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.
Making his way out to Nassau County, Bobby Flay himself ushered in the opening of his new burger spot, Bobby’s Burger Palace, yesterday in Roosevelt Field Mall, marking his second Long Island location (and 9th overall) of the growing brand.
From the wonderful culinary minds of West End Cafe in Carle Place comes a new hotspot in Jericho; Market Bistro. They’ve recently thrown open the doors and are open for dinner now, while expecting to be open for lunch come January, 2012.
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.
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.
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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.