The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro joins the gang of chain restaurants at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. Located next to Barnes & Noble, the Asian dining spot has an outside entrance as well as one within the mall, near the Apple Store.
On the menu: Chicken lettuce wraps ($8.95), a spicy tuna roll ($7.50), lemongrass chicken salad ($7.95), Vietnamese noodles with steak and shrimp ($12.95), kung...Read more »
In East Rockaway, Reel replaces The Fishery, a waterside restaurant that had been pretty much destroyed by superstorm Sandy. In April, the place reopened in limited fashion and was still called The Fishery, but recently changed both its name and sign. Under the aegis of executive chef Adam Goldgell, it is now fully functioning.
Goldgell, who was chef co-owner of the former Hog House BBQ in...Read more »
Say good morning to the Morning Rose Cafe, new for breakfast and lunch in Bellmore.
Owner Rose Tzanetos said she wanted her place to have a homey B&B ambience. White wainscoting, pale green walls and soft background music play into that. Although Tzanetos has chef certification from the Culinary Academy of Long Island in Syosset, the position of executive chef belongs to Roberto Baez,...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 »
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 »
One Italian restaurant replaces another as Groppelo's Ristorante takes over the former Port Washington digs of Sisina. Although the switch actually happened months ago, the correct sign only recently went up.
On the menu: A Margherita pizza ($12.95), polenta and asparagus ($12.95), rigatoni Bolognese ($16.95), chicken scarpariello ($19.95) and shrimp and pico de gallo ($22.95).
Groppelo's...Read more »
The new 212 Sushi Lounge in Rockville Centre takes over the former digs of Chichen Itza, a short-lived Mexican restaurant. The space has been entirely gutted and renovated, said Jeff Foroglou, who co-owns the new dining spot with Barry Huang, a partner at Aji 53 in Bay Shore and Smithtown.
The menu, said Foroglou, covers a lot more than sushi. It lists crispy rock shrimp tempura ($9), oysters...Read more »
New to Hicksville is George’s Place, a casual counter-serve eatery serving Greek and American specialties. Chef-owner George Mirmigos said he makes just about everything from scratch — including hand-cut fries. The only exception, he said, is the gyro, which is commercially made.
On the menu: a horiatiki salad of tomato, onion, cucumbers feta and olives ($9.95), a cheeseburger ($5.50), a ...Read more »
The Panera Bread on Old Country Road (just west of Manetto Hill Road) in Plainview offers something no other Long Island branch provides: a drive-through window.
Which means that without leaving your car, you can get anything on the store’s cafe and bakery menu. Like a Mediterranean egg white sandwich in the morning. Or, for lunch or dinner, chicken noodle soup and a chipotle chicken panino....Read more »
There’s a bit of irony in the name of the burger spot that just made its debut in the former Plainview home of Cheeburger Cheeburger (which still has locations in Farmingdale and Great Neck). DirtyBurger is all about clean eating — hormone and antibiotic-free beef and from-scratch preparations. Even the ketchup is made on premises.
Chef-owner Ian Russo came up with the name after winning a...Read more »