Crumbs is a wonderful little bakery (ok, maybe not so little) that has its origins in that island west of Long Island, Manhattan. Expanding its brand over the past few years, they made their move to Long Island and parts east about three years ago (Huntington and Woodbury came first) and the cupcakes are not only delicious, but they are rather expensive (for Long Island’s standards). We stopped by a little while ago to bother the staff and to snap some shots of their shop and their cupcakes (they have coffee, too!) To whet your appetite, jump on through.
Woodbury has a brand new bar / lounge/ restaurant to call their own, starting now. As of April 1st, Asian Bistro Next Door has opened its doors directly next to their sister restaurant Graffiti, a staple of the Woodbury Commons shopping center.
Update: This location is now closed. Easy come, easy go.
Chef Michael Ginor, a superstar in both Great Neck (TLV and LOLA among his most recent projects) and points further out is expanding his culinary reach on the North Shore with the opening of Restaurant Anise, a pan-Mediterranean establishment. Two weeks into their new life, Anise is picking up buzz and customers with its Hoomoos, kabobs, fresh seafood and falafels.
**Update: This location is closed**
Trattachino recently opened up in Wantagh in late January, and to our pleasant surprise was rocking the night away this past Saturday night. We happened to show up early and it was relatively empty during those first few minutes of dinner service. Leaving the restaurant was a different story; it was packed and everyone seemed to be having an excellent time with the wine and the food flowing. We sat down and immediately started ordering a bevy of items on this small plates / sharing New American menu. To view some of our guilty pleasures, keep on reading past the break.
Across the country, Seasons 52 restaurants have been operating with a focus on great seasonal portions that all sit below 475 calories. This feature alone is setting them apart from the pack as this country’s chain restaurants are inundating menus with 1,000+ calorie “healthy options”.
As we learned from Long Island Business News today, Red Mango, the increasingly visible frozen yogurt stores popping up everywhere from NYC to Long Island is opening another store in Manhasset on Plandome Rd. (not far form the train station). The franchisee who will be opening this new outpost also has another located in the Wheatley Plaza shopping center in Greenvale.
Pizza places are a dime a dozen on Long Island (as are sushi and yogurt spots, among others), so this week’s Street Level series features Cinelli’s in Oceanside. Located on the corner of Davison Avenue and Oceanside Road, this is a convenient spot to pull in and eat in or take out. For those who wish to dine at home, they also have a fleet of marked cars waiting for delivery.
*Update: Red Robin is open as of May 9th.
Construction has been under way for quite some time at the Country Glen Center (next to Chipotle and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza) and it’s only now that we have an idea of what is coming to this ever-increasing gastronomic hotspot.
Variety is the spice of life and if you’re looking for your variety in the way of a different brew for every night of the year, effin gruven is your next go-to spot on a Saturday night (or any night, for that matter). You’ve got college kids, post-college grads and the random mid-40’s guy (and girl) all represented in the crowd, ensuring that everyone will feel at home.
The highlight of the bar is their huge selection of beers, with specialty and hard to find beers available on a limited run (or until they run out). On some nights you may be able to find Great South Bay Hoppocratic Oath, Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale, Rogue Brewery Chocolate Stout, Southampton, Dogfish and more. Their location on Sunrise Highway is perfect if you want to leave the car at home, hop on the LIRR and enjoy a safe night away from the worries of who’s going to be the designated driver.
One more thing; if you want order a Budweiser, head on down to Mulcahy’s, they don’t serve that here. Now, move along.
With Nassau County under its domination (yeah Merrick and Plainview, we’re talking about you), La Piazza has now set its crosshairs on Suffolk County with the newest of its locations, located in Melville. We’ve been dining at La Piazza since the early 1990’s and still frequent both original locations with a satisfied appetite every time.