The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Newsday's "Eat Here Now," top-100 restaurant series continues this week with the 10 best seafood houses.
You put up with a lot of limp fried calamari and overcooked, farmed salmon before making the big catch. These 10 make up for all the overdone broiled seafood platters and stuffed flounders.
The 2014 list includes places as different from each other as the casual restaurant and market, ...Read more »
New name. New chef. New style.
Welcome to H2O Seafood & Sushi, the fish house remade. This had been H2O Seafood Grill. Under chef Wayne Cafariella, it's a tasty combination of traditional fare, updates, and a renewed emphasis on the uncooked.
Very good choices include fried oysters with sauce remoulade; the generous lobster bake, with clams, chorizo sausage, corn on the cob and fingerling...Read more »
The restaurant scene in Bethpage is rife with change. Now, Watawa Sushi & Lounge has opened in the former digs of Sumou, which lasted less than a year before closing. Prior to that, the space was occupied by Ozumo, another Japanese restaurant.
The sleek-looking Watawa offers an all-you-can-eat option for $21.95 Monday to Thursday and $23.95 Friday to Sunday. Order from a special menu of...Read more »
The Asian-fusion trendlet continues with the opening of Otaki Sushi in Garden City Park, just east of New Hyde Park.
Otaki Sushi offers the familiar array of sushi and sashimi, teriyakis and tempuras, traditional and more exotic sushi rolls. But the kitchen also prepares colorful fusion fare such as an eggplant "cha cha" roll, garlic-butter oysters, Cajun pepper tuna salad, and tuna-mango...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 »
Kumo Sushi Hibachi & Lounge, an offshoot of Kumo Sushi in Plainview, enters the busy Bay Shore Japanese restaurant scene, with both Aji 53 and Mitsui Japanese Restaurant just steps away. What differentiates this place from the Plainview original is the presence of six hibachi tables. And there’s also separate seating for 100, said manager Louis Lin.
Hibachi entrees, which come with clear...Read more »
Ming Sushi & Asian has taken over the space that used to house Ten Ten Asian Sushi Bistro in Mount Sinai.
The menu stars sushi with a side of Japanese standards and Asian fusion dishes. In the mix: salmon carpaccio ($10), salmon avocado roll ($5), rock shrimp tempura ($8), chirashi ($16), chicken teriyaki ($14) and lemongrass grilled shrimp ($15)
Ming Sushi & Asian is at 331...Read more »
Azuma Sushi & Asian Fusion Cuisine brings to Freeport a repertoire very much (but not entirely) like the one at the original Azuma in Greenlawn, a Japanese-Asian fusion restaurant that’s been around for a decade.
From the sushi bar comes seviche ($12), a Cajun tuna roll ($5.50), a lobster tempura roll ($11) and chirashi ($17). You can also get deep-fried oysters ($8), chow fun or pad Thai...Read more »
A restaurant with the unlikely name of Casa Asia recently took over the downtown Massapequa space that, for years, housed China Royal. Now, the place has a spare, contemporary look — and a sushi bar. Of course.
Yet despite the restaurant’s nomenclature, which employs the Spanish and Italian word for “house,” nothing on the menu evokes Europe or Latin America — unless, of course, you count...Read more »
Flying vegetables and clanging knives are part of the draw at K60 Japanese Steak House, which makes its home in the Lake Grove strip mall space that once housed Curry Club.
Here, you can opt to sit at one of eight communal tables in a hibachi room as you watch chefs demonstrate their showmanship with filet mignon ($22.95), scallops ($19.95) and chicken ($16.95), to name a few choices.
Or,...Read more »