Cornelius Gallagher, corporate executive chef of the Bohlsen Restaurant Group from 2009 until this past March, has come back to Long Island to revitalize the group's flagship restaurant, Tellers American Chophouse in Islip.
Gallagher, who lives in Garden City Park, started his career at La Plage in Wading River before earning national accolades at Bouley, Lespinasse and Oceana in Manhattan. In April, he left the Bohlsens to open Dragonfly, an Asian-fusion restaurant on the Upper East Side; he was both executive chef and a partner. He is no longer associated with Dragonfly.
Gallagher's appointment to the top job at Tellers signals the Bohlsens' intention to revamp the kitchen of their oldest fine-dining restaurant. Said Michael Bohlsen, "Cornelius' passion and talent will no doubt bring Tellers to heights Long Island diners have yet to see on our Island." The fall menu is to fully reflect the chef's new ideas, according to the Bohlsens.
Tellers is at 605 Main St., Islip, 631-277-7070. -- ERICA MARCUS
LOWER PRICES AT THE WATER'S EDGE
The Water's Edge Restaurant takes over the Glen Cove marina site that once hosted Steamboat Landing and, later, The Wharf at Steamboat Landing.
The new restaurant's owner, Joe Weiser, built the original Steamboat Landing in 1997. He owned the place for several years but sold it in 2001. In 2008, after the restaurant had been repossessed by a bank, Weiser returned to oversee repairs and run things. Now, he's bought the place back and has renovated it, doing away with the tiki bar. His aim, he said, is to attract more of a family crowd. He said prices are about 20 percent lower than in the site's previous incarnation.
Chef Tim Reddy was formerly executive chef at the Hideaway in Glen Cove, which closed a year ago. At the Water's Edge, he offers an American menu with such items as crab cakes ($14), a burger ($10.95) and grilled tuna with cucumber salad ($24.95).
Water's Edge Restaurant is at 74 Shore Rd., Glen Cove, 516-676-3300. -- JOAN REMINICK
FIXED-PRICE MENU FOR THE SUMMER
Mitch and Toni's, the New American restaurant in Albertson, welcomes the hot weather with a fixed-price menu for summer weekends. Cost: $32.95 before tax and tip. The three-course dinner is available Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 6:30.
Typical choices from the market-driven menu include a BLT salad with bourbon-glazed, house-smoked bacon; pan-seared tilefish with zucchini caponata; fettuccine with summer vegetables, ricotta salata and pesto; roasted duck breast with summer succotash and roasted-corn flan; cinnamon-bun cheesecake; and peach cobbler with almond-crunch topping and vanilla ice cream.
Mitch and Toni's, 875 Willis Ave., Albertson; 516-741-7940. -- PETER M. GIANOTTI