Each month, Niko Krommydas serves up a steaming bowl of gossip goulash made with the latest restaurant news on Long Island.
JENNIE’S AT DROSSOS Jennie Werts’ pop-up returns to the snack bar at this Greenport motel for a second summer, starting Mother’s Day. It had been open on weekends; now it is open daily. Werts, the New York chef who spent childhood summers in Greenport, also said the menu is significantly larger this season. Fried chicken brined in sweet tea, a duck schnitzel sandwich, tempura broccoli and Korean baby back ribs are some of the options. Local beer and wine will be available starting Memorial Day. 69125 Main Road, Greenport, jenniesatdrossos.com
ORIGINAL SEAFORD PALACE After a few years as The Friendly Greek, this diner, which originally opened at this site in 1992, has returned. There’s a new owner, Teddy Calligeros, who once ran the Golden Dolphin Diner in Huntington. 3864 Merrick Road, Seaford, 516-221-5017 facebook.com/seafordpalacediner
L&W MARKET This month, Eric Lemonides and Jason Weiner will open this market adjacent to Almond, their restaurant in Bridgehampton. Shoppers will find breads, cheeses, olive oils, sandwiches, prepared foods, charcuterie and a selection of seasonal produce. Most of the produce is local and some of it used for #KimchiJews, a new kimchi brand from Weiner and Almond’s chef, Jeremy Blutstein. The market will be open daily from 7am to 9pm. It will also offer its own line of frozen pastas, patés and pastries. 2493 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, landwmarket.com
JOHN BAUER, who was the executive chef at the Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow, is now at Wave Seafood & Steak, the restaurant inside Danford’s Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson. The Crest Group, which owns Danfords, has opened a new restaurant, The Cliffside, in the Port Jefferson Country Club. It replaces Lombardi’s on the Sound, which had been there for 15 years. The group will also run the country club’s catering hall as The Waterview.
PATRIZIA’S The eighth outpost of this Italian mini-chain, which features generous portions at moderate prices, will open in Massapequa Park in the space formerly known as Tra’mici Ristorante Italiano. It’s the second restaurant on Long Island; a branch opened in Hicksville in the summer of 2016, joining five in New York City and one in New Jersey. The owners, brothers Gennaro and Giacomo Alaio, worked as waiters at Viva Loco in Bellmore before opening their first restaurant in the Bronx in 1991. It should not be confused with Patricia’s in the borough’s Morris Park section. 4915 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park, patrizias.com
EL MARIACHI After more than 40 years, the music has ended at this Mexican restaurant on Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. Carlos and Mercedes Salazar opened it in 1977 after immigrating to America. It was later taken over by their children, who lost the lease. “In recent years, our efforts to secure the future in our space have been ineffective as irresistible monetary offers were made to our landlord, by local businesspersons vying for our space in exchange for non-renewal with us,” they said in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Thousands of people have commented with support and well-wishes. “We knew we had awesome fans, we just didn’t know how deep and wide our family went,” the owners said in another post. “We will miss the smiles we gave one another and the tens of thousands of hugs we shared.”
JOE’S GARAGE AND GRILL After four years, this restaurant in Riverhead with a race car theme and a focus on barbecue, has been towed to the great scrapyard in the sky.