Each month, Niko Krommydas serves up a steaming bowl of gossip goulash made with the latest restaurant news on Long Island.
FLO’S PATCHOGUE The first Patchogue spinoff of Flo’s Famous Luncheonette, the revered seasonal roadside eatery opened by Florence Kimball in Blue Point in 1926, closed last December. (Blue Point Brewing Company’s new brewery and tasting room took its place and is slated to open in early 2018.) Last month, the year-round outpost returned to West Main Street, but in the former Flight space. The setting remains rustic with added weathered wooden booths and vertical ropes. Jason Tepper, who was the chef at Flight, is running the kitchen and is also an owner. Tepper and Conor Vigliotta, who has owned the Flo’s mini-empire (it also includes Floasis, a taco shack on Corey Beach, and Flo’s on the Go, a food truck) with his father David since 2000, have added new menu items like brisket tacos and a shrimp po’ boy. A late-night menu with breakfast options is available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10pm to 3am. “If you want to come and have pancakes at 2am, you can,” Tepper said. There are also baroque milkshakes, both sans alcohol and spiked. “They come in these awesome large mugs and they’re loaded with things like gummy worms.” 38 West Main Street, Patchogue, 888-356-7864, flosfamous.com
MR. CROOK’S PUB AT THE CHEQUIT During weekends this winter, the pub at this hotel will serve comfort food like buffalo wings, a wedge salad, mac and cheese, chili cheese fries, a burger and a daily savory pie. 23 Grand Avenue, Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-0018, thechequit.com
HOKKAIDO SUSHI AND ASIAN FUSION In the former Lemongrass Asian Fusion space comes another interpretation of the trend. 331 Route 25A, Mount Sinai, 631-828-6888, hokkaidonyc.com
BOWLERO A five-pound burger called The Behemoth is the menu’s kingpin at this new branch of a national chain of bowling alleys. There is also one in Commack. 5660 Sunrise Highway, Sayville, 631-567-8900, bowlero.com.
KEBAB EXPRESS HALAL GRILL Get ready for charcoal-grilled kebabs of various meats. They are available as individual skewers or over basmati rice, alongside Afghan dishes like kabuli pulao, a traditional lamb pilaf. 10 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, 631-923-3085
DOMA LAND & SEA Boris and Edward Safaniev, the brothers behind Cork & Slice, increased their presence in Cedarhurst with the addition of another kosher restaurant in the village. DOMA, which means “at home” in Russian, is a 170-seat homage to dry-aged meats and seafood. The chef, Oscar Martinez, whips dishes up on a wood-fired grill. 490 Chestnut Avenue, Cedarhurst, 516-881-7712, domalandsea.com
MELTOLOGY The menu has expanded with more varieties of grilled cheese and a burger. 5507 Nesconset Highway, Suite 16, Mount Sinai, 631-509-0331, meltology.li
THE GREENE TURTLE SPORTS BAR & GRILLE A third Long Island outlet of this Maryland-based chain has emerged from its shell, joining tortois—err, places in East Meadow and Franklin Square. 716 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, 631-656-9086, thegreeneturtle.com
THE CLAY OVEN Lubna Habibi plans to open a third outpost of her Indian restaurant in Copiague in January. This spot will join locations in Smithtown and Hauppauge. Expect an open kitchen where food will be cooked in a tandoor, a traditional charcoal-fired clay oven that produces succulent roasted chicken, meats, seafood and vegetables, and smoky flatbreads like naan and poori. 1195 Sunrise Highway, Unit J, Copiague, clayovenhalal.com
CUOPPO NYC After six months, this place in Merrick specializing in Italian street food served in paper cups, has closed.
HONIG GRILL This restaurant named for the Honig Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, which also offered wines from the California producer but was not affiliated, is no more.