An award-winning Colombian / Latin American restaurant is hiding in plain sight right there in Valley Stream, on Nassau County’s south shore. Located on Rockaway Avenue, Chicken Coop may not have any chickens running wild inside a wire cage, but they’re serving up some tasty cuisine from another part of this world.
At The Chef’s Corner Cafe in Mineola, something special is happening. Through the friendship between owners Maryellen Villalta and Chef Israel Aguilar, they’re taking their great working relationship and putting it towards building some wonderful cuisine that both Mineola residents and workers alike are flocking to.
When we used to live in the city back in the late 90′s and early 2000′s, we lived a block away from Grace’s Marketplace on 71st and 3rd on the Upper East Side. A few years after we made our way back to Long Island we noticed that a new marketplace was being built in Greenvale. When we saw the Grace’s signs go up, we knew that Long Island was in for a wonderful treat.
Widely celebrated and often pricy, Anthony Scotto Restaurants dominate the upper-echelon of Long Island’s dining scene. Known for their large restaurants and magnificent decor, Scotto is a well respected name. With Rare 650 in Syosset, Insignia in Smithtown and Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville, they’re a staple of the power-crowd.
Where do you go when you’re hankering for some authentic Portuguese Barbecue? Why, you head on over to Jericho Tpke. in Mineola and pay a visit to Churrasqueira Bairrada, of course.
With two locations in Suffolk County (this one in Port Jeff and the other in nearby Hauppauge), Pace’s Steakhouse pulls double duty as a neighborhood gathering spot and a classic American Steakhouse. We touched down at Pace’s recently to take in their wonderful atmosphere and of course, the food.
Dipping your toe into a cuisine that you’re not familiar with is not always an easy thing to accomplish when you hit up a new restaurant. The proper way to do that, in our opinion, is to visit a buffet or an “all-you-can-eat” establishment so that even if you’re not completely satisfied with a portion of the new cuisine that you’re embarking on, you can still get your money’s worth with some other choices at the meal. If you’re looking to try on Brazilian BBQ for size, Picanha Na Brasa in Nesconset is your first stop.
Who doesn’t love a little French bistro every now and then? We know that we do, and short of flying all the way to France, La P’tite Framboise (or, the Little Raspberry) is fulfilling all of our needs. Located on wonderful Main Street in the heart of Port Washington, stepping inside is akin to a charming little bistro in Paris.
Years ago, a Best Western sat off of exit 72 of the LIE, just next to Tanger Outlets. It wasn’t anything much to look at. It did its job; catering to those looking for a quick getaway to the entryway of the north fork, or a respite between shopping marathons. With time, the tide has changed and the new owners have not only Manhattan-ized the hotel (read: trendy), they’ve also installed Bistro 72, serving up fantastic drinks and cuisine.
Owner Joseph DeNicola has hit the mark again (his other Long Island restaurants, Ruvo East, Ruvo West and La Tavola have been pleasing Suffolk crowds for years) with his new location, Del Fuego, in St. James. This tiny area is packed with great restaurants, and this hopping Tex-Mex joint adds just one more to the growing list of reasons that we love St. James.