04/28/17 6:00am
There are value Long Island wines in many different price ranges. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

There are value Long Island wines in many different price ranges. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

While the East End of Long Island offers beautiful scenery and recreation, it is the distinct food and wine landscape and deep pride in it that sets this area apart. 

I was born and raised on the cusp of western Long Island, in Queens, and began working in restaurants in 1968 at the age of 15. At the time, I was just looking to stay out of trouble and save up some money to buy an amp, but it quickly became apparent that I had been bitten by the kitchen bug. I went on to spend time in culinary school and worked in dozens of L.I. restaurants. Throughout those years, I was lucky to work with regional ingredients and vendors, which gave me an appreciation for Long Island and its agricultural offerings and roots. (more…)

04/27/17 6:05am
The restaurant at the Sound View hotel will soon open with a Manhattan chef at the helm. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy, inset — courtesy photo)

The restaurant at the Sound View hotel will soon open with a Manhattan chef at the helm. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy, inset — courtesy photo)

A New York City-based chef and the co-owner of a highly rated West Village restaurant will operate a Soundfront restaurant in Greenport this summer.

Galen Zamarra, chef and partner at Mas (Farmhouse), will oversee food and drink at the Sound View hotel including the soon-to-open restaurant The Halyard. A June opening is expected. (more…)

04/26/17 6:01am
Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market in Greenport recently landed on a Zagat list of six restaurants worth the drive from New York City. (Credit: Little Creek Oysters, courtesy)

Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market in Greenport recently landed on a Zagat list of six restaurants worth the drive from New York City. (Credit: Little Creek Oysters, courtesy)

Little Creek Oysters in Greenport is worth the drive for day-tripping city dwellers.

So says Zagat in a post titled “Day Trip: 6 Restaurants Worth the Drive from NYC” published on April 14. (more…)

04/24/17 3:10pm
A sous vide machine can cook food evenly throughout while still retaining its moisture. (Credit: Dr. John Miller)

A sous vide machine can cook food evenly throughout while still retaining its moisture. (Credit: Dr. John Miller)

A hardy water bath is the secret to “sous vide” cooking. With some inexpensive equipment and a container of water we can all cook like a professional chef.

Sous vide is a French cooking technique that translates to “under vacuum.” In this technique food is vacuum-sealed in a cooking pouch and heated up at a precise temperature in a water bath.

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04/20/17 6:00am

Greenport has nearly two dozen restaurants to keep tourists coming back summer after summer and a handful that keep locals fed year round. But only one, Salamander’s on Front, is known specifically for its famous fried chicken.

2017 marks 25 years of business in the harborfront village for Salamander’s owner Claudia Helinski. She has operated three different businesses under the Salamander’s name since 1992, with the current incarnation located at 38 Front St.

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