The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Most of Long Island's farmers markets take their final bow at Thanksgiving, but a few intrepid souls have organized winter markets where folks can continue to shop until the crocuses come up. The produce offerings are slim, of course, but onions, cauliflower, local hothouse salad greens and potatoes are nothing to sneeze at. And all the markets round out their merchandise with baked goods, jams,...Read more »
Here's a late-breaking entry to 2014's crop of small-plates restaurants: Viaggio Tapas is open for dinner in Rockville Centre.
The restaurant is a collaboration between Ronny Jaramillo, a former general manager at Besito, and RoseAnn Vercillo. They have transformed the space that used to house The Manhattan Bar & Lounge. Now it's all rustic wood, subway tiles and copper pots — plus hooks...Read more »
When Four Food Studio opened in 2005, it immediately changed dining out along Route 110, for decades the Death Valley of restaurants.
Now, its successor, The Refuge Food & Spirit, may do the same.
Almost no trace of Four remains. This has been a truly extreme makeover, turning the modern-to-futurisic dining areas into the equivalent of a Latin American-Italian movie set for a spaghetti...Read more »
MarGene Farms, one of Long Island’s only certified organic farms, is holding a pair of Tuesday-night cooking classes with local chefs.
Dec. 16: Steven Amaral, owner-chocolatier at North Fork Chocolates and former owner of Amarelle in Wading River
Jan. 20: Taylor Knapp, chef at First & South in Greenport
The chefs’ menus will be focused on seasonal produce...Read more »
The Cheesecake Factory has opened its fourth Long Island location at Westfield South Shore Mall in Bay Shore. (The other three are at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington, The Mall at The Source in Westbury and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.)
The national chain is known not only for its eponymous cheesecakes, but for an eclectic, crowd-pleasing menu of generally high-caliber dishes that include...Read more »
Tony Roma's is giving Long Island a ribbing.
The casual-dining chain opens a branch in Commack on Dec. 11. There are other Tony Roma's restaurants in Bayside and in Brooklyn. The Commack establishment is at 2 Henry St., in the Cosentino Commerce Center. More than two decades ago, there was a Tony Roma's in Syosset.
Specialties at Tony Roma's include baby back ribs, St. Louis ribs, beef...Read more »
Tom Colicchio has checked out of Topping Rose House.
The celebrity chef and host of TV's "Top Chef" will formally split in January with the locavore Bridgehampton restaurant and luxury hotel he helped launch.
Colicchio and owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell "mutually agreed to part ways amicably," a spokeswoman for the restaurant said. She added that except for Colicchio's departure,...Read more »
When you’ve enjoyed a meal at a restaurant, it’s tempting to order the same dishes the next time you dine there. In fact, I recently returned to Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Washington for the express purpose of reliving such happy memories as the startling puffy lavas bread and the crispy-gooey-nutty-aromatic kunefe dessert. But in between those two dishes were some new ones.
In addition...Read more »
One way to keep warm this watery and windy day is to indulge in foods that are highly spiced. Word has it that there are also health benefits to turning up the heat when you eat.
Here are three Asian restaurants with a knack for setting your mouth to throbbing. For many, that kind of pain amounts to the greatest of pleasure.
NEW CHILLI & CURRY RESTAURANT
At this popular nexus...Read more »
JW's Public House, a seafood restaurant in Glen Head, has closed.
Owners Mary and Bill Terzi cited requirements and demands by the landlord and Nassau County for shutting the doors. They would have limited the restaurant to 34 seats. The limit made closing necessary. "We have no choice," the owners said in a message on the establishment's Facebook page.
JW's Public House opened last...Read more »