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.
What do you get when you cross a celebration with local shellfish? Shellabration!
At least that's what Greenport is calling its bivalve bash. On Dec. 7 and 8, the town will be honoring the bounty of the Peconic Bay with its second annual Shellabration restaurant walk.
More than a dozen of the town’s best eateries — Biere, First and South, Lucharitos, Main, Noah’s, Salamander’s and Scrimshaw...Read more »
Having a dispute with Nassau County? If it brings you to Mineola, consider stopping for lunch at Mama Soup. Occupying half the ground floor of an office building across the street from the Nassau County government offices, the soup-centric eatery offers both eat-in (about 36 seats) and takeout.
The main event here is soup. A long, double-wide soup bar accommodates 28 different varieties of...Read more »
Buffalo Grille has joined the herd at the Morton Village Shopping Center in Plainview. The informal eatery, which shares partial ownership with Lisa’s Buffalo Grille in Greenlawn, offers both table and counter service.
Buffalo-style chicken wings, not surprisingly, are featured prominently on the menu with a variety of sauce options and spice levels, from mild to inferno, honey mustard to...Read more »
There will be a lot of shucking and pouring in Bridgehampton on Friday.
Fresh Hamptons restaurant hosts a six-course, oysters-and-wine pairing dinner on Dec. 6, starting at 7 p.m. Cost: $95 per person plus tax and tip.
Wines from Paumanok Vineyards will be matched with different preparations of Howard Pickerell's Pride Oysters.
The menu includes grilled oysters with chive beurre...Read more »
It’s always news when a restaurant returns from the hereafter. The latest resurrection involves Painters’ Restaurant in Brookhaven Hamlet. The place suffered a fire in May of 2012 and, for a long while, bore a “for sale” sign out front. It is now reopened.
Owner Craig Baz said that the place has been restored to keep its historic feel. Brick has been exposed, floors have been refinished and...Read more »
Rocco DiSpirito is coming to the rescue.
On Thursday, Dec, 5 at 10 p.m., you can watch as another Long Island restaurant get a TV makeover — this time on Food Network’s “A Restaurant Divided” with culinary personality DiSpirito running the show.
As executive chef Michael Rodonis Jr. tells it, his family’s Oceanside restaurant, Michael’s Porthole, was hard hit by superstorm Sandy. DiSpirito...Read more »
Just in time for Christmas season, Spezia arrives with enough carbs to fuel the marathon.
The bright, friendly Italian spot is a comfortable refuge from the rush of the work week and long lines at the mall.
Alex Camargo, formerly a waiter at Casa Rustica in Smithtown, is among the principals at the new restaurant, which moves into the address previously occupied by Mauricio's Orlando...Read more »
When Tom Schaudel opened his sparkling Melville restaurant Jewel in December 2011, he designated one of the many dining areas a cigar-and-Cognac lounge. Turned out he overestimated his customers’ appetite for stogies and brandy because more often than not, he said, the room served as a way station “for chairs that the busboys didn’t want to carry downstairs.”
So he transformed it into Be-Ju...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti reviews Eric’s Italian Bistro, the newest venture from George Echeverria, who “has starred at high-style restaurants such as Soigné in Woodmere and Amicale in Huntington Station; plus the more modest Andiamo in Mineola.” The chef-owner named his new Mineola restaurant for a beloved uncle, and Eric’s honors Uncle Eric “with exemplary service and a warm approach...Read more »
Reader, if you are eating Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant, I envy you. This item is not for you. But if you are cooking Thanksgiving, I offer this last-minute advice.
If you do not already own an oven thermometer and an instant-read meat thermometer, stop reading right now, go to the nearest Bed Bath & Beyond, and buy these two indispensable items.
Find out your local supermarket’s...Read more »