ASIAN-ITALIAN TAPAS? YUP
Bernard's Market in Glen Head has hosted a cafe, a sushi bar and doubtless a lot more. Now, it has a restaurant.
DoraNonnie Tapas & Wine Bar @ Bernard's is the full title, but the eatery with ex-"Top Chef" contestant Danny Gagnon has as much to do with traditional tapas as reality TV does with reality. This is a small-and-larger plates spot that materializes in part of the old store like "Brigadoon."
The cuisine: Italian-Asian Fusion. Price range: tapas, $8 to $12; pastas and main dishes, $11 to $18.
Early on, the service is uneven. And the size of the tables ensures you can't order too much. But Gagnon's wide-ranging menu is fun, whether you're nibbling on well-seasoned Sicilian Asian braised short rib sliders capped with caponata or pork and beef meatball lollipops rising from a bowl of red sauce. "Creamy" clam cakes are accented with Thai basil lemon jam. The mascarpone teriyaki risotto is completed with shaved provolone.
Mostly, it works, so stop in. DoraNonnie Tapas & Wine Bar @ Bernard's, 716 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head; 516-759-9100. -- Peter M. Gianotti
Flip Pizza fired up its oven and opened its doors recently in the space that used to be Maxxels in Mineola. The focus of the restaurant is its orange-tiled, wood-burning oven, imported from Italy. Customers place their orders at the counter, fill their own drinks and then find a table. The pizza (plus pasta and salad) is delivered a few minutes later -- the pies bake in less than two minutes.
The speed-with-quality concept comes naturally to co-owners and brothers Cliff and Jonathan Magri, who own five Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Nassau County, and their partner, Frank Blasi. We had an entirely satisfying Margherita pie, a real value at $7.50. The crust, delicious on its own, had the right balance of tender and toothsome, the toppings were fresh and sparely deployed. We also enjoyed Blasi's own creation, the Diavolo ($11) with hot sopresatta, pepper flakes and spicy honey. Flip has 14 (12-inch) pies on its menu, with 18 additional a la carte toppings. The menu features five salads, three pastas (with four sauces) and two soups.
Flip Pizza is at 526 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-280-9603. -- Erica Marcus
PHILIPPE CUTS PRICES
Economic reality has caught up with Philippe in Jericho. The Long Island branch of Philippe Chow's upmarket Chinese restaurant group has not only extended its $24.95 restaurant week meal through the end of the year, it also has cut a la carte prices. Still, this isn't your neighborhood lo mein house. Dishes are offered in individual portions or family style, serving two to three people. So kung pao chicken, which used to cost $42 family style, is now $36; drunken sea bass, once $54 family style, is now $48. Individual portions are half price of the larger servings.
Philippe is at 399 Jericho Tpke., Jericho, 516-605-2555. -- Joan Reminick