Smokin’ Al’s is named after its founder, Al Horowitz, originally from Brooklyn and now transplanted to Long Island in order to cook up and share some of the tastiest BBQ this side of Memphis. There’s no one style to this BBQ and the flavors are really a combination of the various styles of BBQ that Al has come across over the years during his travels across the country. We hit up Smokin’ Al’s in Bay Shore (there’s another, newer location in Massapequa Park as well) to take some pictures. To view our little photographic tour, click on through the jump.
**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.
To start the Spring off on the right foot, the Gulf Coast Kitchen by Robin Haas at Montauk Yacht Club is throwing a weekly Spring Prix Fixe for all of you lucky diners who happen to be in the Montauk area during this time of year. From 5:30pm every Friday and Saturday, $29.95 will unlock the prix fixe menu. To see what’s on tap for the three course meal, click on past the break.
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.
Serious chocolate is a great little shop located on West Main Street in Bay Shore. A small area of the island that is littered with great restaurants and shops, Bay Shore is coming of age and proving to be a go-to destination for those with a need for good cuisine. The same can be said about Serious Chocolates and the various chocolatey (and sweet) goods that reside within.
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.
By Dina Shingleton, Suffolk County Correspondent
I finally got a chance to check out bubble by jdella at the corner of East Main Street and Deer Park Avenue. At first, bubble appears to be a typical high-end children’s boutique stocked with beautiful and unique clothing and shoes with a few pieces for mom thrown in. However, once I talked to the extremely friendly staff (seriously, one staffer actually got my ornery two-year-old to stop fussing) I realized bubble is also offers mommy/daddy & me classes too! Another mom that was shopping swore by the music class and I will definitely be checking it out with my daughter.
Of course, I couldn’t resist the absolutely darling sparkly gold flats for Maddie (I only wish they came in my size). They look far more luxe than the $24 they were (and they also come in silver).
I’m happy I checked out bubble, and happier that the merchandise and classes they offer are different than typical big-box offerings. I’m making extra effort to do my holiday shopping at local shops, and with bubble, it will be easy to do! 631-587-0050
By Dina Shingleton, Suffolk County Correspondent
What’s better than a sushi restaurant opening within walking distance of your house? A sushi restaurant that actually serves decent sushi, with attentive staff, and trendy atmosphere within walking distance to your house!
OK, so maybe Liki Sushi in Amityville isn’t within walking distance for everyone, but ample parking and it’s location on Merrick Rd make it the perfect go-to spot for a bite after work when you’re too tired to cook.
Last night my husband, two year old daughter (yes, they’re kid friendly too), and I sat down in a private booth with beaded curtains and chowed down. We started out with the Jalapeno Yellowtail appetizer. Certainly a nod to the famed dish at Nobu, it was just spicy enough without going overboard. The yellowtail was just slightly too thick, but maybe I’m used to the paper thin shavings at Nobu that seem to melt away. Of course, Liki doesn’t charge Nobu prices, so to hold them up to that standard is probably unfair.
We ordered Edamame as well, mainly for Maddie (our two year old). If you haven’t yet given some to your little one, give it a try! Maddie pops ’em like candy! A miso soup and a bowl of white rice rounded up Maddie’s meal. We dump about half the rice into the soup and let her have at it. She thinks it is delicious, and we’re happy to oblige!
The husband and I tried some sushi rolls. I had the Fire Dragon Roll (spicy tuna, cucumber on top with tuna, avocado, and spicy wasabi sauce) and a Negi Hamachi roll (yellowtail and scallion). The Fire Dragon Roll was done well. Not too much rice, excellent texture, and not too cold (I don’t like eating ice cold sushi). My only complaint was that for a roll called Fire Dragon it didn’t seem that spicy. Fire Dragon is a pretty dramatic name, and I was expecting dramatic spice. It fell a bit flat, but nothing extra wasabi couldn’t solve.
My husband had the standard spicy tuna roll and a Boston roll. He said both were rather tasty. I tried his spicy tuna and thought it lacked spice, but he didn’t agree, so maybe I was just having a bad taste bud day.
All in all I think Liki Sushi is a great go-to sushi spot. I know we’ll certainly be back either to dine-in or to take-out.