Foodie Gossip

Toast of the (New) Town
According to Terry Scarlatos, owner of Toast, a new outpost of the Port Jefferson coffeehouse (and so much more) is now planned for Patchogue. A 4,000-square-foot space on Main Street will be renovated for an anticipated May opening and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Now Trending: Asian Cuisine
Asian restaurants continue to proliferate on Long Island at a greater rate than any other type of eating place. Three of the most recent are Plates, a South Asian tapas restaurant in Huntington; Kenta, a modern Japanese-influenced 80-seat spot in Melville; and finally Asia Taste in Hauppauge, a Thai restaurant with a sushi menu owned by Tony Chen who also owns the Lemonleaf Grills in Port Jefferson Station and Hicksville.

Lourido Brings Wealth of Experience to Harbor Mist
Ramon Lourido, who has become executive chef at Harbor Mist in Cold Spring Harbor, has an impressive résumé both in his native Spain and in this country. Lourido is from the Basque area of Spain and attended the Culinary Institute of America. He was a line cook at the Ritz Hotel and Goya in Madrid and the Peninsula Hotel and the Supper Club in Manhattan. He also was an executive sous chef at the North Hempstead Country Club and the executive chef of the Centerport Yacht Club. Harbor Mist’s ownership also plans to open a new restaurant in the near future and while a lease has been signed in Manhattan, the new venture has yet to be named.

Alexis Samayoa’s Newest: Tocolo Cantina
Brooklyn native chef Alexis Samayoa left Empellon, where he had worked under the direction of Alex Stupak, to open his own trendy upscale Mexican restaurant in December. Tocolo Cantina delivers modern interpretations of traditional Mexican and Lloyd Rosenman, Todd Birnbaum and Coby Rejwan are co-owners. The restaurant is located in Garden City and is already receiving positive reviews.

Gula Gula Empanadas
This new Latin American market will be offering prepared meals to go, along with freshly made empanadas. Located on Pike Street and Love Lane in Mattituck, the new enterprise was scheduled for a March open as Pulse went to press. Owner Luchi Masliah plans on incorporating local produce in her dishes and does not cook meats raised with antibiotics or hormones.

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