Foodie Gossip – April 2011

The big news of early 2011 is the First Annual Spring Long Island Restaurant Week, the initial spring installment of this wildly popular Islandwide gustatory bonanza. The formula is the same as previous restaurant weeks: From Sunday-Sunday, April 3-10, numerous restaurants of many genres from the Hamptons to the midst of Nassau County will offer a $24.95 three-course prix fixe all evening, and until 7pm on Saturday. Call (631) 329-0050, ext. 108 or go to for more information.

LI is becoming a bastion for high-class Asian fare in eateries that have become hotspots for a fun night out. One that has made a big splash is Nisen in Woodbury (516) 496-7000. They are conducting a Sake Dinner on April 18 from 6:30-10pm. For $90 (plus tax and gratuity) you get six courses, each paired with a different Sake, plus some bites at the pre-dinner lounge reception. The selections heavily favor the sea, as it should be for this sushi Mecca—Bluefin Otoro, King Crab Salad, Sake Cured Salmon Tartar, Miso Glazed Black Cod. Top-flight “turf” dishes are not neglected—the penultimate one before dessert is Roasted Rack of Colorado lamb. The feast is capped off with Valhrona Double Chocolate Mousse. Another Asian cuisine hotspot is Rock-n-Sake in Port Washington (516) 883-7253. In addition to a multifaceted lunch and dinner menu, they have a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, as well as sushi boxes, a rarity on the Island, which are an interesting sushi preparation in the titular shape.

Finally, as the weather warms, be on the lookout for Andy’s Italian Ices. There are over 50 flavors of healthy water and creme Italian Ices available. No syrups or fructose are used—just fresh fruit, nuts and chocolate imported from Italy. Call (516) 972-7959 to find out the daily location of the Ice Mobile Truck or for home delivery. Also, go to to find out more ways to get your hands on these treats.

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