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Partos Pizza in Riverhead gets bought out by Uncle Joes

Having been raised in Nassau on the south shore... Anything west of the Nassau / Queens border is "the City". ALL five boros. And, yes, anything NOT ON Long Island or in "the City" in NYS IS upstate... :-)

Astoria Eats - Get thee to the Greek(s)

"Well cooked but virtually unseasoned fish and lame sides don't justify two hour waits."

http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/be...

"..homemade charcuterie varieties that Williamsburg has never heard of."

Dec 18, 2014
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Having breakfast on Long Island

Aaand the winners are...
http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...
Morning Rose Cafe in Downtown Bellmore Village #1 Breakfast/lunch!
A well earned spot at #1 !

Having breakfast on Long Island

Has anyone tried Bld's in Ronkonkama? I stumbled across this place online while I was looking for Country Fried Steak. (and for lunch or dinner, a place that has Country *STYLE* Steak would be greatly appreciated ;-)

Amerrickana Tapas & Bar - Merrick

"The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene" by Erica Marcus has Amerrickana Tapas & Bar in Merrick in review here:
http://long-island.newsday.com/restau...

I trust Erica much and I hope to continue to hear more about this place as yelp has of today only 4 reviews... and it seems like the kind of place that one can easily spend some $$$$ piling up small, clever plates...

Amerrickana Tapas & Bar
2205 Merrick Rd.
Merrick, NY 11566
(516) 442-2188

Best fish to be served with a mushroom risotto.

Scup, sheepshead, porgie, tsipoura, etc....

Dec 17, 2014
Gastronomos in Home Cooking

Best fish to be served with a mushroom risotto.

Gilt-head bream

Dec 17, 2014
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Input on venison dish please!

Not really true of ALL Greeks, per se, but we know quite a few that fit the mold... LOL

Dec 16, 2014
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Any suggestions on the South Shore of Long Island, Upscale.

ISO Merguez Sausage - Long Island

I'm looking for really good merguez sausage. I would like to find a brick and mortar business to see what I'm buying, but a reputable on-line market site that you order from will suffice.

I'd like to 'spice up' Christmas a bit this year...

THANKS!

Input on venison dish please!

Venison goulash is superb!

Dec 14, 2014
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Input on venison dish please!

This recipe comes via Kythira/Athens. What part of Greece is your background prima? Ciao!

Dec 12, 2014
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Fuscamos - Wantagh

LOL!!! OK. They're not. I think I was told that the meat is 'skirt steak'. LOL!!!

Input on venison dish please!

Yes. Stifado / Stifatho to us is defined by Allspice (and red wine vinegar). Bay leaf is used as well. I shy away from cinnamon in my stifado, but see it added in many recipes. I use Whole allspice berries, but many may not like having to pick them out on their plate, so ground allspice works for those that want fish without bones...

My wifes family makes it with veal (or beef). And a touch of cinnamon.

I have never seen oregano added to stifado. (unless the links I provided are doing something with oregano?)

Rabbit is common game in Greece and therefore popular in making stifado.

We have a good amount of venison in our home, so venison is the most popular stifado we make. It's like subbing venison for the veal/beef in many recipes, but without the beefy smell, just the tasty venison.

The point of stifado, being a traditional sweet and sour dish in Greece, is that the red wine vinegar and allspice and bay leaf compliment game meats. Milder farm raised meat, like chicken, would get overwhelmed by the rich flavourful stew.

I have seen online pork stifado, but that would have my family get up and walk away form the table...

Dec 12, 2014
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Input on venison dish please!

In our home we enjoy a traditional recipe for game prepared with venison and sauced with a vinegar spiked tomato "gravy" / sauce and aromatic spices, allspice being the main and most important, complimented by whole small onions giving this traditional game stew a 'sweet and sour' taste.

This IS a bit more rustic, homey, country style as it IS a stew, but our dinner guests have enjoyed it and requested it be served to them again ;-)

Venison Stifado / Stifatho

http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/bee...

http://greekgourmand.blogspot.com/200...

http://greekfood.about.com/od/maindis...

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

http://honest-food.net/wild-game/veni...

Dec 12, 2014
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Hanukkah

Zuckerbakers Kosher Bake Shop
2845 Jerusalem AveWantagh, NY 11793
(516) 785-6900

Pearl's Kosher Bake Shop
16 Manetto Hill Mall, Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 935-5225

French Kosher Bakery
579 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck, NY 11023
(516) 439-4888

120 E Sunrise Hwy, Valley Stream, NY
299 Burnside Avenue, Lawrence, NY
31 Franklin Avenue, Hewlett, NY

Fuscamos - Wantagh

Fuscamos in Wantagh has been on my list since someone told me that they serve good bar food and I should give them a shot. I'm keeping an open mind, because by looking at the photos, I may have to grin and bear it. I hope the drinks are strong ;-)

Anyone been? How's the food?

THANKS!

Fuscamos
3037 Merrick Rd
Wantagh, NY 11793
(516) 809-5100
fuscamosbarandgrill.net

Rolling Spring Roll [Farmingdale, Long Island]

Best pho on Long Island!

bBds in Rocky Point (Long Island): Burgers and beer and more, what a great place!

story of my life...

bBds in Rocky Point (Long Island): Burgers and beer and more, what a great place!

MMMM,a good lookin' Malted Milkshake in a PBR Glass. NOW I gotta getme to BBD's!

http://youtu.be/GwD7P7Yg_qg

Best diner on Long Island??

Sliced Steak sandwich at "the diner".

Borrelli's - East Meadow

At $17.95 for chicken francese / marsala... 'OK with no expectations' may be a bit steep to bother, for me. An average mediocre meal *should* have a price tag that matches it's mediocrity.
But, some day, I may have to bite the bullet and get me to this place for the old school Italian that's become increasingly rare to find...

Pakistani / Indian Outside of Hicksville - Lazzat, North Bellmore

It's definitely not turbo spiced. I have a high tolerance for spice, but also like to taste the freshness of the food as well. Too much does hide some things...

Pakistani / Indian Outside of Hicksville - Lazzat, North Bellmore

Got some take away from Lazzat in North Bellmore recently and have been thinking about ordering again soon. It's good.

It's in an odd location on Bellmore Ave. in North Bellmore and situated not amongst other restaurants, Pakistaini / Indian or not, save for the Dominos pizza in the same strip center. The area is not known for its restaurant scene. The closest is the awesome Morning Rose Cafe that's a breakfast / lunch spot.

Lazzat
1892 Bellmore Ave.
North Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 826-6060
www.yourlazzat.com

The Best Egg Sandwich... on Long Island - Southdown Coffee in Huntington

Thanks. I see that it's available only on weekends right now... may have to wait until they start serving it on weekdays before I get the chance to try it out and the coffee... ;-)

Christos Steak House

I was there a few years ago. I'm not a steak house kinda guy... but this place wasn't bad.
I have in mind to order the sauteed veal sweetbreads with the Lemon Assyritiko Sauce. And the Broccoli Rabe with garlic. And the smoked feta parsley mashed potatoes.

What sauce should I order with the steak? I'm only interested in the sauce.

Thanks!

Dec 10, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Borrelli's - East Meadow

was that the now defunct "Fukudaya" spot?

The Best Egg Sandwich... on Long Island - Southdown Coffee in Huntington

So reading this:

www.ediblelongisland.com/2014/12/09/e...

...makes me wonder if the coffee here is spiked or is it just high octane?

Caffeine does make me hungrier after its initial fake-out... as does alcohol...

www.southdowncoffee.wordpress.com

Borrelli's - East Meadow

Has anyone been to Borrelli's in East Meadow?

I think that since I was born and raised on Long Island, and not all that far from Borrelli's, it's a shame I haven't ever been.

I'll contribute it to the many "must avoid" and "Eww, don't go there" comments I received for all my years about Borrelli's. But, the place is still around after so long and renovated a short time ago as well.

The reviews on other websites are difficult to read. From one star reviews to five star reviews with little in between. It's either love or hate.

That's why we have Chowhounds with good food sense to help each other in such instances. What do Chowhounds that have dined here think? Is this place OK? Can it do for a weeknight meal of chicken francese or marsala?

Thanks!

Christos Steak House

Which one of these should I order? I'm going and would love to hear a rec on which one to order:

SAUCES & CRUST

6
SHALLOT AU POIVRE
8
ROQUEFORT CHEESE
AND RED WINE GARLIC SAUCE
10
LUMP CRABMEAT
AND TARAGON BEARNAISE
8
WILD MUSHROOM
MAVRODAPHNE
22
1LB. LOBSTER
WITH HORSERADISH CREAM SAUCE

...to be paired with one of the steaks:
49
RIBEYE
24oz.

and
8
SMOKED FETA | PARSLEY MASHED POTATOES

and
10
BROCCOLI RABE WITH ROASTED GARLIC

maybe a starter of
18
VEAL SWEETBREADS
SAUTE | LEMON ASSYRTIKO SAUCE

and a shared Salad
11
PRASINI
ROMAINE | DILL | SCALLIONS | FETA CHEESE | GREEN OLIVES

THANKS! :-)

Dec 08, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs