The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a time-honored tradition for Italian-Americans on Christmas Eve, is the inspiration for a six-course prix fixe dinner offered Dec. 10 to Dec. 24 at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in The Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City.
The menu, at $45 per person — or $65 with wine pairings — includes branzino crudo, house-cured salmon bruschetta, Manila clams,...Read more »
Luddites take note:You will need to pick out your dinner by touching a picture with your pointer finger at Porto Vivo in Huntington, where all ordering is done on individual iPads presented to diners in lieu of paper menus.
“It lets the customers see beautiful pictures of the food, especially the desserts,’’ said general manager Ben Laiacona. And it allows wine selections to be updated often,...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick visits Riella’s Homestyle in Levittown, where the house-made crescent rolls say it all: “They're fragrant and chewy, served warm from the pizza oven, paired with a bright marinara dipping sauce. Early on, the message comes across: Chef Jimmy Giaccone's kitchen cares.”
Peter M. Gianotti goes to The Arden, a club-like dining spot in Port Jefferson. “You've...Read more »
It’s a familiar scenario on Long Island: One Japanese restaurant closes, another rises in its place. This time, it’s happened in Oakdale, where Ichiban Sushi has opened in the former digs of Tai Show on Montauk Highway. (Other Tai Show restaurants — in Massapequa, Levittown and East Setauket — remain open.)
“We’ve changed the decor; it’s a lot warmer now,” said general manager Paul Su,...Read more »
A mechanical bull and tequila bar may draw a party crowd to Long Beach’s new Cancun Mexican Restaurant, but the place clearly offers more than Margaritas and mojitos.
The restaurant represents the culinary collaboration of co-owning chef Alfredo Leyva and Pedro Luna, both of whom own Mexican eateries in Queens. Their menu, which offers both authentic Mexican dishes and crowd-pleasers, includes...Read more »
IMC stands for Imperial Meat Company. The newcomer is downtown Huntington's boisterous, clubby, glitzy nightspot and protein provider.
You'll spot some signage to underscore IMC's image. "Rock 'n roll all night ... and party ... every day.' There are floor windows with lighting so you may be sure IMC offers enough Cavit. That contrasts a bit with a Warholian graphic colorfully boosting Dom...Read more »
Joining the festive mix of high-end department store outlets and compelling places to eat at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza comes Tocolo Cantina, a splashy-but-serious new Mexican restaurant. It launches at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Well-credentialed chef co-owner Alex Samayoa has cooked in such Manhattan spots as El Vez, La Esquina, Txikito, WD-50 and Empellon. His menu of Mexican dishes reflect...Read more »
The outside is unprepossessing, but inside the narrow storefront on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck is a sleek new addition to the restaurant scene, Krung Tep Thai Bistro. "Krung Tep" is actually the Thai name for the city of Bangkok.
With its white tufted leather banquettes and interlaced wood wall designs, Krung Tep, the only all-Thai restaurant in town, is owned by husband-wife team...Read more »
J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse may relocate to downtown Huntington.
The original J. Michaels in Northport remains closed due, in part, to unresolved financial issues.
Co-owner Vincent P. Michaels said "the goal" is to relocate the steakhouse to the former site of Huntington Social on New York Avenue in downtown Huntington, perhaps as early as next month.
A small-plates, Italian...Read more »
Have you ever heard of a misugaru latte? The Korean drink (made with seeds, beans and grains) is just one option at Great Neck’s new Caffébene, the first branch of a South Korea-based international coffeehouse chain to open on Long Island.
Of course, you can also get a regular latte here, as well as a cappuccino, Americano or cafe mocha. You’ll also find tea, bubble tea and all manner of smoothies,...Read more »