The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Mother's Day is one of the busiest at restaurants. Here are 10 possibilities, just in case you haven't decided yet.
JONATHAN'S RISTORANTE, 15 Wall St., Huntington; 631-549-0055
Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at $30 per person; $16 for children younger than 10. Choices range from waffles with blueberries to shrimp scampi-style, frittata primavera with goat cheese to pumpkin...Read more »
Long Island's newest brewery has opened in East Farmingdale.
Barrage Brewing Co. currently has four brews available. There will be a launch party Friday at Morrison's restaurant in Plainview from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and another at Bellport Cold Soda & Beer on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Barrage is the work of Stephen Pominski Jr., who's a trackside tower operator for the Long Island...Read more »
Now blooming in Farmingdale: The Wild Rose Bar & Grill, newly opened in the freestanding building that last housed the short-lived Hudson House. Unlike its predecessor, which had its access blocked by months of roadwork, this place just north of Republic Airport on New Highway is easily reachable.
It's also outfitted with a full bar and shares ownership with the Rosewood Inn in Melville....Read more »
Trento, the handsome restaurant that rises in the old Crazy Donkey space on Route 110, reminds me of a dull, mass-market poster in a polished, carefully made frame.
The new spot opposite Republic Airport catches your eye but not your appetite. Considering all the work, effort and money that went into building Trento, there's litle evidence that very much went into the food.
To be upbeat...Read more »
The ever-evolving Farmingdale restaurant scene now has its own La Bottega. The Italian sandwich/salad/pasta/ pizza franchise group, launched in Garden City South by Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta, now numbers 13, according to Giuseppe Ruta. There are also two in Queens, two in New Jersey, one in Brooklyn and, believe it or not, in Modica, Sicily.
On the Farmingdale menu: roasted salmon salad ($12),...Read more »
Bollinger’s Family Restaurant in downtown Farmingdale, which closed for two months last year and then reopened, is once again shut.
In 2011, the luncheonette was included in Newsday’s list of Long Island’s best BLTs. House-made ice cream had been a specialty at the site since its earlier — and longer — incarnation as Von Leesen’s.
What will go into the space remains to be seen. ...Read more »
The Farmingdale offshoot of the Plainview sports bar/restaurant The Main Event is now up and serving in the cavernous former digs of Kodiak’s. Not surprisingly, the new place doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor: lots of wood, some brick and metal and TV screens everywhere you look.
Fish is a forte here, since the owners, the Constantatos family, are also in the wholesale...Read more »
After months of construction, Trento has opened across Route 110 from Republic Airport. The Italian restaurant has completely transformed what used to be the site of the Crazy Donkey club. It’s a terrific-looking establishment, with a stylish interior done in shades of amber and stone. The bi-level main dining room has comfortable booths and roomy tables. There are additional rooms for busy nights...Read more »
Hooters, the Atlanta-based "breastaurant-sports bar,'' is reopening Thursday in the Farmingdale location it occupied from 2010 to October 2012. The building has been remodeled inside and out for a “cleaner and brighter feel,” according to press materials.
The menu at Hooters is sports-bar standard. When Newsday's Joan Reminick reviewed the original Farmingdale location in 2010, she praised...Read more »
Opening soon in the vacated former digs of Kodiak’s on Rte. 110 in Farmingdale will be a new branch of The Main Event in Plainview, defined by co-owner Alex Constantatos as “a family restaurant with a sports theme.”
In addition to plenty of TV screens, the place will feature a menu similar to the one in Plainview. Constantatos said that since his family is in the wholesale seafood business,...Read more »