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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.
Red, a Huntington restaurant known for dishes ranging from steak frites to spinach-and-ricotta ravioli, is a "complete disaster" following a fire on Saturday, co-owner Nino Antuzzi said Monday.
"The entire restaurant is gone."
About 70 people were evacuated from it Saturday night. The fired blazed through a block of stores and destroyed the popular Red, situated at 417 New York...Read more »
It was Old Home week at the Restaurant Show at Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Sunday. One of the things I love about the annual trade show (official name: International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York) is the chance to catch up with folks and learn what new products they’ve got coming down the pike.
The show is aimed at the restaurant trade, and the 500 exhibitors...Read more »
Add The Meal Man to the growing list of Long Island restaurant delivery options. The Arizona-based company has recently expanded to include a Long Island market that, currently, encompasses the area from Smithtown to Port Jefferson and points north and south. Among eateries represented are Raan Thai in Nesconset, Island Empanada in Ronkonkoma and Bobbique in Patchogue.
Owner and founder Brett...Read more »
Buoy One on Main Street in Huntington has closed. The offshoot of a Riverhead restaurant, which also has a Westhampton branch, opened last spring but didn't quite make it to a year.
The restaurant got 1-1/2 stars in an August 2013 Newsday review that observed “it’s fully possible to get a great meal. Or a mediocre one.” There was praise for a clam chowder “more brothy than creamy, filled with...Read more »
On days like this one, when it’s all you can do to stop your teeth from chattering, there’s culinary relief at three Long Island eateries — each a specialist in a single kind of comfort food.
In Mineola, you’ll find Mama Soup, situated in the ground floor of an office building. Here, a soup bar features 28 varieties, which can be eaten on premises or packed to go. Highly recommended:...Read more »
Heard the forecast?
Yes, while they're handing out Oscars in Hollywood, Katy Perry and John Mayer stay split, and Justin Bieber's sobriety walk becomes a new dance, six to eight inches of snow are expected to fall on Long Island.
Which is why, once more, we can hardly wait till spring. Now, it's under the three-week mark.
And the appetite turns to asparagus and peas, ramps and...Read more »
Huge, handsome and hip, That Meetball Place in Patchogue is a study in wood, brick and iron. High ceilings, a high decibel level and a high-top communal table amp up the vibe. Even the name of the place is a play on words: You go there to meet, have a ball and eat meatballs. All kinds, served in any number of ways.
On a recent evening, when the place reverberated with loud music and shouted...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, The Trattoria in St. James vaults into the top tier of Long Island’s Italian restaurants. In November, Eric Lomando sold the casual BYO place (formerly called Kitchen A Trattoria) to his chef, Steven Gallagher. Now, writes Peter M. Gianotti, the place is even better. Gallagher “changes the menu daily. But the results are invariably the same … creative, genuine, fairly...Read more »
Ben Durham has been appointed executive chef of Prime American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington.
Durham was, until September, executive chef at Melville’s Four Food Studio. He came aboard Prime in November, after the departure of executive chef Gregg Lauletta (who earned three stars from Newsday in 2012).
With multiple dining rooms and outdoor decks, Prime sprawls along the waterfront...Read more »
Let the sushi wars begin.
Here’s the latest shot: Nisen One Ten, the eagerly awaited Melville branch of the Japanese-fusion group, has completed a major renovation and opened in the former home of Barolo.
Any trace of that long-standing, sedate Italian trattoria has been obliterated by the snazzy new sushi restaurant whose decor is an absolutely-of-the-moment blend of industrial chic...Read more »