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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.
Hunan Dynasty Chinese & Japanese Restaurant just made its debut in the East Meadow strip mall space that last housed a lacrosse store. The new place is under the same family ownership as Hunan Dynasty in Levittown and features the same menu.
A glance at the extensive menu reveals such Chinese dishes as chopped seafood hot and sour soup ($6.50), Singapore mei fun ($9.50), General Tso’s...Read more »
The night I visited Fargiano’s Pizza & Pasta in East Islip, singing chef Richard Desmond was nowhere to be seen. But, late in the meal, his operatic voice rang out in song from the kitchen. And his hand was evident in several dishes.
One was a gratis bowl of Desmond’s trademark hummus with basil oil. A fine dip, served with pieces of basil-garlic bread — excessive, yes, but good....Read more »
Oktoberfest beers are being poured across Long Island.
BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant in Patchogue has a malty, food-friendly one. Try yours with a selection from the restaurant's Oktoberfest menu, which will be available through Oct. 5.
The choices include good, ale-braised bratwurst and knockwurst, set on a 'kraut made with Brussels sprouts. A thatch of fried onions tops the dish....Read more »
When the puck drops on Oct. 4, local burgers will be served at the Nassau Coliseum for Islander games.
Main Street Wholesale Meats, a division of the popular Farmingdale Meat Market, will be supplying the Coliseum with its hamburgers. The market has created an exclusive blend, made with brisket, short rib and chuck, for sale at all home games of the Islanders. They also will be sold during...Read more »
Smithtown Restaurant Week is coming up, from Oct. 5 to 12. This means that now might be a good time to make reservations at a slew of dining spots where a three-course dinner will run you $27.95 per person.
Among participants are Aji 53, Chop Shop and Thai House in Smithtown, along with Five.Five2 and Spezia in St. James. In Hauppauge, there’s Butterfields and Jade Garden, and, in Commack,...Read more »
Ralph Perrazzo, chef-owner of BBD’s — Beers Burgers Desserts in Rocky Point, has expanded the focus of his burger-centric gastropub. (Perrazzo was recently featured as one of Newsday's All-Star Chefs of 2014).
Now the place has 13 large-screen TVs on both sides of the restaurant, with Direct TV coverage of sports nationwide. To go with the game, Perrazzo is offering a special football bar...Read more »
Dilettos, a sprawling Westbury Italian restaurant near the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Glen Cove Road, has closed. For years, the place was part of a Boston chain known as Papa Razzi, but last year, it severed its connection and changed its name.
In 2013, Dilettos received a one-and-a-half star review, with most praise going to the bread, pizza and entrees coming out of the oak-burning...Read more »
Hemingway’s American Bar & Grill in Wantagh, which opened back in 1994, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a two-course $19.94 prix-fixe dinner. The deal runs from Sept. 29 until Oct. 4.
Chef Nick Hannides’ menu starts with a choice of soup or salad. Then, choose from five main course selections: Blackened mahi mahi, roasted chicken, Yankee pot roast, stuffed boneless pork chop,...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Old Fields, the new Greenlawn branch of the Port Jefferson gastropub. “In a downtown rife with restaurants,” he writes, “the new Old Fields immediately stands out. This is a dining room for everyone, whether you're coming for a burger or filet mignon, a pumpkin spice martini or a chocolate malted.”
Joan Reminick visits Ra-Kang, an attractive...Read more »
The cavernous building across from Walt Whitman Shops that, for years, hosted East Buffet, and, later, Best Buffet, just opened with a new occupant: 110 Japan, a sit-down restaurant.
Owner Sonny Ling said the extensively remodeled space seats 350. It’s divided into two separate areas, one a sushi restaurant and, the other a Japanese hibachi steakhouse outfitted with 12 tables. In between...Read more »