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.
Well, that didn’t last long. Mesita Coastal Cantina opened in May and is now shuttered. The restaurant, in the Port Jefferson space that previously operated as Tequila Jacks, was co-owned by Eric Goldberg and Matt McBride and specialized in frozen Margaritas, ceviche and tamales.
The space has been taken over by the owners of Brewology, the Speonk gastropub that opened in July. Roger...Read more »
You'll find lunch, dinner and, believe it or not, breakfast at the new AlaTurca Mediterranean Restaurant on Rte. 109. The table-service restaurant serves a mostly Turkish repertoire in the former West Babylon digs of Classic American.
Owner Birnur Itil said that husband Akin Ay is executive chef - and comes from a family of chefs. Ay has also owned several full-service restaurants on the coast...Read more »
Akebono Fusion Sushi, situated in the former Huntington digs of Azuma, doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor: a few wooden booths, some tables and a sushi bar within an oddly shaped freestanding building on Broadway Greenlawn.
On a recent dinner visit, sushi proved a strong suit, with a “fantasy” roll ($14.95) — spicy tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado and fresh jalapeño — working...Read more »
Out of the Blue Seafood, a fish market, seafood wholesaler and eatery, has taken over the former Hampton Bay digs of Brewsters Seafood Market.
Here, you can order at the counter and eat at a cafe table or, in good weather, at an outdoor picnic table. You can also get prepared food to go.
Currently, the place is running a Monday-to-Thursday lobster “twofer” wherein you get two 1-1/4 pound...Read more »
What was known as Claudio's in Glen Cove has changed its name to Ristorante Da Claudio.
The action followed an allegation of trademark infringement by Claudio's, the seafood restaurant in Greenport.
Ristorante Da Claudio is in the former location of La Pace With Chef Michael, which succeeded the landmark La Pace there.
Ristorante Da Claudio earned a two-star rating in Newsday in...Read more »
O'Hara's Ale House & Grill has opened in the Port Washington space that used to house J.T. Bullitt. The new establishment, owned by Thomas O'Hara and Ken DeNicola, has an impressive beer lineup, with about 30 brews on tap including four Irish imports (O'Hara's and Smithwick's red ales, Killian's red lager, Murphy's stout) and Magners Irish cider.
The menu, created by chef Jonathan Chevlin,...Read more »
The former Highway Diner & Bar in East Hampton, which had been replaced this past summer by Shuko, a pop-up version of a Manhattan Japanese restaurant, has reopened. Well, sort of. As manager Nelly Moudime explained it, the place is under different ownership with new chefs and a new menu. The original name stays. “We felt like keeping some kind of continuity to make people feel comfortable,”...Read more »
Papa Joseph's Italian Restaurant is up and running in the former Manorville digs of Michelangelo.
The newly renovated dining spot/pizzeria/catering hall is owned by Joseph Passanante, whose son, also named Joseph Passanante, is chef. Passanante previously cooked at Cafeteria in Manhattan. He described his repertoire as “traditional and more modern Italian” with dishes from both Northern...Read more »
The Refuge Food & Spirits, the new restaurant occupying what used to be Four Food Studio, is open for lunch. The menu is an abbreviated and slightly less expensive version of the dinner menu, with more salads and sandwiches.
Among the highlights: Guacamole ($12) is made to order and served in a heavy stone mortar. Empanadas ($3) and pizzas ($11.95 to $13.95) capture the restaurant’s Italian-Latino...Read more »
Your first holiday gift has arrived.
Massimo Fedozzi is back to his stellar form at Pentimento, Dennis Young's longstanding Italian landmark. Fedozzi, who earned high praise for his cooking at the now-gone Vero in Amityville and Palio in Jericho, runs the kitchen. And his regional Italian food is excellent.
Try tortelli di zucca -- airy, slightly sweet, stuffed with roasted butternut...Read more »