La Gioconda, an italian restaurant located just across from the Great Neck Plaza LIRR station has closed it doors in 2014 and it comes as quite a surprise (to us). A quaint, dimly lit and intimate restaurant and catering operation, we were surprised to hear the news of their demise as we have dined there numerous times over the past 7 or so years and each time that we had visited the restaurant was pretty busy.
Besides Zim Zari being a pretty cool place to hit up in Massapequa Park, on Long Island’s South Shore, they have a built in incentive to visit on Sunday; kids eat for free with a purchase of an adult meal.
We were pleasantly surprised this weekend when we discovered that East of NYC received a shout-out on page 4 for local Long Island websites in Peter M. Gianotti’s new book, Food Lovers’ Guide to Long Island. Peter Gianotti is the restaurant critic at Newsday and has published a few books focusing on the Long Island region.
You may not know Jack’s Shack in Glen Head but you probably know its owner. Willie Degel, host of the wildly popular Food Network show Restaurant Stakeout and who is also the owner of Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse is calling the shots at this organic fast casual spot and not surprisingly, it’s pretty good.
Seasons 52 has always been known for their mini desserts, served up in a shot glass and baked to perfection. They’re announcing today a series of new mini indulgence flavors that are both seasonal and permanent to their menu.
Organizers of the Long Island Craft Beer Week have just announced that this year’s event has officially been canceled. The full statement from LICBW can be found just below and goes into detail on their cancelation this year as well as their plans for 2015.
When Bottomz Up Bar & Grill abruptly closed their location in Carle Place (they have another location that is still open in Manhattan), we didn’t know what would happen with that large space. Now we know as the Manning’s Pub & Grill sign is up on the exterior facade and the Now Hiring sign adorns the windows. Poking our heads into the restaurant, we saw that crews were hard at work on the interior and the signage is up inside as well.
Food News: Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas To Open in May at Gallery at Westbury Plaza Shopping Center
Update on 5/21/14: The restaurant will be opening on May 27, 2014
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas restaurant is now under construction with hopes to open up in May of this year. Located in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza shops on the Garden City / Westbury border, this new italian spot looks to be one of the nicer offerings in the shopping center thus far.
Sad Food News coming out of Merrick today. Kevin Liebov, the owner/chef of Nicholas James Bistro in Merrick has announced that they have shuttered their doors, after 19 years in service, mostly due to economic reasons and the increasing rents that are turning up on Merrick Road.
Today marks St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to ring that in than to focus on one of the island’s best watering holes that also serves great food; Corry’s Ale House, located in Wantagh.