The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Say hola to Corazon de Cuba, which takes up residence in the bilevel Long Beach space that last hosted Cuban Crocodile.
Co-owner Armando Lopez said that the restaurant's chef, Noe Dominguez, hails from Cuba and cooked at a few Cuban restaurants in Manhattan. “Everything is made fresh, in house,” he said.
On the menu: beef, chicken, shrimp or broccoli and cheese empanadas ($2.95 each),...Read more »
Westbury is a restaurant hub in a part of Nassau with several of them. You'll never be short a satisfying meal, casual to formal, cheap to pricier. Here are five choices.
Azerbaijan Grill, 1610 Old Country Rd., 516-228-0001
Turkish, Persian and Mediterranean cuisines come together at the friendly, filling establishment. Enjoy the hummus and baba ghanoush, stewed lamb shank...Read more »
La Cocina Del Papa y la Mama in Freeport is gone. The Dominican restaurant opened last year, taking over the little storefront that previously housed La Cocina de Marcia, also Dominican.
Both restaurants had been known for such dishes as baked red snapper, pernil (roasted pork) and barbecued chicken.
Keeping an eye out for the next debut in that space. ...Read more »
A recent find you may want to check out is Sabroso, a little Dominican place in East Meadow. Talk about value for the money.
One dinner begins with empanadas ($2 each; 3 for $5) so crisp, flaky and greaseless, it’s hard to believe they came out of a fry basket, not the oven. One is filled with a savory ground beef mixture, another, similarly, with ground chicken, a third with melted cheese....Read more »
Los Andes, a Deer Park Peruvian restaurant, has spawned a new Patchogue branch. The new eatery occupies the diner-like space that last hosted Stop 275.
The menu is identical at both locations. Having eaten at the Deer Park place, I can only look forward to once again having the seviche de pescado ($12.50) made with generous cuts of white fish “cooked” by its citrus marinade. Also eagerly anticipated:...Read more »
It isn't often that a restaurant returns from the Great Beyond, but Cafe Havana in Smithtown has been resurrected after being shuttered for about a year.
As manager Edward Rivera tells it, the place incurred a massive water leak. Damage was extensive, as were interior renovations.
Chef Ramon Perez returns with a menu that’s pretty much the same as before, with a few additions....Read more »
If you're planning ahead for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, then you might want to take advantage of the deals at Island Empanada in Ronkonkoma, whose 2nd anniversary just happens to coincide with the holiday. Owner Roy Pelaez has come up with some celebratory takeout specials for parties. They're available Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. It helps to order in advance.
Here's what you...Read more »
New to Lynbrook is Cuzco Peru, the offshoot of an established Rego Park restaurant. The Peruvian eatery occupies the storefront space that briefly housed Las Esquinas and Five Corners Diner.
On the menu are such choices as a quarter marinated chicken served with salad and either rice and beans, green or sweet plantains or fried cassava ($8.50); a mixed seafood seviche ($15.75); lomo saltado,...Read more »
Cuban Crocodile in Long Beach, which reopened at its East Park Avenue address about a month after being damaged by superstorm Sandy, has now shut down permanently.
Chef-owner Marivi Wolfe attributes the closing to post-Sandy landlord issues. She added that she is scouting a new location.
Cuban Crocodile earned a two-star rating last May for such dishes as flaky beef empanadas, succulent...Read more »
A Freeport favorite for Dominican fare, La Cocina de Marcia, has closed. The restaurant earned two stars for such well-wrought dishes as pernil (roasted pork), whole baked red snapper and sopa de mariscos (seafood soup).
Now occupying the same space is a new Dominican restaurant, called La Cocina del Papa y la Mama. Manager Jonathan Buenrostro said the restaurant offers the same dishes as...Read more »