01/24/15 8:00am
01/24/2015 8:00 AM
Ioanna and Manolis Kavvadias cooking up vegetables for soup Friday morning at Greek Bites Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Ioanna and Manolis Kavvadias cooking up vegetables for soup Friday morning at Greek Bites Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I’m a sandwich man.

Whether it’s ham and cheese, a hamburger, pulled pork or a lamb gyro, I’m often happier at lunch than I am at dinner.

Even when I’m out to dinner, I find myself ordering from the restaurant’s sandwich menu. Sometimes my fellow diners take this as a signal that we’re all supposed to order burgers or chicken sandwiches instead of entrées to save money on the total dinner bill. Not true. (more…)

01/13/15 5:42pm
01/13/2015 5:42 PM
Cinco de Mayo closed its doors on Dec. 31. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Cinco de Mayo closed its doors on Dec. 31. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

After opening its doors in late 2012, Mexican-American restaurant Cinco de Mayo has closed its doors, and the building is up for lease.

A large yellow Richmond Realty sign is covering the shuttered restaurant’s green sign in the front of the building that previously housed the Village Crossroads, located at the intersection of Route 25 and Edwards Avenue.

The back room is completely empty besides three tables, a few chairs stacked against the wall and a handful of drinks left in an open refrigerator.

Ike Israel with Richmond Realty said the business closed its doors on Dec. 31, and the agency got the keys to the building on Tuesday. They are seeking $17.50 per square foot triple net to lease the 4,800 square foot building, meaning the lessee would be responsible for paying taxes, maintenance and  insurance.

The restaurant, which opened in Nov. 2012, was the site of a stabbing on April 13, 2014 after a fight between 75 to 100 people broke out around 3:30 a.m. during a “90’s style Old-School Hip-Hop R&B party.”

It was also given a ‘very good’ rating by New York Times food critic Joanne Starkey in 2013.

Attempts to reach Refugio Iglesias, owner of Cinco de Mayo, at his second restaurant, Taquiera Mi Pueblito in Hampton Bays, weren’t successful.

01/12/15 12:00pm
01/12/2015 12:00 PM
Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte by the counter of their new business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte by the counter of their new business. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

It was business as usual at the Northville Turnpike deli on Friday afternoon, where phone-in orders came in back to back, with deliveries heading out just as fast.

But amongst the afternoon rush, a new face could be seen running the show; Nadia Chiaramonte, the new owner of 4C’s Deli, which she affectionately named after her family of four.

Ms. Chiaramonte and her husband Anthony purchased the storefront — formerly CK’s Deli & Catering — last Monday, spending only one day cleaning up shop before opening for business the following day.

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01/09/15 12:00pm
01/09/2015 12:00 PM
(Credit: Tim Gannon)

Atlantis is looking at its options to redevelop this property. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The company that owns the Long Island Aquarium and the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Riverhead is looking to restore a dilapidated 113-year-old building it recently purchased across the street instead of tearing it down.

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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…)