09/30/14 5:22pm
09/30/2014 5:22 PM
Birchwood is expected to re-open by November. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Birchwood is expected to re-open by November. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

When it opens later this fall, it will have a new menu, catering room and name — technically.

But the new owner of the Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town made something very clear recently: Everything locals loved about the venerable eatery, which has been closed since June, will stay the same. (more…)

08/24/14 9:27am
08/24/2014 9:27 AM
The crowd at Harvest East End, held again at McCall Wines in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The crowd at Harvest East End, held again at McCall Wines in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

When asked at the food and wine bash Dan’s Harvest East End on Saturday which New York wine was his favorite, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he could not choose.

“We love our wine in New York,” Cuomo said. “I love them all equally.” (more…)

08/17/14 5:00am
08/17/2014 5:00 AM
Crab cakes from Orient by the Sea. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Crab cakes from Orient by the Sea. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It seems I’ve failed. During past weeks, I’ve spent so much time searching for something that appears not to exist. And all because of a great big sign I saw outside Modern Snack Bar on Main Road in Aquebogue.

The sign read “The Best Crabs Are Here.” Now I know our North Fork has the best of many things. From beaches to bays, to warm summer days, we are blessed. But crabs? I knew I’d have to investigate.  (more…)

08/14/14 4:00pm
08/14/2014 4:00 PM
Michah Brown, left, store manager at the Riverhead branch of Goldberg's Famous Bagels, and co-worker Rich Ambrose prepare customers' orders Thursday. (Rachel Young photos)

Michah Brown, left, store manager at the Riverhead branch of Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, and co-worker Rich Ambrose prepare customers’ orders Thursday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Just a few days ago, Veronica Meehan of Riverhead was still trekking 20 minutes to Goldberg’s Famous Bagels in Southampton once a week to purchase an order of the store’s “flagels” — thin-sliced bagels — for her children to enjoy. (more…)

07/19/14 10:00am
07/19/2014 10:00 AM
Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Jasmin Diaz-Leal is no stranger to the local food industry.

Her parents, George and Justina Rojas, own Mexico Lindo, a grocery store featuring Hispanic products in Riverhead, and the Mexican restaurant El Rodeo in East Moriches.

So it comes as no surprise that when Julia’s Pizzeria on East Main Street closed its doors recently, Ms. Diaz-Leal and her husband, Edgar, jumped at the chance to lease the space and open their own authentic Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo. The eatery opened two weeks ago.

“I had been working with my mom for three years now and going to school at the same time,” said Ms. Diaz-Leal, who graduated from Southampton High School in 2005 and earned a degree in criminal justice last year from Suffolk County Community College. “The opportunity came to open my own restaurant, I got the blessing from my parents and now I have it.”

Ms. Diaz-Leal, who lives in Riverhead and has a 7-year-old son, Edgar Jr., and a 6-month old daughter, Khloe, with Mr. Diaz-Leal, a San Diego native who grew up in Toluca, Mexico, does most of the cooking at their 15-seat eatery, whose name roughly translates to “Beautiful sky taco restaurant.”

The menu features dishes influenced by cuisine that is popular in Toluca, which is an hour from Mexico City, and Puebla, in the center of Mexico.

There are quesadillas, tacos and burritos, yes. But there are more unusual offerings, too, like sopa Aztec, a soup made with fried tortillas, avocado chunks, pork rinds, cheese and sour cream.

There are also tortas, sandwiches made on Portuguese bread with fillings like breaded steak, ham and cheese and chicken tamal.

Ms. Diaz-Leal said the first two weeks Taqueria Cielito Lindo has been open have “been great.”

Her hope, she said, is that “we do great in this restaurant and hopefully can open up more.”

Taqueria Cielito Lindo is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is available at the rear of the building on the Peconic Riverfront. For more information, call 631-591-0731.

ryoung@timesreview.com

07/11/14 8:00am
07/11/2014 8:00 AM

Industry leaders describe the brown leafy vegetable as salty, sweet, firm and gluten-free, although it can take on different textures depending on preparation techniques. In April, kelp grown by Bren Smith in Connecticut’s Long Island Sound waters was served at a White House dinner — a first, he said, for domestically cultivated kelp.  (more…)

02/15/14 8:00am
02/15/2014 8:00 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two Goldberg's Famous Bagels stores — one in Riverhead and one in Mattituck (pictured) — will open this spring, owner Mark Goldberg said Friday.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two Goldberg’s Famous Bagels stores — one in Riverhead and one in Mattituck (pictured) — will open this spring, owner Mark Goldberg said Friday.

The owner of Goldberg’s Famous Bagels said the two new stores he’s launching on the North Fork — the first in downtown Riverhead, the second in Mattituck — will both be open by May 1. (more…)

02/12/14 2:02pm
02/12/2014 2:02 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Bean and Bagel co-owner Joanne Leibold at the Calverton restaurant Wednesday morning.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Bean and Bagel co-owner Joanne Leibold at the Calverton restaurant Wednesday morning.

Warning: don’t be fooled by the name ‘Bean N’ Bagel Café.’

Though the eatery on Route 25 in Calverton currently offers a variety of foods well beyond those in the restaurant’s title, the Bean N’ Bagel will soon be offering even more: specifically, pizza.

(more…)