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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.
Big, bold yet full of nuance, the flavors of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh come through loud and clear at the new Fiza Family Diner in New Hyde Park. The bonus here is an incredibly small tab.
Although the casual eatery has a takeout counter, a server will take your order after you've been seated at a table or booth in the brown and orange dining room. A recent dinner began with chicken mulligatawny...Read more »
Behold the vampire doughnut. You can get your teeth into one at Reinwald’s Bakery in Huntington.
The scary looking creation came into being because of baker Richard Reinwald's observation: Doughnuts are the new cupcakes. Lately, Reinwald said, he's seen a large increase in doughnut sales, and, concurrently, a small decline in the popularity of cupcakes.
Hence Halloween vampire doughnuts...Read more »
“Waiter, my vegetables are burnt.”
If you’re the one taking issue, clearly you aren’t up on one of the latest trends in gastronomy: vegetables charred to a delectable crisp. Call it a mistake gone right.
To find out what it’s all about, check out these places with burnt offerings from the garden:
At Ciro’s Italian Restaurant, with branches in Kings Park and Hauppauge, burnt broccoli...Read more »
The miseries and memories of superstorm Sandy stay with many of us and our neighbors.
The shoreline will never be the same. There always will be concern about having a house by the water. Some communities are changed permanently from what they were before Oct. 29, 2012.
But there is resilience, too.
Dine at a restaurant that has made a comeback from that long night and the days,...Read more »
Rising from the ashes are celebrations for the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, Nov. 1 running into Nov. 2.
The holiday is actually a celebration of life, said chef-restaurateur Alejandro Gonzales. Gonzales, accordingly, will honor the holiday at two of his Mexican restaurants — on Friday, Nov. 1, at Chichimecas in Farmingdale and on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Quetzalcoatl in Huntington.
In...Read more »
There’s always a moment of indecision when making plans to meet vegan friends for dinner. They usually say not to worry, that they’ll find something to eat on any menu. But, being the accommodating type — and the one always charged with picking a restaurant — I still run through mental lists of places with good entrees for these dairy-free, meat-free, hard-to-eat-out-with eaters.
Last...Read more »
George Martin’s Grillfire in Rockville Centre is about to undergo a makeover. The place will close on Sunday, Oct. 27, and is slated to reopen the following Saturday, Nov. 1.
George Korten, president of the George Martin Restaurant Group, said that the redesigned place will be more streamlined and sophisticated and will feature such natural elements as weathered wood and stone. The menu, too,...Read more »
This week, Peter M. Gianotti reviews JW's Public House in Glen Head, which, he says, “brightens up dining along Glen Head Road, indoors and out.” The newcomer specializes in “traditional seafood and homey cooking with a few twists” and gets a two-star rating.
In nearby Glen Cove is Hazuki Japanese Fusion, which Joan Reminick calls “that suburban essential: the good, reliable neighborhood...Read more »
A longtime fixture for pastrami sandwiches and matzo ball soup is gone.
Delsen’s Kosher Delicatessen’s in downtown Bay Shore has closed. It was, for some time, the only kosher deli in southern Suffolk County and, in summertime, used to deliver to the Fire Island ferries.
This loss makes Zan’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterer in Lake Grove and Pastrami N Friends in Commack...Read more »
R.S. Jones in Merrick has just turned 20. In honor of the milestone, co-owners Margaret Mueller and Carole Olkoski will celebrate Nov. 3 starting at 4 p.m.with an evening of live music and lots of reminiscing.
It was back in 1993 that Mueller, the manager and Olkoski, the chef, first launched the casual Western-Southern spot originally called Rattlesnake Jones. They had to change its...Read more »