The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Roy Pelaez, resourceful owner of Island Empanada in Ronkonkoma, has come up with a heart-shaped edition of his eatery's little fried pies for Valentine’s Day.
Choose any empanada from the menu and — with advance notice — you can have it made as a heart. Augmenting the regular menu of savory empanadas are new additions — spicy cheese, pernil and jerk chicken, to name a few. There are also dessert...Read more »
James McDevitt, profiled as a Newsday All-Star Chef back in 2009, has left Jellyfish. The Centerport restaurant opened in October 2012.
McDevitt, whose Long Island credentials include the former Two Steak & Sushi Den, as well as K. Pacho in New Hyde Park and Four Food Studio in Melville, said he will be corporate executive chef for ESquared Hospitality, whose BLT Steak on 57th Street in...Read more »
Nick & Toni's, celebrity magnet and three-star restaurant, will close for a face-lift starting next Monday.
The hardest Hamptons' table to snag on a summer Saturday, Nick & Toni's is refreshing and updating its dining rooms and bar, including floors, tables, seating, lighting. But the layout and the style of the 25-year old Mediterranean eatery are expected to remain the same. Under...Read more »
Not long ago, at Show Win in Northport, I noticed — and ordered — a duck tortilla roll from a menu insert of dinner specials. The crisp and alluring little cylinders ($8), made with duck, scallions, hoisin sauce and flour tortillas, are fried and then cut on the bias. They bring to mind a much costlier, more complex dish: Peking duck.
Yet this was far from the first time I’ve encountered...Read more »
New to the nightlife scene in Bay Shore is Hemisphere, a supper club with a New American small plates menu from chef Jeffery Slade. Previously, Slade cooked at the former Farmhouse restaurant in Greenport and, more recently, Madison’s in Williston Park.
Hemisphere co-owner Chris Cox speaks of a sophisticated cocktail menu as well as a changing roster of musical performers — mainly jazz and...Read more »
Maybe I’m too competitive but I often consider dining a sport where each course constitutes a round with a winner and a loser. At a recent meal at Vespa, I placed in the middle
Vespa Cibobuono, which has stood at the corner of Northern Boulevard and Great Neck Road since 1992, closed for a while last year for renovations and reopened in October 2012. Not much has changed; it’s still a friendly...Read more »
Some call it a sports bar and grill. Others, a gastropub. The term “breastaurant” has also been bandied about. Classify it as you will, Bottomz Up — staffed by curvaceous young women in short-shorts and tank tops — is now up and running in Carle Place.
You may remember that the 6,000 square foot place with 50 large flats screen TVs opened last July, only to close in August because...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Five. Five. 2 in St. James, “a restaurant so confident and convincing that you’ll start using 5-5-2 as lottery numbers.” In the space that used to be O’s Food and Wine Bar, chef Adam Pitré makes stylish plates, small and large.
Joan Reminick visits Mermaid Asian Bistro in Ronkonkoma. In a “Long Island restaurant pool already swimming with hybrid...Read more »
Since there’s going to be significant white stuff on the ground, two Long Island restaurateurs are ready, as ever, with their snow discounts.
In Huntington, Tutto Pazzo co-owner Joe Petrone said he is giving a 25 percent discount tonight and upping it to 50 percent for Saturday. This goes for food only.
And Uncle Bacala’s restaurants in both Garden City Park and Smithtown will give 25...Read more »
FeelGoods, Kathy Gerdes and Nicole Lawrence’s friendly little health-conscious cafe, has closed. Earlier this week the women posted on their Facebook page that after a lot of “business soul-searching,” it became clear that “closing is the difficult but necessary move.”
Last March, the cafe's signature item, the vegetarian EdgyBurger, took first place in the new-product competition at the New...Read more »