Small Batch – Garden City

I used to watch Top Chef on Bravo a lot, so visiting Tom Colicchio‘s restaurant in Garden City was rather exciting for me. Located right at Roosevelt Field Mall, Small Batch is located amongst the other collection of restaurants at the mall, such as Capital Grille. I really liked the exterior of the restaurant. The…

Gatsby’s Landing – Roslyn

Right on the water, Gatsby’s Landing boldly claimed a rather powerful name. Naturally, Long Islanders and visitors alike must be drawn to the allure of any restaurant willing to claim the grand name of Gatsby. Gatsby’s Landing has a relatively modest interior, considering its name. It has a rather Hamptons, chill and relaxed atmosphere. The…

Monte’s Trattoria – Greenwich Village

Right splat in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Macdougal Street lays Monte’s — a hardcore, old school Italian restaurant with no frills. Chef Pietro Mosconi has two restaurants, both of which are within the same couples of blocks — Monte’s and Villa Mosconi. I’ve been to both of these restaurants, and I…

Scarlatto – Midtown

Right around the corner from tons of Broadway theaters is an Italian restaurant draped in red called Scarlatto. The restaurant has a classic Italian family restaurant feel with the walls and decor in a rich red color. Many places were packed Sunday evening, but this restaurant was able to sit us rather quickly. They had…

Trattoria Spaghetto – West Village

After discovering that one of our all-time favorite restaurants — CafΓ© EspaΓ±ol — devastatingly closed, we decided to head over here to Trattoria Spaghetto. Apparently, this is the restaurant that served my mother her very first breakfast in the United States. I’d been to this restaurant before prior to the advent of this blog, but…

Wild Honey – Oyster Bay

Wild Honey is located on the Main Street of the historical region of Oyster Bay. The building is quite pleasant and the entry is inviting. There is sidewalk seating in rustic wooden chairs. The interior is pleasant, but admittedly very dark. Although not very evident in the photos, I felt as though it was so…

Villa Mosconi – Greenwich Village

I have passed Villa Mosconi for most of my life on the way to Bleecker Street on Macdougal. The restaurant is more secluded from the hectic nightlife scene on Bleecker, but there is an old-school feel to the joint as you pass it. We finally decided to eat at this family-run Italian restaurant. Upon entry,…

Piccola Bussola – Huntington

Piccola Bussola is a family-style Italian Restaurant located in both Huntington and Mineola. The restaurant is classic Italian with a minimalist interior, where dishes are served in “Small” or “Family” sized portions. The menu is exactly what you’d expect at an Italian restaurant, featuring various antipasto dishes, pasta dishes, and everything in between. The restaurant…

Cipollini – Manhasset

Cipollini is located as part of the luxurious Americana Manhasset shopping plaza, that has every store from Gucci to Tory Burch to Brooks Brothers. Cipollini has nice outdoor seating that is perfect on a summer’s day, and they tended to be very crowded on Father’s Day. The interior seating is also nice, and the whole…

Carbone – Greenwich Village

I’ve wanted to go to Carbone for a long time, especially after seeing Insta after Insta of its famous spicy rigatoni vodka pasta. There was only one problem — getting a reservation. Acquiring a reservation at Carbone requires some diligence and luck. They are usually booked for a week or two in advance, and their…

Giovanni’s Table – Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

Aside from the specialty steakhouse restaurant called Chops Grille on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas, there is an Italian restaurant. I overall ended up preferring the Italian restaurant more than the steakhouse, all fromΒ to the atmosphere, service, and food itself. We ended up coming back here twice. A disclaimer: A number of pictures from…

Uncle Bacala’s – Garden City Park

On a typical family night, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find us at Uncle Bacala’s. There’s a very comfortable, family-oriented, and yet classy feel to the restaurant. The table wear is typical Italian red and white cloth, and there are decorative lights all over inside and out. The outside patio in the back is…