The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
BloggersPeter Gianotti Erica Marcus Joan Reminick Marjorie Robins
Syosset has bid addio to Bronx Pizza Company, situated on a stretch of industrial area along Robbins Lane, just off the Long Island Expressway.
The pizzeria-pub opened in 2012 and was owned by the Zilla family, which has culinary roots in the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. In addition to pizza, it also featured house-baked bread, hand-cut fries and, initially, house-smoked barbecue.
A one-and-a-half...Read more »
The restaurant scene in Bethpage is rife with change. Now, Watawa Sushi & Lounge has opened in the former digs of Sumou, which lasted less than a year before closing. Prior to that, the space was occupied by Ozumo, another Japanese restaurant.
The sleek-looking Watawa offers an all-you-can-eat option for $21.95 Monday to Thursday and $23.95 Friday to Sunday. Order from a special menu of...Read more »
When it opened in August 2013, Sweet to Lick became Long Island’s first vegan bakery — no eggs, no butter, no milk, no animal products of any kind. Now owner Michael Sabet has pioneered another trend. He says his is the first Long Island bakery to accept bitcoins, the international digital currency launched in 2009.
“I have a lot of customers who could be described as techies and a few of...Read more »
Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that will blow your Valentine away? Consider zChocolat. The French chocolatier, based in Aix-en-Provence, specializes in high-end chocolates packaged in luxurious, customizable boxes. In addition to its regular collection, for Valentine’s Day, zChocolat is selling heart-shaped bonbons. Mix and match dark ganache in white chocolate, milk-chocolate hazelnut praline...Read more »
When the Olympics were held in Turin or London, hosting a theme party was easy. Now that the games are in Sochi, Russia, how do you best go beyond the blini and borscht?
Maybe spaghetti alla Putin-esca.
Just add a shot of vodka to the quick, sauce-in-progress. Some of the flavor may infiltrate the tomatoes faster than a rogue agent. Be sure to repress any other efforts to change the...Read more »
In 2009, Starbucks introduced VIA instant coffee. The micro-ground coffee comes in little foil packets and, dissolved in a cup of boiling water, tastes remarkably like fresh brewed. I tried it when it came out, noted its quality and promptly forgot about it.
I freely admit that I’m a coffee snob. When I visit folks whose coffee service is either unknown or substandard, I bring...Read more »
In this week’s Newsday Joan Reminick reviews Huntington’s Ideal Cheese & Wine Cafe, “a multitasking champ” that “functions as an early-morning coffee shop, an artisanal cheese purveyor and a full-service cafe.” Among the winners on chef Matthew Kornfeld’s cheese-centric menu are zucchini “spaghetti” tossed with Parmigiano-Reggiano, pine nuts, basil and house-made ricotta, bodacious macaroni...Read more »
The snazzy new Chow Down Diner is dishing up mac 'n' cheese and malted milkshakes in the renovated space that once housed the Bethpage Townhouse Diner. With a Jetsons-style design, nostalgic yet contemporary, it’s quite the eye-catcher, inside and out.
Although the place started out under the umbrella of the Singh Hospitality Group, it is now owned by Gold Coast Hospitality, headed by Ruby...Read more »
Heather West, who won Season 2 of “Hell’s Kitchen,” is the new executive chef at Schafer’s in Port Jefferson, replacing Paul Govin. She was most recently executive chef at Jellyfish and the Thatched Cottage in Centerport; before that she ran the kitchens at Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park.
It’s a homecoming for West, who grew up in Port Jefferson and now lives just up the road from...Read more »
Roses and chocolate are familiar themes for Valentine's Day. Then, there are blood oranges.
They certainly have the right tint, and their mix of sweet and tart reflects romance in its own way. And Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton celebrates the citrus and the holiday with a four-course dinner themed to the fruit.
It will be available on Feb. 14, starting at 5 p.m. Cost: $65 per person.
Chef...Read more »