The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
With many Long Islanders still without homes and kitchens trying to rebound from Superstorm Sandy, Christmas Day will probably see an increased demand for restaurants.
Traditionally, Japanese, Chinese, Asian Fusion, Thai and Indian restaurants have been the popular fallbacks. But sushi or pad thai might not do it for everybody. Here, then, is a more varied list of places accepting Christmas...Read more »
Tulip, a Turkish restaurant near the LIRR station, has closed. The place has been around since 2004 but sustained significant damage from superstorm Sandy.
Having undergone extensive renovation, it is expected to reopen shortly after the New Year under the same partial ownership but with an entirely new identity. Curious? Watch for updates. ...Read more »
If the world’s going to end this Friday, why not see it out with a bang rather than a whimper? Jonathan Contes and Tate Morris, the imaginative chef-owners of Mosaic in St. James, have been planning a lavish, pull-out-all-the-stops “last supper” for more than a year, and on Dec. 21 they present their Four Courses of the Apocalypse. (There are actually seven courses here, each paired with one or...Read more »
It had been close to two years since my last visit to Port Washington's Pepe Rosso 24, a casual pizzeria-ristorante. Back in January of 2011, the place received a three-star rating because its food set it apart from the masses of seemingly similar places on Long Island. How, I wondered, would it fare today?
Right now, I'd give it a strong two and a half stars. The ultra-thin crusted Margherita...Read more »
Gyro Time is over. The little Greek restaurant in East Northport was sold the day of Superstorm Sandy and has reopened, following a few renovations. It still serves Hellenic cuisine but is now called Aegean Grill.
Alex Stathatos, who was a partner at Souvlaki Palace in Commack, is this restaurant's chef-owner. His sister, Barbara Stathatos, for years, a popular waitress at Souvlaki Palace,...Read more »
Calagero’s serves a version of Italian cooking that’s so common on Long Island that it’s really its own cuisine. You know the drill: Clams oreganata share the appetizer bill with P.E.I mussels; the pasta roster includes old-country favorites and American standards like pasta alla vodka and penne primavera; entrees range from Francese-Marsala-Parmigiano land to blackened rare tuna with chipotle aioli....Read more »
For the first time ever, Newsday has ranked the Top 10 pizzas on Long Island. Our list may make you angry. Very angry. Long Islanders are slavishly devoted to their favorite pies. And, naturally, everyone wants to see theirs celebrated and given its due. Believe me, I agonized over every crust, every San Marzano tomato, every shred of basil I consumed.
In my long career of eating pizza, I...Read more »
I'm always a bit exasperated when I make plans to go out to dinner with the older Italians in our family. They will only eat Italian food at Italian restaurants. And not tapas-Italian, or fusion-Italian or any other newfangled Italian.
The dinner has to follow a specific protocol: First, an antipasto, like fried calamari; then a primo, perhaps an orecchiette with broccoli rabe, followed by...Read more »
What is special at Kushi Japanese Fusion restaurant in Nesconset, says Joan Reminick, is the sushi, the rolls and the mixed seafood yaki udon. Plus, the warm and welcoming service. She gives the restaurant two and a half stars.
Peter M. Gianotti says that veteran eatery Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington ranks among the top five or six places to dine in town. He cites Chef Tito Onofre's saute...Read more »
Expect a new menu in the new year at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn, where Alex Algieri, who earned three stars from Newsday last year at the North Fork Oyster Company in Greenport, now is executive chef.
Algieri succeeds Keith Luce, whose restaurant at the inn, Luce & Hawkins, is expected eventually to be renamed. Luce could not be reached for comment.
Algieri, 31, also cooked at the...Read more »