The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Erica Marcus has covered food for Newsday since 1998. She has written features about the origins of Grandma pizza, the controversy over matzoh brei, the mystery of the soft-shell lobster and many many articles that attempt to justify the hundreds of dollars she spends every year on knives and knife-sharpening. Since 2005 she has written a weekly column, Burning Questions, in which she answers readers' questions. In 2002 her article “A Knish is Still a Knish” was nominated for a James Beard award, and in 2003 she won the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page award for her “Food Without The Fuss: a history of TV Dinners.” After graduation from Swarthmore College, Erica took a job at Crown Publishers, first in production and later in editorial. She rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked on a wide range of books, including many award-winning cookbooks. She left book publishing for newspaper journalism the same year she left Manhattan for her ancestral home of Brooklyn, where she still lives. She eats most of her meals on Long Island.
The flavors are still singular at Lola, Great Neck’s Asian-tinged sophisticate. But the format has come down to earth a bit. Earlier this year chef-owner Michael Ginor’s 3½-star restaurant switched from an all-small-plates menu to a more conventional one featuring appetizers and main courses.
Chef de cuisine Kwaku Boah said that the change was prompted by regular requests from dinner guests...Read more »
When Ward Melville thought about Stony Brook, the businessman and landowner envisioned New England south. It has that quality and a lot more -- including some dining destinations. Here are five.
MIRABELLE RESTAURANT AND TAVERN, 150 Main St. (Three Village Inn), 631-751-0555
Now you can enjoy the restaurant menu in the more casual tavern too. Guy Reuge's farm-to-table menu changes regularly....Read more »
Half-price discounts on some major bottles highlight the "winter wine tour" at Prime in Huntington and Tellers: An American Chophouse in Islip from March 11 to 16.
The restaurants also will offer a $50 prix fixe menu during the vinous week.
The Prime menu includes main dishes such as filet mignon, Scottish salmon, pan-roasted chicken and pan-seared Long Island duck breast. At Tellers,...Read more »
This Saturday, Huntington’s 2-month-old gluten-free market, Eat Good, will be celebrating its grand opening. The store launched with one of Long Island’s best selections of gluten-free groceries. Two months in, owner Jennifer Keschner has added more grab-and-go fare, more freshly baked pastries, more paleo-friendly items.
Stop by and sample the merchandise, enter raffles for gift certificates...Read more »
The reborn Painters' is putting on an exhibition in Brookhaven hamlet.Yes, the dining room is loaded with paintings. But the real splashes of color now are on the plate, too, courtesy of chef Luis Marin.
This truly is a something-for-everyone kitchen. Enjoy a steamed bun with shrimp and slaw, nibble on a grilled pizza, dive into a salad; try fried chicken or arroz con pollo, sesame-crusted...Read more »
A recent dinner at Massa’s Coal-Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria in Huntington proved a mixed experience, in terms of food and service.
The eatery, which occupies the former home of Guido’s, faces onto a municipal parking lot. Whenever the door opened, a cold wind rushed in, making for a shivery experience at a front table. While our server was pleasant and earnest, she was hard-pressed with way...Read more »
Red, a Huntington restaurant known for dishes ranging from steak frites to spinach-and-ricotta ravioli, is a "complete disaster" following a fire on Saturday, co-owner Nino Antuzzi said Monday.
"The entire restaurant is gone."
About 70 people were evacuated from it Saturday night. The fired blazed through a block of stores and destroyed the popular Red, situated at 417 New York...Read more »
It was Old Home week at the Restaurant Show at Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Sunday. One of the things I love about the annual trade show (official name: International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York) is the chance to catch up with folks and learn what new products they’ve got coming down the pike.
The show is aimed at the restaurant trade, and the 500 exhibitors...Read more »
Add The Meal Man to the growing list of Long Island restaurant delivery options. The Arizona-based company has recently expanded to include a Long Island market that, currently, encompasses the area from Smithtown to Port Jefferson and points north and south. Among eateries represented are Raan Thai in Nesconset, Island Empanada in Ronkonkoma and Bobbique in Patchogue.
Owner and founder Brett...Read more »
Buoy One on Main Street in Huntington has closed. The offshoot of a Riverhead restaurant, which also has a Westhampton branch, opened last spring but didn't quite make it to a year.
The restaurant got 1-1/2 stars in an August 2013 Newsday review that observed “it’s fully possible to get a great meal. Or a mediocre one.” There was praise for a clam chowder “more brothy than creamy, filled with...Read more »