The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Erica Marcus has covered food for Newsday since 1998. She has written features about the origins of Grandma pizza, the controversy over matzoh brei, the mystery of the soft-shell lobster and many many articles that attempt to justify the hundreds of dollars she spends every year on knives and knife-sharpening. Since 2005 she has written a weekly column, Burning Questions, in which she answers readers' questions. In 2002 her article “A Knish is Still a Knish” was nominated for a James Beard award, and in 2003 she won the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page award for her “Food Without The Fuss: a history of TV Dinners.” After graduation from Swarthmore College, Erica took a job at Crown Publishers, first in production and later in editorial. She rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked on a wide range of books, including many award-winning cookbooks. She left book publishing for newspaper journalism the same year she left Manhattan for her ancestral home of Brooklyn, where she still lives. She eats most of her meals on Long Island.
In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar in Garden City, dedicated to “the simple pleasures of sipping wine and sharing small plates.” With its high ceilings and wood beams, Plancha resembles Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa (with whom it shares owners) but Garden City boasts a flat-top Spanish grill — the eponymous plancha — that is responsible for such Iberian...Read more »
Nothing like a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a bitter cold day. Here are some places on Long Island that do a fine job:
Herrell’s, 46L Gerard St., Huntington, 631-673-1100
It’s something I wish all ice cream stores would do in winter: make really good hot chocolate. Well, at least Herrell’s has stepped up to the plate. The Huntington shop offers seven hot flavors: original, malted,...Read more »
Las Vinas, the Manhasset Peruvian restaurant that opened in fall 2010, has been dark for a few weeks now. The phone has been disconnected.
And no answer at Harvest Buffet in Great Neck, which has seen no activity for nearly a month. The Asian all-you-can-eat, situated on Northern Boulevard just East of the Queens border, opened in 1999. ...Read more »
Gentlemen, if you are having trouble getting motivated to do your holiday shopping, Tres Palms may be able to help.
The Babylon restaurant has convceived a stag event that is relatively short on actual shopping, looooong on eating, drinking and football.
Here’s the schedule:
11 a.m. to noon: Fortify yourself with brunch (entrees range from $9 to $16) and a complimentary Bloody...Read more »
Kyma, one of the best new restaurants of 2013, hosts a New Year's Eve party, with an a la carte menu from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m and a fixed-price $95 one starting at 9 p.m.
The Roslyn restaurant will offer a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, plus noisemakers and hats. Appetizers will be served family-style. Guests can pick one item for each course.
Selections include Greek salad,...Read more »
Patchogue's downtown area, once a culinary wasteland, has come into its own as a true dining destination. Stroll about and you’ll find a restaurant to satisfy your particular craving. Here are just five options. PERABELL FOOD BAR, 69 E. Main St., 631-447-7766 A booming bar scene is just one attration at this energetic gastropub. Here, you can make a meal of appetizers -- expertly fried calamari,...Read more »
The Square, Keith Luce’s ambitious, multi-venue culinary venture at Stirling Square in Greenport, has closed. Main, the restaurant that anchored the complex, was open last weekend for Shellabration, Greenport’s two-day mollusk festival. On Monday, however, the restaurant’s executive chef, Greg Ling, received an email from Luce saying that Main was closed indefinitely. (The other venues had already...Read more »
Om Bistro, chef Richard Desmond's ambitious "comfort contemporary" restaurant, has closed.
The restaurant at 4 Welwyn Rd. in Great Neck had been open less than a year.
Desmond, an accomplished tenor, has been referred to as the "singing chef," whose voice could be heard in dining rooms over the years. He has been chef at Bliss in East Setauket and Public House 49...Read more »
Pizza Fabbrica, a huge new pizzeria, has opened next to the huge Planet Fitness in the shopping center on South Broadway just south of where it merges with South Oyster Bay Road.
It’s a terrific-looking place, all reclaimed wood and industrial chic (befitting the name, which means “pizza factory”). One side is devoted to a lively lounge, but the main attraction is three wood-burning ovens...Read more »
La Bottega Farmingdale is featuring a $16.95 three-course prix-fixe dinner, available in the restaurant’s dining room daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
For starters, choose a salad (mixed green or tricolore) or a soup (chicken vegetable or lentil). Then pick one of four pastas: fusilli with mixed vegetables and fresh mozzarella; orecchiette with broccoli rabe, garlic and oil; penne alla Siciliana with...Read more »