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The catch of the day is Anchor Down in Merrick.
It's in the Open Bay Marina, where you'll find two small dining rooms and alfresco tables, too. Anchor Down is at the former site of Sunset Bar & Grill and JD's on the Bay.
Here, chef Stephen Rosenbluth offers traditional and New American seafood, with a few forays elsewhere. There are oysters, including Malpeques and Blue Points, both...Read more »
This is the second round of first bites at The Savoy Tavern in Merrick.
But under executive chef Kevin Liebov, who starred at the now-gone Nicholas James Bistro in Merrick, it's a new restaurant.
Savoy looked good from day one, with its handsome bar, polished wood, and images from The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. But the food was erratic.
Now, try Liebov's pan-seared soft-shell crabs,...Read more »
Nicholas James Bistro, the popular, upbeat New American restaurant in Merrick, has closed.
The closing stems from a dispute over lease renewal.
Chef Kevin Liebov of Nicholas James currently is cooking at The Savoy Tavern, also in Merrick, according to Charles Liebov, his father and a partner in the shuttered bistro.
Kevin Liebov said the kitchen staff from Nicholas James...Read more »
Add the Merrick Ave. Diner to the list of restaurant closings in 2013. In its previous incarnation, the Merrick eatery was known as the MaryBill Diner. It came under new ownership and had a name change in 2010. What distinguished the place was not its food but rather its status as a classic vintage railroad car diner — sliding front door, curved ceiling and old-time ambience. The diner had...Read more »
There will be some extra sparkle at The Vine Wine Bar on Nov. 27. The day before Thanksgiving, the Merrick bar hosts Sparkling Pointe of Southold, a winery devoted to making Champagne-style bubbly. The session is from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be free tastings of Sparkling Pointe wines, a question-and-answer session, and a limited number of vouchers for free tours of the vineyard. The Vine Wine Bar...Read more »
AcQua, a family-style Italian restaurant, makes its home in the former clubhouse of the Blue Water Yacht Club in Merrick. The place originally opened in June 2012 but, after taking a big hit from superstorm Sandy, was under renovation until a couple of months ago. Now, diners can eat inside the two-story building or dine in an outdoor tent facing the water. The place is owned by the Giambanco...Read more »
Muscle Maker Grill, a New Jersey-based national healthy eating chain, is muscling its way onto Long Island. Two new branches have opened in Amityville and Long Beach, with one in Merrick to follow shortly and, within the next few weeks, places in East Meadow and Huntington Station, too. What these counter-serve spots are all about is lean protein-based eating. On the menu are Texas chicken nuggets...Read more »
Since 1993, Santorini has been serving Greek food to Merrick and environs. A few months ago, the restaurant expanded into the neighboring storefront and did a complete renovation. The new dining room is now a sleek update of the classic blue-and-white Greek restaurant interior, and very attractive at that. At a recent dinner, service was caring and efficient, servings were generous, prices were...Read more »
New to the little community of North Merrick is Thai Chef, a diminutive storefront spot that serves both as a takeout and — although there are only four tables — full-fledged restaurant. The menu features such choices as papaya salad ($5.95), green curry fried rice with chicken, beef, pork, tofu, vegetables, shrimp or squid ($7.95 to $8.95), spicy basil chicken ($8.95) and tamarind duck ($14.95)....Read more »
Vine Wine Bar is celebrating its three-year anniversary with a series of wine classes. The first one, on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m., is entitled Wine 101 and will teach participants the basics of wine tasting: what is sweet, what is dry, what is fruity; how to distinguish oak-fermented wines from steel fermented; what are tannins, etc. The evening will start with a glass of Prosecco, after which...Read more »