Feed Me

The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene

Latest posts from

Erica Marcus

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.

Closed in Huntington: Chicken Coop

Grilltisserie chicken, plus sides, from the new Chicken

(Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick)

Chicken Coop, a little Huntington takeout known for its Portuguese spin on chicken, has closed. It was under the same ownership as the Portuguese restaurant Fado, located a few blocks away.

Massive construction on an adjacent building had made the place virtually unreachable. Posted on the eatery’s Facebook page were these comments:

“Due to the enormous construction project, no parking...

Read more »

Fairway Market opens in Lake Grove near Smith Haven Mall

Fairway Market opens a new store in Lake

(Credit: Fairway Market)

Fairway Market opened its first location in Suffolk County Wednesday, in the DSW shopping center directly across from the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.

At 50,000 square feet, the new Fairway is smaller than the Plainview store (55,000) that opened in 2001 and the Westbury store (68,000) that opened in 2012. It is Fairway’s 15th store in the New York metro area.

The new Fairway is less...

Read more »

New chef at Pentimento in Stony Brook

Massimo Fedozzi at Vero in Amityville. (Jan. 6,

(Credit: Yana Paskova)

Massimo Fedozzi, who earned accolades as chef at the now-gone Vero in Amityville and Palio in Jericho, is the new executive chef at Pentimento in Stony Brook.

Owner and long-time chef Dennis Young said that Fedozzi is in charge of the kitchen and will develop new menus for the popular restaurant, which earned a three-star rating in Newsday.

Young said he expected that the new menus will...

Read more »

The Arden in Port Jefferson opening Thursday

The Arden is a new, stylish spot to

(Credit: The Arden)

The Arden, a destination for dining, dancing, live music and entertainment, is slated to open Thursday in Port Jefferson.

The restaurant is offering a tapas-style menu, with dishes such as duck tacos, root-beer braised short ribs, flatbreads, sushi rolls and larger plates such as a 40-oz. Tomahawk rib-eye steak, fish and chips and herb-rubbed tuna.

From the bar menu: tuna nachos, pork...

Read more »

Lunch at Boomy's New York Deli in Plainview

Half a corned beef sandwich on the left;

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

The high point of a recent lunch at Boomy’s New York Deli in Plainview was its pastrami sandwich ($9.99), starring properly peppery and fat-frilled meat.

But the deli, no longer kosher, came up short in several other respects: Flavorless matzo ball soup. A wincingly salty tongue sandwich ($11.49) that tasted mainly of cloves. (Cloves?) And fries ($4.29) previously frozen and characterless.

On...

Read more »

Knife sharpener makes house calls

Richard De Vito of Sunrise Sharpening of West

(Credit: Sunrise Sharpening )

Richard De Vito is taking his knife-sharpening act on the road. The owner of the West Babylon shop Sunrise Sharpening has duplicated his equipment and loaded it into a customized van. Most weekdays, he roams Long Island in search of dull blades.

De Vito, who opened Sunrise Sharpening in February 2014, charges $1 per inch of blade length. There’s an additional $1 charge for a serrated knife....

Read more »

Lobster sandwiches rule at Mara's in Syosset and Wantagh

The lobster BLT served at Mara's Homemade in

(Credit: Mara's Too)

Summer is lobster sandwich time at Mara's Homemade in Syosset and Mara’s Too in Wantagh. The sibling restaurants are now serving lobster rolls, lobster BLTs and lobster Reubens.

What’s in a lobster Reuben? As restaurateur Mara Levi tells it, it’s made of lobster salad, a little bit of sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and rémoulade sauce on grilled rye.

The sandwiches go for $20 each and come...

Read more »

Summer specials at Chop Shop in Smithtown

The lobster seafood bake at Chop Shop Bar

(Credit: Chop Shop Bar and Grill)

At Chop Shop Bar & Grill in Smithtown, Wednesday is summer seafood night, when a separate menu of raw bar and seafood items takes center stage. Among choices: chilled seafood salad ($12.95), South Shore steamers ($14.95), a soft shell crab po’boy ($16.95), a lobster seafood bake ($32.95) and a classic lobster roll ($21.95).

The restaurant is also featuring a “date night” special every...

Read more »

Open in Massapequa: Pudgie's Naked Chicken Co.

Cobb salad from Pudgie's Naked Chicken Co. in

(Credit: Pudgie's Naked Chicken Co.)

The flagship restaurant for the new Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. just launched in Massapequa. The franchise eatery is owned by Trufoods LLC, whose president, Gary Occhiogrosso, said he is reinventing the Pudgie’s Famous brand, which still has five takeout spots on Long Island.

While the new Pudgie’s Naked Chicken Co. features skinless fried chicken, its menu has been modernized to spotlight...

Read more »

Old-school Chinese at Albert’s Mandarin Gourmet, Huntington

Spare ribs are one of the old-school appetizers

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

My poor dad. He’s constantly being dragged to far-flung eateries, forced to consume obscure regional specialties or unfamiliar animal parts — often in the same dish. So last week, I took pity on him and suggested we meet at Albert’s Mandarin Gourmet in Huntington Village, where we could eat Chinese like it was 1979.

Albert’s Mandarin Gourmet opened in 2002, the successor to Mandarin Gourmet...

Read more »

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Follow us on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on newsday