The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.
Love Lane Market, the ambitious North Fork specialty grocer, has closed. Owner Michael Avella said in a statement that he was “not able to recover from the losses sustained from superstorm Sandy.” A power outage, predictably, ruined the shop’s perishable items; but when the power was turned back on, much of the equipment malfunctioned, fatally. Over the next year Avella tried to recoup his losses,...Read more »
A most singular restaurant, Kazan Authentic Central Asian Cuisine in Port Washington, has closed. The place specialized in the lively, intriguing cuisine of the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan.
The year-old dining spot garnered a two-and-a-half star rating and was named by Newsday as one of the top 10 restaurants of 2012. Dishes recalled with fondness and yearning: the juicy butterflied...Read more »
The Smithtown offshoot of Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park has closed. The place opened in 2011 but hadn’t really been making money, according to owner Peter Hewitson. “There are about 35 Italian restaurants within a mile or two,” he said, noting also that traffic problems and road construction had added to the restaurant’s woes.
Meanwhile, the original Uncle Bacala’s in Garden City Park...Read more »
Prohibition was repealed 80 years ago today.
That calls for a drink.
Ironically, it was Utah, a state still known for its strict limits on alcohol, that ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution. No. 21 repealed No. 18. It ended 13 years defined less by a drop in drinking than a rise in crime.
So, raise a glass. Here are three classic cocktails that will make for a very celebratory...Read more »
A sense of well-being washed over me when I walked into Heart of Portugal. Something about the brick-and-stucco walls, the wrought-iron chandeliers, the well-spaced tables draped with heavy white linens — it was as if I had wandered, mid-performance, into a long-running play.
Heart of Portugal has occupied this stocky little castle of a building since 1999, when it replaced the venerable Little...Read more »
"No cheese on that."
That’ll be Jay Z’s special order at Lucali in Brooklyn if the hip-hop magnate visits his favorite pizzeria during the next 22 days. Jay Z and his megastar wife, Beyoncé, have both embarked on the short-term renunciation of all meat and animal products, including dairy and eggs. On Tuesday, Jay Z announced the decision on his blog, explaining (sort of) that “There’s...Read more »
In East Rockaway, Reel replaces The Fishery, a waterside restaurant that had been pretty much destroyed by superstorm Sandy. In April, the place reopened in limited fashion and was still called The Fishery, but recently changed both its name and sign. Under the aegis of executive chef Adam Goldgell, it is now fully functioning.
Goldgell, who was chef co-owner of the former Hog House BBQ in...Read more »
Say good morning to the Morning Rose Cafe, new for breakfast and lunch in Bellmore.
Owner Rose Tzanetos said she wanted her place to have a homey B&B ambience. White wainscoting, pale green walls and soft background music play into that. Although Tzanetos has chef certification from the Culinary Academy of Long Island in Syosset, the position of executive chef belongs to Roberto Baez,...Read more »
If you buy $100 in gift cards, you'll receive a $20 gift certificate free as part of a holiday-season promotion by the George Martin restaurant group.
You must redeem the certificate at the restaurant where it was purchased. And it can't be used to pay for tips or catered affairs.
The George Martin restaurants include "the original" George Martin and GM Burger Bar in Rockville...Read more »
While you may have trouble finding a convenient place to park in downtown Rockville Centre, you’ll find no shortage of worthy places to eat. Here are five restaurant options in this Nassau dining nexus.
KASHI SUSHI & STEAK HOUSE 222 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-442-7600, kashijapanese.com This Nassau offspring of the Huntington original offers hibachi cooking, pyrotechnics and all....Read more »