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HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

I'm confused, Hungryman8. The list of sins committed by Long Island restaurants is long, but it does *not* include Americanized "Mexican" restaurants failing to deploy vast quantities of whole-milk cheese and full-fat sour cream. Which specific places have you been to where they skimped on fake cheese?

about 4 hours ago
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)
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It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

I truly am curious to hear what you think! Fingers crossed (for all of us)!

about 21 hours ago
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)
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It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

Gastronomos, my failure to personally alert you should not be taken as a reflection on Nissos. I confess that I have yet to understand exactly what it is you are looking for in a Greek restaurant, but based on my visit on the very first day it was open, it looked serious about fresh whole fish and other simple, non-Americanized Greek standards. No gyro, no lettuce in the horiatiki, etc. It's no Onera--but then again there aren't too many Oneras in Greece...

about 21 hours ago
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

East End ...local whitefish?

Aha! Both menus list "white fish," not "whitefish," so it very well might be a generic term for whatever, well, white fish they have on that day. Why not get the server to ask the chef?

1 day ago
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

East End ...local whitefish?

Well there is a fish called "whitefish" but it's a fresh-water fish (and essential for gefilte fish). Which restaurants were serving it?

1 day ago
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

Tell me you are not talking about Aunt Chiladas. That is not authentic Mexican food in any way shape or form. (Not that you don't have the right to seek Tex Mex, and good luck to you on your quest.)

Jul 15, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pies in Orient, Long Island

They're sending them out from Brooklyn.

Jul 15, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

Sorry, they sell their own milk but I believe it is vat-pasteurized.

Jul 15, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

Goodale supposedly makes ice cream from its own milk but they don't have all that many cows and the cows they have must suffice for the raw milk, butter and cheese that Goodale sells. Virtually every ice cream shop on LI that makes its own uses a mix from Panza (or some supplier like Panza) with three exceptions that I know of: Joe & Liza in Sag Harbor have a custom blend from, I think, the Hudson Valley. Wolfies Custard in Northport has a custom blend and so does Herrell's in Huntington. These are three of the very best ice creams on Long Island.

Jul 15, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)
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HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

I've been to that place, Mesquite Tex Mex Grill. Had a few very good tacos. I'd say it was a blend of Tex Mex and Mexican. They also have a proper restaurant in Sound Beach: http://www.therestaurantsweb.com/mesq...

Jul 15, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fairway finally opening in Lake Grove

Oh whoops, you got there first! Sorry.

Jul 12, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fairway finally opening in Lake Grove

I was only talking about Suffolk. There's a very nice shop in Locust Valley called Curds & Whey with a good cheese selection.

Jul 12, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Fairway finally opening in Lake Grove

mcf, if you don't shop at Ideal, who will? Give'em a try. They make their own ricotta and sell Georgio's coffee to boot.

BTW the fellow who runs Uncle Giuseppe's cheese operation, Steve, is usually at the Smithtown store and he's very good. Also worth checking out in Suffolk, C'est Cheese in Port Jefferson and American Cheese in Sayville.

Jul 12, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Little Neck Shanghai and Taiwanese Cuisine Soup Dumpling restaurant

They were not spicy. But they were delicious. Hmm. I'm going to try to upload a photo. Stay tuned.

Jul 09, 2014
emarcus in Outer Boroughs

Little Neck Shanghai and Taiwanese Cuisine Soup Dumpling restaurant

This may be behind our paywall, but here goes:
http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

Jul 09, 2014
emarcus in Outer Boroughs

Little Neck Shanghai and Taiwanese Cuisine Soup Dumpling restaurant

Went a few nights ago. Soup dumplings were certainly nice, but lacked the great flavor of Kung Fu's. Shrimp with snow pea leaves, disappointing on both ingredient counts. A favorite dish of mine, shredded pork with yellow chives and dried bean curd, was too wet. But noodles with sesame paste and peanut butter was a winner.

Jul 09, 2014
emarcus in Outer Boroughs

chirashi / chirashizushi on Long Island

Any great sushi bar will make great chirashi. Personal favorites: Taka in Westbury, Nagashima in Jericho, Koiso in Carle Place. Also high marks to Arata in Syosset, Ginza in Massapequa.

Jun 20, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)
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HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

It's so easy to get Senor Taco and Senor Nacho mixed up, Motosport. Mr. Nacho has the cheese melted all over his head...

Jun 19, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

I think this is a going to be a heavy lift here on Long Island. We have a number of authentic Mexican restaurants, many of them owned, operated and frequented by Mexicans. But the Tex Mex places tend to cater to folks who don't actually know what Mexican food is, let alone the singular cuisine of Mexicans in Texas. If you'd like authentic Mexican, suggest you try Taqueria Mexcio in Riverhead or LIttle Mexico in Westbury.

Jun 17, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Best Birthday Chocolate Cake [near Plainview, Long Island]

Front Street Bakery is also excellent. You can't go wrong with any of these places.

Jun 10, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

Thanks, Coll. And I'll save you the trouble of telling folks where to pick'em:

http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/b/a/ba...

Jun 10, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Birthday Chocolate Cake [near Plainview, Long Island]

Malverne Bakery is really good. For a spectacularly tall, delicious cake, try Torta Fina in Babylon or Commack. Elegant delicious cake at Fiorello Dolce in Huntington. One of my favorite chocolate layer cakes is at Buttercooky in Manhasset and Floral Park. You've got Sweet Karma right there in Plainview.

Jun 10, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Birthday Chocolate Cake [near Plainview, Long Island]

If you tell me where on Long Island I promise to suggest a great chocolate cake.

Jun 10, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Speonk- lunch places?

Eastport Luncheonette has great pancakes, local blueberries in 'em!

Jun 09, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Tres Diamante [Westhampton Beach]

When you say Spanish-style food, you mean Latin American, right? What were the dishes you liked best? Thanks.

Jun 09, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Thai Groceries on Long Island

Agreed. This is your best bet. And a great store to boot!

May 26, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Farmers markets Riverhead and/or Rocky Point

Here's a list of all LI farmers markets

http://long-island.newsday.com/shoppi...

Tomorrow there are markets in Kings Park and Southampton.

May 24, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Trader Joe's Corn spaghetti or brown rice pasta

Haven't tried either but, for what it's worth, best gluten-free pasta I've ever tried is Le Veneziane which is made from corn. Hands down. Note that with these unorthodox pastas (gf, whole grain, etc.) shape does matter. With whole grain I've found that fusilli are always better than ziti.

May 16, 2014
emarcus in Chains

Alphonso Mangos! [Hicksville]

Great tip!

May 08, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)

Soup Dumplings on Long Island

Well played!

May 01, 2014
emarcus in New York State (exc. NYC)