The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.
While the majority of Long Island restaurants won’t be stirring Christmas Day, many will — and in more ways than one. We give you 10, covering a wide swath of territory, both in geography and cuisine. NASSAU COUNTY MORRISON’S, 430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview, 516-932-8460
From 2 to 10 p.m., this new gastropub will be serving its regular dinner repertoire, ranging from burnt Brussels sprouts to...Read more »
Wednesday’s Table, a new breakfast-and-lunch restaurant in the former digs of the Piping Plover Cafe, has opened on Main Road in Southold. It’s a collaboration between two sisters, Lena Tanzi and Linh Trieu, who immigrated with their parents to the United States from Vietnam in 1979.
Trieu is the executive chef. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, she cooked at Manhattan restaurants...Read more »
Lula Trattoria in Mineola has closed.
The stylish small-plates restaurant, which debuted a little over a year ago in the former Jericho Turnpike digs of Circa Enoteca, garnered a two-star rating from Newsday’s Peter Gianotti. He called it “one big tasting of little plates,” praising, among other dishes, the tuna crudo, pan-seared scallops and bucatini all’Amatriciana.
The restaurant's...Read more »
The Asian-fusion trendlet continues with the opening of Otaki Sushi in Garden City Park, just east of New Hyde Park.
Otaki Sushi offers the familiar array of sushi and sashimi, teriyakis and tempuras, traditional and more exotic sushi rolls. But the kitchen also prepares colorful fusion fare such as an eggplant "cha cha" roll, garlic-butter oysters, Cajun pepper tuna salad, and tuna-mango...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar in Garden City, dedicated to “the simple pleasures of sipping wine and sharing small plates.” With its high ceilings and wood beams, Plancha resembles Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa (with whom it shares owners) but Garden City boasts a flat-top Spanish grill — the eponymous plancha — that is responsible for such Iberian...Read more »
Nothing like a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a bitter cold day. Here are some places on Long Island that do a fine job:
Herrell’s, 46L Gerard St., Huntington, 631-673-1100
It’s something I wish all ice cream stores would do in winter: make really good hot chocolate. Well, at least Herrell’s has stepped up to the plate. The Huntington shop offers seven hot flavors: original, malted,...Read more »
Las Vinas, the Manhasset Peruvian restaurant that opened in fall 2010, has been dark for a few weeks now. The phone has been disconnected.
And no answer at Harvest Buffet in Great Neck, which has seen no activity for nearly a month. The Asian all-you-can-eat, situated on Northern Boulevard just East of the Queens border, opened in 1999. ...Read more »
Gentlemen, if you are having trouble getting motivated to do your holiday shopping, Tres Palms may be able to help.
The Babylon restaurant has convceived a stag event that is relatively short on actual shopping, looooong on eating, drinking and football.
Here’s the schedule:
11 a.m. to noon: Fortify yourself with brunch (entrees range from $9 to $16) and a complimentary Bloody...Read more »
Kyma, one of the best new restaurants of 2013, hosts a New Year's Eve party, with an a la carte menu from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m and a fixed-price $95 one starting at 9 p.m.
The Roslyn restaurant will offer a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, plus noisemakers and hats. Appetizers will be served family-style. Guests can pick one item for each course.
Selections include Greek salad,...Read more »
Patchogue's downtown area, once a culinary wasteland, has come into its own as a true dining destination. Stroll about and you’ll find a restaurant to satisfy your particular craving. Here are just five options. PERABELL FOOD BAR, 69 E. Main St., 631-447-7766 A booming bar scene is just one attration at this energetic gastropub. Here, you can make a meal of appetizers -- expertly fried calamari,...Read more »