Each month, Niko Krommydas serves up a steaming bowl of gossip goulash made with the latest restaurant news on Long Island.
NOPAL RESTAURANT The owners of El Nopal I in Hempstead and El Nopal II in Uniondale have come to Westbury with a menu of Mexican and Central American specialities. Pupusas, tamales, baleadas and huaraches give you some idea. 263B Post Avenue, Westbury, 516-743-9900
SWEET MAMA’S GOOD KITCHEN This branch of a homey 1950s-inspired restaurant in Northport that serves all-day breakfast has an ice cream counter with 30 flavors to build its baroque milkshakes and sundaes. 121 Main Street, Stony Brook, 631-621-7895, sweetmamali.com
THE COREY CREEK INN This is the new name of the Blue Point Oyster Bar and Bistro, which was originally called the Blue Point Bistro and Grill when Kevin Kessler and Gina Windisch-Kessler purchased the restaurant last summer. The Kesslers have also changed the menu by placing less emphasis on seafood and adding new dishes like coffee-rubbed strip steak with bourbon butter. But they have kept the raw bar. 154 Montauk Highway, Blue Point, 631-363-6000, thecoreycreekinn.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
CHOP’T This is the New York-based salad chain’s second location on Long Island. (The first opened in Woodbury in February.) The full list of toppings is paralyzing. 1606 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park, 516-519-8188, choptsalad.com
THE CHEESECAKE SPOT Laurie Jefferson opened this kiosk in Roosevelt Field, on the mall’s first level near JCPenny and Bloomingdale’s, to complement her wholesale cheesecake business. In addition to the traditional variety, Jefferson rotates more than a dozen flavors, about half of them available on any given day (sweet potato swirl, hot chocolate, cookies and cream). The cheesecakes are available daily in three sizes: four inches, called a single ($4.75); the slightly larger mini ($7.50); and, for the indecisive, the bite, which are two inches and come three flavors to a pack ($8). Full nine-inch cheesecakes ($35) must be ordered in advance. Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Road, Garden City, 516-742-0049, thecheesecakespot.com
BLUE OYSTER SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR Lisa Saggio is converting her sports bar in Islip, Bottoms Up!, into this seafood spot. Saggio, who also owns the neighboring candy shop, Sugared Up!, and a nearby cosmetic store, Lather Up!, has recruited Kenneth Pulomena as the chef. He has cooked at restaurants in Manhattan that specialize in seafood. The spot will open in January. 526 Main Street, Islip
MEDITERRANEAN SNACK BAR After serving souvlaki and spanakopita for over 40 years, Steve Soulellis is closing his beloved Greek restaurant in Huntington and retiring. “I am going to fish, garden, and visit with my granddaughters,” Soulellis, who has sold the building, told Newsday last month. Saturday, Dec. 23, will be the restaurant’s last day of service. 360 New York Avenue, Huntington, 631-423-8982, medsnackbar.com
NAMASTE AMERICA This buffet-style Indian restaurant on Commack Road in Deer Park is no-more-ste.
MEADOWLANDS SPORTS BAR AND RESTAURANT You can’t watch the Giants or Jets here anymore. This place, in East Meadow, has closed.