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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.
Mitch & Toni’s, the New American collaboration between chef Mitch SuDock and manager Toni Contino, has closed.
The restaurant opened in May 2011 and earned 2½ stars from Newsday's Peter M. Gianotti, who praised the tender baby back ribs, the sweet Asian-accent barbecue chicken wings, bacon-wrapped monkfish and the chef's signature pistachio-crusted halibut with lemon-beurre blanc. SuDock...Read more »
True American Kitchen has opened in the Jericho Turnpike spot that was formerly Lula Trattoria (and, before that, Circa Enoteca).
True to its name, the restaurant offers regional American classics such as Louisiana shrimp and grits, New England lobster roll, Buffalo wings, Southern fried chicken and waffles, roast chicken and a burger, albeit one with slab bacon, smoked Gouda, avocado, crispy...Read more »
The new Istanbul Doner Kebab House in West Hempstead is a Turkish and Mediterranean grocery as well as a restaurant. Owner Kerin Kayaci said that the place offers table service for those who want to stay and eat.
On the menu: shepherd salad ($4.50 small; $7.50 large), hummus ($4), falafel ($4), chicken chops ($12), lamb shish kebab ($12), house-made beef and lamb doner, or gyro ($12), chicken...Read more »
An outdoor table at the new Bosporus Cafe Grill in Port Washington seemed the place to be on a recent evening. But the breeze got a bit too chilly, so we ate indoors in the simply but handsomely appointed dining room for what proved a positive experience.
The ideal accompaniment for a mixed appetizer plate ($18.50) — hummus, ezme (spicy chopped vegetables), babaganush, tabbouleh (cracked wheat...Read more »
Azafrán Colombian Restaurant in St. James is simple but attractive in design. You may recognize the site as the former home of Red Tomato and, before that, Attilio’s Grill. Outside the place, a life-size statue of a chef greets customers.
The house specialty, rotisserie roasted chicken, is what you want to get. I had it as part of a “bandeja,” ($11) or platter, that also included chicken...Read more »
The floods of superstorm Sandy closed Caffe Laguna in Long Beach but did not destroy the restaurant’s wood-burning oven. That oven has inspired Caffe Laguna’s successor: Grotta di Fuoco, “cave of fire,” which opened two weeks ago.
The new restaurant’s chef-owner is Andrew Allotti, who worked briefly at Caffe Laguna and, before that, for two years at Sole in Oceanside. Raised in Baldwin, Allotti...Read more »
Fairway Market is reaching out to older customers by introducing its 6% FOR SIXTY discount program.
Starting Aug. 26, customers 60 and older will get a 6 percent discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Fairway Markets in Plainview, Westbury and Lake Grove. The program was launched in the spring at Fairway locations in Paramus and Woodland Park, New Jersey, and Nanuet, New York. Seniors must...Read more »
The construction has been going on for months, but the sign has now gone up to announce the successor to Melville’s sprawling Four Food Studio & Cocktail Salon. The new restaurant’s name is The Refuge Food & Spirits. Plans for the menu include a blend of Italian and Latin comfort foods.
“We wanted to serve food that was accessible, immediately understandable. The Latin guys kept...Read more »
Mesita Coastal Cantina is serving frozen Margaritas, ceviche and tamales in the Port Jefferson space that last hosted Tequila Jacks. The place is co-owned by Eric Goldberg and Matt McBride, who is also an owner at Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre.
In charge of the kitchen is chef Victor Chicas, who last cooked at Parlay Gastropub. On the mostly Mexican menu: pork tamales ($8.50), blackened...Read more »
Old-fashioned Italian cooking is at the heart of the new Spaghettini Pizza Trattoria, which replaces the departed Michelangelo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant on Mineola Boulevard.
The place is owned by the Vetrano family. You may be familiar with Joe Vetrano, who owns Skinny Pizza in Roslyn Heights and Roosevelt Field. “It’s my brother Pasquale Vetrano who is in charge,” said Vetrano, adding...Read more »