Margarita’s Cafe on Front Street in East Meadow has to be one of our favorite Mexican restaurants on Long Island. It’s a continually festive atmosphere with nightly lines out the doors. If you’re thinking of going there on a weekend night, reservations are an absolute must. Come January 20th the lines may get a little bit easier when their newest (and 3rd overall) location opens on Wantagh Avenue in Wantagh.
Shake Shack, a virtual institution across New York City and most recently expanding across the country is setting its sights on Long Island with their new location, opening on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the new Gallery at Westbury Plaza shopping center located in Garden City.
Update #2: RUB BBQ is no longer and is now called Kansas City Smokehouse
Update: RUB BBQ is open for business as of 8/15/11 for dinner service (Monday)
We were big fans when we dined at RUB BBQ in the Chelsea section of Manhattan last summer and chatted up their owner, Andrew Fischel, a Long Island native (Roslyn, to be exact). We were mostly talking about the Long Island BBQ scene and going over the various major players in both Nassau and Suffolk. Well, we’ve learned that they’re now heading out east to a new location that they can call home.
**Update – Check out our review of Salumi, posted on January 21, 2012 by clicking here
So, look what opened up right under our noses in the Massapequa area without us ever noticing. Salumi, a tapas and wine bar on Merrick Rd. threw open their doors in April, and we’re just finding out about this now. Just like you, we’re shocked that we let this slip by; but we won’t waste a single second more to let you know about it.
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.
Out with the old and in with the new. This is a constant theme in life, and especially, the restaurant world. The newest Huntington hotspot is Vitae (pronounced VEE-TAY), located in the famous spot where Abel Conklin’s reigned for many years over the Huntington scene (in a historic building dating back to 1841). The name Vitae means life, and it is with this in mind that Vitae opens its doors to welcome in Spring and the hungry masses coming out of their winter hibernation.
Healthy options are all the rage these days and we welcome the opening of any organic outpost that crops up on the island. The newest belongs to DJango’s Organics in East Hampton. The first of its kind in the hamlet of Springs, the new store boasts a juice bar that serves smoothies, vegetable juices and coffee. Gluten-free products also grace the shelves as well as various other snacks, chocolates, frozen goods and beauty products.
For those who are into organic products, this could prove to be your one-stop-shop for all of your daily needs.
Open 7 days a week from 9am – 6pm (8am – 8pm in the summer season).
514 Three Mile Harbor Rd.
East Hampton, NY 11937
Update: Post with pictures: Click here!
Sushi Ko was so new that the first two times that we dined there that they hadn’t even yet printed up their menus for takeout. We arrived during the soft opening of the restaurant, a time that normally gets all of the kinks out of the wait staff and perfects the recipes and presentations of the cuisines at hand. Surprisingly, Sushi Ko performed at a level that screamed more “we’ve been at this for years!” than “we’ve only been open for days.”
One of our favorite non-fast food fast food joints has to be Chiptole. Known for their fresh cuisine that is cooked in front of you (there’s no bag opening here), they’ve been growing steadily over the past few years. If you’ve wanted some in western Nassau County, you’ve had to travel to either Carle Place or Uniondale, which for some can prove to be quite inconvenient. Starting December 15th that all changes. The newest location to open its’ doors is located in Great Neck at 44 Great Neck Rd.