Foodie Gossip February 2014

That Meetball Place
At this small plates eatery, the titular orb can be had in the classic meat format or vegetarian or lobster…or the chorizo-bearing “Balls of Fire.” It goes on: The balls can be doused in Italian or Asian sauces, placed between breads and/or covered with cheese, covered with a fried egg and more… The environs are made of reclaimed NYC brick and wood from a barn. Pulse has tested the offerings and approves.

Nisen Sushi
Commack’s Asian-fusion hotspot has two new locations in Melville and St. James. Each will have a different spin on the original space’s innovatively-structured décor, but the cuisine will be consistent with the first. For lunch, their bento box packages are a draw and the dinner sushi and sashimi menu includes plenty of Otoro, the most prized part of the tuna.

Topping Rose House
The restored 1842 haute eatery/luxury hotel helmed by superstar chef Tom Colicchio has begun a monthly winter farmers’ market in their restored barn. Happening this month on the 15th from 11am-2pm, expect local artisanal goodies (chocolate, eggs, wine, cheese, olive oil, etc.). The market so far has coincided with big TRH events—you may catch a close (culinary) encounter with Colicchio himself.

michael isenbek

Michael Isenbek, Associate Editor, dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction writing, coordinates the Pulse event listings and writes the text for "Zoom," among other editorial tasks. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Empire State College.