Latest fine dining reviews
The latest fine dining reviews from critic Peter M. Gianotti.
360 Taiko Sushi & Lounge(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
360 Taiko Sushi & Lounge, Patchogue: 360 Taiko Sushi & Lounge adds to the restaurant boomlet in downtown Patchogue.
Fish on Main(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Fish on Main, Port Washington: Fish on Main succeeds Fish-Kebab and ups the ante and the style in Port Washington.
The Butcher's Bar & Grill(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
The Butcher's Bar & Grill, Williston Park: The Butcher's Bar & Grill is the newest prime player in Long Island's ever-expanding steakland.
ToA Asian Fusion(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
ToA Asian Fusion, Huntington: ToA Asian Fusion brings a combo of cuisines to downtown Huntington.
La Strada of Merrick(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
La Strada of Merrick, Merrick: La Strada of Merrick is a traditional, dependable, friendly spot that specializes in Italian-American favorites.
Trullo d'Oro(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Trullo d'Oro, Hicksville: Trullo d'Oro brings a taste of Apulia in southern Italy to Hicksville via veteran restaurateurs.
Emilio's Fine Italian Restaurant(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Emilio's Fine Italian Restaurant, Huntington Station: Emilio's Fine Italian Restaurant satisfies with traditional fare.
True North(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
True North, Huntington: This gastropub brings big flavors and brews to downtown Huntington.
Copperhill(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Copperhill, Williston Park: After a 16-week overhaul, Williston Park's continental stalwart La Marmite has been transformed into this bright, fresh spot serving refined New American cuisine in an elegant, farmhouse chic-setting.
Sandbar(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Sandbar, Cold Spring Harbor: The traditional and the contemporary come together with flair as Guy Reuge and Eric Werner bring a new taste to Cold Spring Harbor.
Seven Quarts Tavern(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Seven Quarts Tavern, Northport: Seven Quarts Tavern has poured into Northport at the site that housed La Capannina and J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse. Exit zabaglione, enter apple pie burrito.
Sophia Italian Bistro(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Sophia Italian Bistro, Amityville: The former chef of Luigi Q in Hicksville stars once more at this Amityville spot.
American Beech(Credit: Randee Daddona)
American Beech, Greenport: American Beech is in full bloom in Greenport; an excellent New American restaurant.
Restaurant Yamaguchi(Credit: Michael Nagle)
Restaurant Yamaguchi, Port Washington: After a fire and a move down the street, Yamaguchi has reopened in Port Washington in a bright dining room, modestly appointed, full of bamboo plywood and light touches. The busy sushi bar is better than ever.
Americana Prime Steakhouse(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Americana Prime Steakhouse, Port Jefferson Station: Geared toward carnivores, with a menu that is broader than a traditional steakhouse, this spot is situated within the Meadow Club.
Organico(Credit: Benjamin Petit)
Organico, Port Washington: Organico in Port Washington stays true to its name, emphasizing the organic and the sustainable, and the results are very good.
Wolffer Kitchen(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Wolffer Kitchen, Sag Harbor: Wolffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor enters the off-season with very good food and wine, less crowds and more appeal.
Cassariano(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Cassariano, Mineola: Cassariano makes the trip from its restaurant in Florida to Long Island, sunny personality and easygoing Italian style intact.
Lobster Shack(Credit: Marisol Diaz)
Lobster Shack, Seaford: Lobster Shack extends the summer in Seaford, with year-round seafood choices and warm, friendly style.
Brewology(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Brewology, Port Jefferson: The second Brewology improves on the first, with elevated gastropub food. The selection of brews more than rivals it.
Hana(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Hana, Port Washington: Hana is Long Island's new sushi destination, opening opposite the railroad station in Port Washington, with three-star cuisine. And the cooked is just as flavorful as the raw.
Scarpetta Beach(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)
Scarpetta Beach (at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa), Montauk: Scarpetta Beach makes the biggest splash of the summer and turns Gurney's oceanfront resort in Montauk into a dining destination.
Michaelangelo's Wine Bar(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Michaelangelo's Wine Bar, Massapequa Park: This city-inspired, savory snack of a restaurant offers good wines and the casual food that goes with them.
Mio Sushi & Steakhouse(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Mio Sushi & Steakhouse, East Northport: The noise you hear is coming from Mio Sushi & Steakhouse in East Northport, where the uncooked fish-and-hibachi specialist seems like a party in progress. Join in.
Chama Rodizio(Credit: Marisol Diaz)
Chama Rodizio, Glen Cove: It's meat, meat, meat, plus a few good fish, at Portuguese-Brazilian barbecue spot Chama in Glen Cove.
ASA Tapas N Sushi(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
ASA Tapas N Sushi, Huntington: ASA brings together the cuisines of Japan and Peru with flair and artistry in downtown Huntington.
Artaux Fine Foods(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Artaux Fine Foods, Sea Cliff: Artaux Fine Foods is Sea Cliff's new star, as the respected caterer opens a stylish, distinctive restaurant.
Momi Ramen(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Momi Ramen, East Hampton: Noodlemania hits the Hamptons with the opening of Momi Ramen, the very good offspring of the Miami restaurant, where wheat noodles and long-simmered pork-bone broth reign.
Lola(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Lola, Great Neck: Lola has remade itself, with a more casual style, more moderate prices and more big North African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors.
Highway Restaurant and Bar(Credit: Nicole Horton)
Highway Restaurant and Bar, East Hampton: Many restaurants have tanked in this East Hampton spot. Veterans will recall the quick exits of Gulf Stream Grill, Rubi Red, Rugosa and Highway Diner, among others. But the latter's successor, Highway Restaurant and Bar, looks like it has staying power. The handsome, contemporary American has markedly improved service, and food from chef Justin Finney?s kitchen that often is very good.
Lost and Found(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
Lost and Found, Long Beach: Chef-owner Alexis Trolf offers a quirky, highly personal spot with about 30-some seats and an array of small plates meant for sharing. Recommended: vitello tonnato (pictured), a chilled veal dish with tuna-sparked mayo.; truffled potatoes with aioli; charred octopus; chile-lime roasted chicken; and dry-aged rib-eye steak.
Winston's Bar and Grill(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
Winston's Bar and Grill, East Hampton: Winston's Bar and Grill lights up the summer in East Hampton with Caribbean flair and more. Ready for fried lobster?
Boca Kitchen Bar(Credit: Benjamin Petit)
Boca Kitchen Bar, Glen Cove: This spot offers a waterside, summery setting, and a generally good mix of seafood and Latin cuisines.
The Oar(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
The Oar, Patchogue: The Oar in Patchogue powers you to seafood and steak, and doubtless a few drinks, while providing a very summery water view.
Akira Steak House & Sushi Bar(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Akira Steak House & Sushi Bar, St. James: This eatery adds to the rush of Asian-fusion restaurants on Long Island. The new spot has a sushi bar, hibachi tables and many specialties. It's best, however, for sashimi.
Orient Odyssey(Credit: Nicole Horton)
Orient Odyssey, Jericho: This eatery is the years most awaited restaurant. The Chinese spot is the offspring of The Orient in Bethpage. It can be both excellent and erratic, sometimes during the same meal. Best for dim sum, especially served from rolling carts on weekends; and for dishes such as sauteed, cubed flounder with chives and crisp fried chicken with garlic.
Kenta(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Kenta, Melville: This Asian-and-New American restaurant, heightens the competition with its very good, sometimes excellent fare, under executive chef Jason Lee. Kenta moves into the site recently occupied by Nisen 110. Visit for standout sashimi and sushi plus dishes such as organic chicken with garlic and avocado toast with burrata cheese. Service has improved a lot, too.
Gran Paradiso(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Gran Paradiso, Island Park: Though this eatery may have nothing to do with Italy's alpine national park, it still has dependably fine food and gracious, friendly service. Recommended: pan-seared pork chop (pictured), tomato risotto and chicken Montagnola.
Vortex Asian Bistro(Credit: Heather Walsh)
Vortex Asian Bistro, Port Jefferson Station: Sharp and bright, this restaurant combines Asian fusion with Japanese cuisine. The result: nimble, creative, very good. Recommended: crisp-skinned red snapper (pictured), Kumamoto oysters and maguro tuna and salmon.
Plates South Asian Tapas(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Plates South Asian Tapas, Huntington: This sleek, contemporary addition to downtown Huntington focuses mainly on Indian and Pakistani fare. Recommended: tokri chaat (pictured), samosas and qeema naan.
Lisbon Cafe, Carle Place: This Portuguese restaurant is an offspring of Mineola mainstay Heart of Portugal. It's a cozy space that serves up food just as good, and sometimes better, than it's sister restaurant. Recommended: bacalhau a lagareiro (cod with roasted peppers, onions, potatoes, olive oil and garlic), chouriço (pork sausage), caldo verde (kale-and-potato soup).
Mannino's Italian Kitchen & Lounge(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Mannino's Italian Kitchen & Lounge, Commack: Of the three branches of Mannino's on Long Island, this spot is the largest. This sprawling, two-story affair prepares Italian-American favorites very well. Recommended: grilled octopus, cavatelli with olive oil and garlic, beef braciola.
La Pala(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)
La Pala , Glen Cove: Bustling, friendly and full of hearty, good food, La Pala has found an instant niche in downtown Glen Cove. Focusing on traditional Italian cuisine, this cozy restaurant hits the mark. Recommended: four-seasons pizza (pictured), eggplant croquettes, "Parmesan trio."
Viaggio Tapas(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Viaggio Tapas, Rockville Centre: While other restaurants annex the word "tapas" almost as fast and freely as they appropriate "bistro" and "grill," Rockville Centre’s Viaggio Tapas earns the right. The look is mainly exposed brick and unvarnished wood, with some windowlike accents and stylized artwork. Recommended: smoked Basque oysters (pictured), seafood paella, zucchini flatbread.
Koi Kokoro(Credit: Doug Young)
Koi Kokoro, Islip: Koi Kokoro in Islip looks pared down, streamlined and minimalist, but the food is a different story. The modest storefront spot prepares fine, traditional sushi. The kitchen goes in for a bright, stretch-the-definition spin on tapas -- and succeeds. Recommended: Kokoro "bon bomb", Miru mountain roll, Miru mountain
Amara Kitchen & Cocktails(Credit: Daniel Brennan)
Amara Kitchen & Cocktails, Blue Point: A sprawling, mostly Greek, renovated restaurant, Amara Kitchen & Cocktails moved into the former quarters of Blue. Its contemporary style gives this Blue Point restaurant a nice overall ambience, but its fare at times falls flat. Recommended: pan-seared dry scallops (pictured), hand-rolled pita and saganaki.
Kurofune(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Kurofune, Commack: Recently under new ownership, Kurofune Japanese Restaurant has been serving Commack for the last two decades. The current version is a lot better than its predecessor, with a more polished dining room and sushi bar, as well as an updated menu with a few pleasant surprises. Recommended: the rainbow roll, soba soup and fluke usuzukuri.
Hush Bistro(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Hush Bistro, Farmingdale: Meticulously designed, the almost industrial-style space is decorated with reclaimed wood and vintage scones. The space is small -- it fits only 26 diners -- but the flavors are big. Meals here are thoughtful and flavorful. Recommended: Berkshire pork chop (pictured), lobster bisque and house-smoked ribs.
P.J. Clarke's(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
P.J. Clarke's, Woodbury: The newest P.J. Clarke's has uncorked in Woodbury, leading with eight burgers and six ryes. It's precisely designed and polished, and you can have a pretty good meal here if you order carefully. Recommended: the "Cadillac" burger (pictured), lobster-salad roll and dry-aged sirloin steak.
The Refuge(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)
The Refuge, Melville: The Refuge Food & Spirits, heir to Four Food Studio, is a bold, whimsical redesign that almost turns the site into a movie set with amusement-park flair. The vibe inside is eclectic, with distressed wood, no chairs that match and a pop-and-rock soundtrack. With excellent Latin fare and tasty Italian dishes, you can tell the party is just getting started. Recommended: paella (pictured), baked eggplant with pappardelle and ropa vieja nachos.