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Toast & Tapas brought to Syosset an unconventional mix: pancakes and omelets in the morning, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and for dinner, a roster of small plates. The place is now closed.
It was situated in a building that had been born a Friendly’s but had since housed a diverse assortment of occupants, among them 516 Americana, 516, Moules et Frites, Ohana Luau, Umi, Asia Palace,...Read more »
A major tasting of Long Island wines will be held at Post Wines & Spirits in Syosset on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The free tasting will feature wines from Paumanok Vineyards and Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue; Bedell Cellars and Castello di Borghese in Cutchogue; The Lenz Winery in Peconic; Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack; Macari Vineyards and Lieb Cellars in Mattituck, and One Woman Wine &...Read more »
The Black Wolf American Sports Bar & Grill has stopped howling.
The Syosset watering hole, known for its pub-style fare and brews on tap, opened in 2011 in the former digs of Mitch O’Neills, just south of the LIRR station.
A posting on the eatery’s Facebook page says that business has been sold. And a Craigslist ad seeking restaurant help at the “old black wolf location” indicates...Read more »
Fans of the long-standing Christiano’s Italian Restaurant in Syosset can breathe a sigh of relief — at least for awhile. The pizza-pasta-Parm place, often cited as the inspiration for Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” had been slated for closing after being bought by the Singh Hospitality Group earlier this year. Plans had been announced for a major reinvention by chef-restaurateur...Read more »
I nearly made a screeching U-turn in the middle of Jericho Turnpike in Syosset this afternoon after seeing the sign in front of the Asian restaurant once called Empire Szechuan Gourmet. Last year, the restaurant had morphed into Tao, which, more recently, had change its name to Dao. Challenges from another dining spot with the same name was one reason given for that change.
Now comes the latest...Read more »
Chico’s Tex Mex Grill makes its Syosset debut in the former home of a self-serve yogurt eatery. According to co-owner Marcello Caccialino, the counter service spot offers seating at three tables. Takeout is big here.
On the menu are Santa Fe wings ($4.95 to $8), a fajita salad ($6.95; add $2 for chicken, $2.50 for steak, $3 for shrimp); arroz con pollo, or chicken with rice ($7.50); ...Read more »
It’s a very special burger that graces the menu of Mara’s Homemade in Syosset. The Cajun restaurant grinds its own brisket, seasons it before and after grilling, and serves it on a homemade pretzel roll.
Last night I sidled up to Mara’s bar and gave it a try: It looked good and tasted better.
Owner Mara Levi said she tried a number of bakery-produced pretzel rolls before deciding to...Read more »
Dao is the new name for the Jericho Turnpike restaurant previously dubbed Tao.
There are a couple stories about the change. One is that they had to switch the name because Tao is taken by another restaurant. Another: New management.
Either way, the food is pretty much the same, with a menu of Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes. The kitchen prepares good lo mein with shrimp and pork; cold...Read more »
The Inn at Fox Hollow and Rare650 restaurant are a couple for Valentine's Day, for an overnight stay, a dinner credit and breakfast for two.
Their "romance packages" start at $239 per night, with overnight stay and breakfast. The Rare650 package starts at $379 and includes a night in a suite at Fox Hollow, a $150 dinner credit to be used for two at Rare650 and transportation...Read more »
Zane Smith has taken over as executive chef at the new Toast & Tapas Neighborhood Bistro in Syosset. Smith, who worked and studied with both Wolfgang Puck and Gary Danko in California, also cooked at Wild Honey in Oyster Bay and Wild Harvest in Glen Cove.
Smith's revised dinner menu features, among small plates, filet mignon brochettes with lemon orzo ($14), Bayou crabcakes ($13) and golden...Read more »