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NY Islanders Eye Possible Move Move to Elmont

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New York Islanders John Tavares shoots against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, May 11, 2013. (Photo by Joe Nuzzo)

By John Dundon

Some prominent sports executives are reportedly in talks with the New York Islanders’ owners about funding the construction of a new arena for the NHL team at Belmont Park in Elmont.

Potential investors include Sterling Project Development, Madison Square Garden Co. and private equity firm Oak View Group, Bloomberg reported Friday. Sterling is owned by the Wilpon family, who also own the NY Mets, while MSG is run by the Dolan family, who also own the NY Rangers and the NY Knicks. The news follows recent reports that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano met last fall with Islanders’ ownership to discuss the team returning to the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

“The public has been loud and clear that they do not want taxpayer dollars used to fund a sports team, and I believe the Islanders can return to their real home at the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum without taxpayer dollars,” said Mangano, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges in October. “While it’s certainly an interesting proposal for the Rangers to take ownership in the arena of an arch-rival, it would at least bring the Islanders back to Nassau County.”

The Islanders and Madison Square Garden Co. declined to comment. Sterling Project Development and Oak View Group did not respond to requests for comment.

National Hockey League rules permit the owner of a team to have a hand in another team’s arena, so long as that owner has no say in the day-to-day operations of the other team.

Reports surfaced last month that the Islanders appear to be preparing to leave the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they moved in 2015. Forrest City Ratner, whose subsidiary is renovating the coliseum and will operate it after it reopens in April, also owns the Barclays Center.

The renovations to the coliseum have cut the seating capacity to 13,000 for hockey games, which would be too small to house an NHL team by the league’s current standards. According to sources cited in Bloomberg’s original report on the Isles leaving Barclays Center, team ownership does not see a return to the Uniondale arena as feasible at this time.

Reports surfaced last year that the Isles were in talks with the Wilpon-backed Sterling Project Development in regards to building an arena on the Citi Fields grounds in Flushing. For now, attention seems to be focused on Belmont Park in Elmont. The property at Belmont is currently owned by the New York Racing Association and had been eyed for years as the potential home to a soccer stadium for the New York Cosmos.

One thing that Belmont has that the coliseum doesn’t: a Long Island Rail Road station. Yet the move to the Barclays Center already turned Isles fans’ game-time commutes from a relatively quick drive on the Meadowbrook State Parkway into an hour-long train ride, with a change at Jamaica station depending on the rail line, or a congested rush-hour drive into Brooklyn.

Although the move from Nassau to Brooklyn has made it considerably more difficult for LI-based Islanders fans to see their team play live, many of the team’s most loyal fans re-upped their season ticket plans when the team was bounced from Nassau.

A passionate fan base has done little to improve the Islanders ticket sales. The team currently ranks second to last in the NHL in average home attendance.

“I really just want the arena drama to be over and know where I’ll be able to watch home games for the next 25 years,” said Dan Hodgkiss, who’s had an Islanders season ticket subscription since 2011. “The Isles’ getting a new arena would fix that, so I’m all for it.”

Vanessa Carlton Is Coming to Bay Shore


Grammy-nominated artist Vanessa Carlton is making Bay Shore her local stop on her national tour as she plans to take the stage March 9th at YMCA Boulton Center. She’s already been selling out venues in New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago.

A lot has changed for Carlton since her hit song “A Thousand Miles” garnered her a Grammy nomination. She has moved from New York City to Nashville, married husband John McCauley (Deer Tick) and had a baby girl.

Her last album Liberman, which came out in 2015, was critically acclaimed for showcasing Carlton’s continuing musical evolution. Her wistful vocals, poignant lyrics and simple instrumentation bring you intimately into her world and highlight a new side to this accomplished songwriter.

Rolling Stone said that Carlton had “refined her voice as a songwriter” on Liberman, her fifth studio album, which was “turning heads” for good reason. The Boston Globe said her creation put her “in a better place, artistically.” Pitchfork agreed that the Liberman was “excellent on its own,” adding that her voice is the “key attraction on songs that register between low-key pop, rock and folk.” It noted that “a million years ago,” she had released “A Thousand Miles,” which was “the pop song that launched a generation of piano lessons.” Pitchfork applauded Liberman for being “raw, muted, refreshingly weird.”

As she put it, “the whole message of the album is expressing a lot of philosophies about my life, peace, pain and happiness over the past ten years. I wanted this record to not only be very personal to me, but an expression of these ideas.”

Carlton values the connection between the artist and the audience, even if it means the performer has to be at her most vulnerable on stage, because when it works, it’s worth it.

This tour supports Carlton’s latest album Earlier Things Live, which just dropped in February. It honors her previous artistic work and features a compelling collection of live versions of her fans’ favorites like “A Thousand Miles” and “White Houses.” There’s also a special duet with John McCauley on the Deer Tick song “In Our Time.”

Clearly, the time is right for Vanessa Carlton.

She is slated to appear March 9 at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org




Retired Gen. Colin Powell to Speak at LIU Post

Retired Gen. Colin Powell made news last year when he went across the political aisle and endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton over his party’s nominee, Donald Trump.

Now that the country is a month into the Trump administration—a month defined by a fusillade of executive orders, a large number of leaks and a combative relationship with the press—Powell’s conversation at LIU Post promises to be worthwhile.

The moderator for the evening will be former Rep. Steve Israel, a Democrat from Dix Hills who retired last year and is now chairman of the LIU Global Institute, which focuses on foreign policy.

Powell’s time in public service spans more than a half-century. He served for two years as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor and as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Later, George W. Bush appointed him as U.S. Secretary of State—a position that placed him in the middle of diplomatic efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Powell should be able to provide insight into America’s seemingly endless “War on Terror,” which the US is now fighting in at least seven countries. No doubt, there’s much more to discuss.

The event is slated for March 2 at 7:30 p.m. inside the concert hall at LIU Post’s Tilles Center. Single Ticket Prices: $55, $80, $110.

(Featured photo: Retired Gen. Colin Powell courtesy Department of Defense/Marvin Lynchard)

Andrew Dice Clay Returns for 3-Day Stint at The Paramount

Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay

By Russo Millien

Chain-smoking, foul-mouthed funnyman Andrew Dice Clay, the polarizing comic who’s broken sales records and sparked boycotts, is performing three consecutive nights of his stand-up act at The Paramount in Huntington this week.

Fans should brace themselves as “The Diceman” takes them on a wild ride of politically incorrect, vulgar humor with occasional crowd participation. But don’t worry, it’s all in good fun.

“Comedy is comedy,” he told Buzzfeed. “I just made a bigger-than-life comedic figure. I wanted to give people a comedic hero.” 

Clay’s act got him banned from MTV when he did his infamous adult nursery rhyme routine during the channel’s 1989 video music award ceremony. His sexist humor has sparked protest by women’s groups and in 1990, Nora Dunn of Saturday Night Live walked off the show when it was hosted by him.

The Brooklyn native tells his critics that his stand-up act is just that: an on-stage persona meant to make audiences laugh, not a reflection of how he lives his life. His bit was spawned from his improv and impersonation work before he launched his stand-up career.

He boasts being the first stand-up comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. His resume includes a long list of TV, radio and movie appearances, including his starring role in The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and recent memoir, The Filthy Truth.

He’s most recently been competing on My Kitchen Rules. But, considering he was the first contestant that Donald Trump fired from Celebrity Apprentice, fans should expect The Dice Man to make a few jokes about The Donald.

Andrew Dice Clay is scheduled to perform at The Paramount, which is located at 370 New York Ave. in Huntington. For more information, visit paramountny.com Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $99.50. The shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. March 1, 2 and 3.

10 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras on Long Island

Long Islanders celebrating Mardi Gras need not travel to New Orleans to join in Louisiana’s epic annual Fat Tuesday festivities because local Cajun-style restaurants and bars also host events marking the occasion.

Try as they may, few establishments on LI are bound to throw parties as lively or serve food as authentic as these Cajun joints that have menus featuring crawfish, alligator and of course, jambalaya.

This year, the party starts on Feb. 28, regardless of whether revelers plan on participating in the Christian observance of Lent that starts the following day.

Louisiana Joe’s Sandwich Shop
488 Merrick Rd., Oceanside. 516-442-9838. louisianajoes.com
Serving breakfast and lunch dishes both inspired by Cajun and Italian favorites, co-owners of Louisiana Joe’s Sandwich Shop Terri Hanna and Joseph LoSchiavo demonstrate their passion for the taste of New Orleans. They are known for exceptional Po’boy sandwiches (made on heros and filled with anything from corneal crusted fried shrimp to braised beef), gumbo omelet with andouille sausage, Cajun boudin (traditional smoked sausage with rice), and an incredible muffuletta (a nod to LoSchiavo’s Italian roots) which is a sandwich stuffed with cold cuts, cheese, and olive salad. And any of the exceptional sandwiches served comes with a free dessert or side on Mardi Gras.

R.S. Jones 
153 Merrick Ave., Merrick. 516-378-7177. rsjones.com
Voted the Best Soul/Southern food on Long Island for 2017, R.S. Jones is known for its gator-andouille-black bean chili, crawfish remoulade, warm cornbread, Mama Pajamas Pork (slow roasted with cabernet orlean gravy), sweet bourbon catfish, bananas foster, and of course, king cake. In honor of Mardi Gras, the restaurant is also hosting a party with live music, face painting and specials.

Blackbird’s Grill 
553 Old Montauk Hwy., Sayville. 631-563-4144. blackbirdsgrille.com
With French Quarter grade gumbo, jumbalaya aplenty and a homey atmosphere, Blackbird’s Grill is upping their normal game with a special Mardi Gras menu including shrimp n’ grits, buttermilk fried chicken, double cut pork chops with caramelized apples, and much more. This menu also includes specialty cocktails.

Big Daddy’s Restaurant
1 Park Ln., Massapequa. 516-799-8877. bigdaddysny.com
This place takes Fat Tuesday so seriously it holds a “Mardi Gras Madness Week” celebration featuring seven nights of live music and specials, culminating in a massive feast featuring a full buffet, music and costumes. With a welcoming feel, festive atmosphere and a large menu changing daily full of Cajun comfort food, Big Daddy’s is known as the go to place for a Cajun Creole Fix. Big Daddy’s offers a variety of Cajun specialties, from seafood dishes such as Motor Mouth Stuffed Shrimp and Jambalaya to Vieux Carre Pork and Waffles and BBQ Beef Po’Boy. Patrons be warned: This restaurant goes full-on Cajun with the spices.

The Bayou
2823 Jerusalem Ave., Bellmore. 516-785-9263. bayou4bigfun.com
The week-long Mardis Gras party continues with Cajun eats and live music at this lively eatery with great ambiance. A go-to for the right atmosphere to “get you in the Mardi-Gras mood,” this small and quirky restaurant serves strong drinks and has a lively bar scene, catering to a less child-oriented crowd. With creative food/drink presentation and an authentic feel, this is among the most festive places to celebrate.

Storyville American Table Restaurant
43 Green St., Huntington. 631-351-3446. storyvilleamericantable.com
Storyville is also hosting pre-“Mardi Gras Madness” celebrations culminating with a big celebration on the day itself. With an authentic and sophisticated feel, Storyville American Table Restaurant gives a true Louisiana experience. Committed to fresh food, this eatery boasts homemade pickles, authentic house sauces and house-ground meat for their burgers. This lively spot caters to all tastes with a large varied menu and is great for a night out. Dishes not to miss include the gumbo, beignets, catfish and mussels.

Treme Blues and Jazz Club
553 Main St., Islip. 631-277-2008. tremeislip.com
One of the few intimate upscale live music venues of its kind on LI, named for the French Quarter neighborhood where jazz was born, this Blues bar is normally open Thursday through Sunday—except for their epic annual Fat Tuesday party. Headlining this year’s show is the Gulf Coast-inspired Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band. Although the club is more known for their music than their food, specials on cocktails, Gumbo and Mardis Gras King Cake are among the mouthwatering items on their menu that includes small plates and desserts. There will be beads!

Biscuits and Barbeque
106 East 2nd St., Mineola. 516-493-9797. biscuitsandbarbecue.com
The weekend-long Mardis Gras festivities at this diner-style eatery consist of specials on Crawfish Pie, Alligator Ribs, Louisiana Smothered Shrimp, Gator Sausage and Mardis Gras King Cake, plus too many more to list here. A casual joint housed in a converted trailer, this neighborhood haunt is a cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a lively atmosphere. Dishes not to miss include the biscuits and gravy (but be warned, get this to share—it is huge), the brisket, the mac n cheese and the shrimp po’boy.

Mara’s Homemade
236 West Jericho Tpke., Syosset. 516-682-9200. marashomemade.com
Mara’s is a Cajun barbeque joint great for casual eats, with must-have dishes including the crawfish-stuffed baguette, lobster, gator bites (yes alligator!) and the andouille crusted tilapia. The owner herself often comes to check in on patrons, contributing to the hospitable atmosphere. Don’t forget to save room for their famous bluegrass pie, homemade beignets and fresh seasonal fruit pies as a delicious way to have an authentic Mardi Gras experience. Specials and beads are on tap for the big day!

Nawlins Seafood Co.
301 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. nawlinsseafood.com
So, this place won’t give the Nautical Mile a taste of The Big Easy until they reopen for this spring. But, their sister restaurant, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, will host a Mardis Gras party featuring samples of the Nawlins Seafood Co.’s menu, including gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, hurricanes and more. 

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

–Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events February 23 – March 1

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Legendary jazz fusion masters Spyro Gyra groove YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24! (Photo: Spyro Gyra official Facebook profile)

Legendary actor Joel Grey hosts a rare “big screen” presentation of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, the scintillatingly original musical drama about decadence in 1931 Berlin as the Weimar Republic was about to be swept away forever by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. The movie, which premiered in 1972, earned Grey an Oscar for his role as the leering, sneering Emcee of the seedy Kit Kat Club, where the vulnerable performer, Sally Bowles, was played by Liza Minnelli—Judy Garland’s daughter—who won an Oscar, too. The film, based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, earned eight Oscars in total. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $49-$59. 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

David Duchovny
The actor best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files is holding off on chasing TV aliens and strapping on a guitar as he takes his band on the road to promote his debut rock album, crash-landing on LI. David Duchovny did not play the six-string until his 50s, but the actor, writer and director had enough material to put together Hell or Highwater, his first album, which dropped in 2015. Duchovny, who blends country, folk and alternative rock, is expected to also unleash some new tracks of what has been sometimes described as “Dad Rock.” Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$150. 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

Steve Hackett
This guitarist for seminal prog rock band Genesis is playing all the band’s hits, including “The Musical Box,” “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” and “Supper’s Ready” as his world tour stops on Long Island. Aside from the classics, he’s also been performing some of the gems he had to sacrifice. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

This deathcore band takes its name from the old English word for executioner, a fitting exemplifier of their fiercely morbid style. With hits like “Lie to My Face,” “Drown Me in Blood” and “Slit Wrist Saviour,” Carnifex stands out for their savage live performances, aiming to give fans a true out of body “experience” that will never be forgotten. Warming up the crowd are Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, Lorna Shore, She Must Burn and The Machinist. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $18-$20. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

Triton Fights 1
New York’s two biggest promoters merge to create a competition pitting the best MMA athletes against each other for epic fights. The main events are Gotti vs. Wolter fighting for the Welterweight Title and Olcott vs. Larkin for the Featherweight Title, with other pairings being Puglia vs. Razuri, Della Rocca vs. Levi, Pierro vs. Picciano, Maldonado vs. NASR, and Quinones vs. Dugwen with more fights TBA. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $49.99-$999. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Howie Mandel
Known for his television hosting, his role on ER and his judgeship on America’s Got Talent, Howie Mandel takes his dynamic presence to a new level with his entertaining comedy, which he dials up depending on the audience. With adult-ears only humor, Mandel crafts a show based on audience interaction, keeping the crowd in stitches with his sardonic humor and his acerbic wit. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Spyro Gyra
American Jazz fusion legends Spyro Gyra will perform their R&B, funk and pop-infused jazz hits to a delighted audience. This prolific group, which has released over 30 albums that sold more than 10 million copies, is a blast on the road, thriving in their live performances. Will they perform their top hits, like “Shaker Song” and “Morning Dance”? Only one way to find out! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Marcia Ball and The Subdudes
These two New Orleans-based music acts get LI in the mood for Martis Gras! Ball is known for singing the blues while playing the piano. The Subdudes blend jazz, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. Bound to be one truly unforgettable night! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $49-$65. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

Unforgettable Fire & 42
These two tribute bands pay homage to a pair of the best current music acts from across the pond. Unforgettable Fire, named for U2’s fourth album, will play the best of the iconic Irish rock group. And 42, named for the popular Coldplay song of the same name, performs tunes by the British alt-rockers. Prepare to be wowed. Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$35. 8 p.m. Feb. 24.

De La Ghetto and Alex Sensation
Puerto Rican reggae singer/songwriter De La Ghetto known for hits like “Pegate!” “Siete El Boom” and “Tu y Yo” partners up with Colombian DJ Alex Sensation for a wild night. Both known for partying, dropping wild beats and infectious personalities, these two Latin artists and party animals lead crowds in a crazy night of fun. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $35. 10 p.m. Feb. 24.

Jim Florentine
Comedian and co-host of of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic, Florentine’s wicked jokes will make audience members roll with laughter. He’ll relate to your everyday problems with an angry twist as he tells his view on society. He holds no punches and isn’t afraid to tell it how it is. Be prepared to laugh at get dark with his humor. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com 8 p.m. Feb. 24; 8:30, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

Aaron Tveit
First known for TV appearances like Gabe in Next to Normal and Tripp Van der Bilt in Gossip Girl, this actor and singer eventually made a name for himself in the Broadway community with performances in Rent, the creation of Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can, Grease Live! and the film version of Les Miserables. Now back on TV with a role in BrainDead, Tveit brings his singing talents to live audiences with covers of rock songs and Broadway tunes. Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$65. 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Billy Mira and The Hitmen
A Vegas-style modern Americana big band (with a bit of edge), Billy Mira and the Hitmen perform hits by Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Queen and the Stray Cats between comedy bits and Billy’s celebrity impressions. The band brings rollicking fun and humor to any event, so this is bound to be an extraordinary gig of extraordinary songs and knee-slappin’ hilarity! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $20. 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Wonderous Stories – The Concert for Bangladesh Re-visited
In memory of George Harrison’s famous concert for Bangladesh in 1971 at Madison Square Garden, the band Wonderous Stories will perform the concert right on the late Beatles guitarist’s birthday. It’ll be night to remember, complete with the sitars and other Indian instruments. Money from the event will go toward The Cancer Society in memory of George Harrison. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $32-$47. 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Best Worst Things That Ever Could Have Happened
Acclaimed theater director Lonny Price’s acclaimed new documentary explores the creation of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and charts the journey of the original cast in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway in 1981. The original, much-ballyhooed production was panned by the critics and closed after just 16 performances, but went on to attain musical theater legendary status. Original cast members cast members Mana Allen and Paul Hyams discuss the film after the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder
Classic good ‘ole grassroots-country and blues is in the house whenever these Grammy winners step onstage. It’s the tenth year anniversary for the duo’s full-length: Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby LP, which featured covers of hits like Rick James “She’s a Super Freak.” They’ll be new tunes to love and old classics to enjoy for the night. Splintering fast tempos will be sure to have feet stomping and dance floors collapsing to this feel-good music. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $35-$65. 7:30 p.m. March 1.

Andrew Dice Clay
The controversial comic from Brooklyn who was once banned from MTV over his infamous “adult nursery rhymes” remains popular despite his critics. Who else can claim the title of the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row? Die-hard fans of “The Dice Man” recall his starring in the cult classic film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane or his autobiography The Filthy Truth. Come see why he’s still the self-proclaimed “Undisputed Heavy Weight King of Comedy.” Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. March 1-3.

Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Russo Millien, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Featured Photo: Legendary jazz fusion masters Spyro Gyra groove YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24! (Photo: Spyro Gyra official Facebook profile)

Sonic Drive-In Opens in Valley Stream

Sonic Drive-In Valley Stream Green Acres Mall

By Suzanne Monteverdi via QNS.com

Burgers, shakes and roller skates!

A new Sonic Drive-In location officially opened for business within the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream on Monday, Feb. 20.

Sonic Drive-In serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a selection of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and sides, as well as an assortment of milkshakes, frozen drinks and sodas. The fast-food chain is known for its 1950s drive-in style, which enables customers to order their meals from their cars and have it delivered by servers on roller skates.

The new Sonic is located within the shopping center at 2034 Sunrise Highway and will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The fast-food joint has one other location further east on Long Island in North Babylon, which opened up in 2011.

Green Acres Mall is home to more than 150 stores and restaurants, including Macy’s, Best Buy and Target. For more information about the location, call 516-561-1157.


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Long Island Vegetarian Restaurants Guide

Long Island Vegetarian Restaurants Guide

By Ali Magno

Vegetarians know eating a meat-free diet is anything but boring, though finding a restaurant that fits their dietary needs may be difficult. Luckily, vegetarian cuisine has come a long way, and many restaurants are now embracing their plant-based side.

Long Island is home to plenty of delicious vegetarian restaurants guaranteed to please both carnivores and herbivores alike. Below is a list-in-progress of some of the Vegetarian and Vegan restaurants on Long Island, including others that may serve meat but also feature substantial vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free menu options. It’s an incomplete roundup that we’ll be adding to all the time, so if you have a special place you’d like included to this guide, please write your suggestions in the comments section below.

Fresh, high-quality ingredients are not just healthy for you, they’re absolutely delicious, too! So grab a friend or family member (vegetarian or not) and head to these amazing Long Island Vegetarian Restaurants!

The Purple Elephant

81B W. Fort Salonga Rd., Northport. 631-651-5002.

Located on the water in Northport, The Purple Elephant prepares simple and delicious vegetarian cuisine in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Their extensive menu covers a large range of flavors, including Southern, but you’ll always find a flare of Costa Rican, Honduran, El Salvadorian and Mexican present. Largely vegetarian and vegan, this purple pachyderm also serves non-vegetarian food, so it’s a perfect place to bring friends and family who aren’t vegetarian (always gluten-free options available), yet.

The Purple Elephant also serves a wide range of Organic Wines, and is the only restaurant on Long Island to have locally brewed Kombucha on tap, along with Organic MomoKawa Sake!

Try This: Far Out Chili Fries: vegan chili with choice of melted vegan cheddar or white cheddar over crisp yucca!

The Witches Brew

311 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead. 516-489-9482.

It’s Halloween year-round at this quirky café. Located in Hempstead in a century-old home, unique and cozy mismatched furniture and spooky décor greet customers seeking warm vibes and caffeine. The Witches Brew serves up a wide range of coffees, teas, vegetarian (and vegan) food that is to die for, and out-of-this-world vegan desserts. Serving up an eclectic smorgasbord of food, from Mediterranean to Thai, you can get small bites like a hummus and pita, or go big and try their butternut squash gnocchi.

Whatever you get, you’ll be raving about it for weeks to come! Be sure to grab cash before you go; this is a cash-only establishment (but there is an ATM)! The Witches Brew is closed on Mondays, and open late during the week. It gets packed, especially on the weekends, so dress warm in case you’ve got to chill out a lil while outside until a table opens up!

Try This: Vegan Rainbow Cookie Cake—enough said!

Tula Kitchen

41 E. Main St., Bay Shore. 631-539-7183.

When Tula Kitchen’s chef/owner Jacqueline Sharlup discovered the Sanskrit word “tula”—which means “balance”—she knew she’d found the perfect name for her amazing restaurant. Tula Kitchen’s menu reflects balance, and is centered around vegetarian and vegan options (don’t worry meat eaters, there’s non-veg options as well!).

Tula Kitchen’s motto is “Live To Eat & Eat To Live,” and Sharlup has a simple approach to eating: using organic and natural ingredients whenever possible, your stomach will always be happy and healthy!

Try This: Lentil Mushroom Loaf: kale, onion, carrots, lentils, mushrooms, oats, side arugula & spinach salad, lemon vinaigrette!

3 Brothers Vegan Café

1038 Montauk Highway, Copiague. 631-464-4328.

If there’s one thing us New Yorkers love, it’s our Italian food. 3 Brothers Vegan Café doesn’t just have vegan options; it is an all-vegan café that serves up Italian classics. Enjoy delicious vegan twists on classic Italian appetizers, pastas, entrees, and wood-fire pizzas. Among these, enjoy “Oyster Mushroom ‘Calamari’”—crispy fried oyster mushrooms with tartare and marinara sauce—and “Eggplant Rollantini”—breaded eggplant rolled with tofu-cashew ricotta, topped with fresh cashew milk mozzarella and tomato sauce!

What really sets this fantastic eatery apart from others is their in-house vegan cheese program. 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe makes all of their cheeses, ranging from fresh cashew mozzarella to cashew tofu ricotta. Praise the Italian gods, for 3 Brothers Vegan Café is a vegan-Italian food lover’s dream!

Try This: Buffalo Cauliflower: buttermilk-fried cauliflower with buffalo sauce and homemade blue cheese!

Tiger Lily Café

156 E. Main St., Port Jefferson. 631-476-7080.

This funky alternative vegetarian eatery is decorated with art from local artists and specializes in bringing vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) food to the next level with original and innovative recipes. Enjoy delicious wraps with fresh juice from Tiger Lily Café’s full Juice Bar—serving soy smoothies, protein shakes, wheatgrass shots, and of course, fresh juices—or complement that scrumptious feast with something from their Java Bar, known for its Black & Tan, Mocha Blanca, Tahitian Vanilla Chai and Red Bull Chai! This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy delicious, healthy food!

Try This: The Lily Veggie Burger: warmed veggie burger with Lily’s Salsa Fresca, house white honey mustard, mesclun greens and sprouts on whole wheat or Ciabatta roll!

House of Dosas

416 S. Broadway, Hicksville. 516-938-7517.

If you enjoy the exotic flavors of Indian food, House of Dosas is the perfect vegetarian restaurant for you. This family oriented vegetarian restaurant opened in 1999 by current owner Jay Jeyasri serves up a variety of authentic cuisines from South India. House of Dosas prides itself on using only the freshest vegetables and authentic South Indian spices to ensure the best experience. At great prices, you can enjoy delicious authentic cuisine without breaking the bank (or your dietary restrictions!).

Try This: Spinach Masala Dosa: crepe topped with a special spinach mix, served with potato masala!


4 Bond St., Great Neck. 516-570-0915. / 24 Wall St., Huntington. 631-470-1924.

This family owned restaurant, juice bar and eco boutique strives to bring customers the freshest, healthiest and most delicious organic food, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. All of their dishes are made from scratch and incorporate recipes from around the world. With a rich and diverse menu and selection of freshly squeezed organic juices, there is something for everyone at Bee-Organic!

Besides the quality healthy eats, its eco-boutique offers a wide selection of organic skincare items, candles, scarves, crystals and so much more!

Try This: Buddha Bowl: choice of greens (baby mixed greens/spinach/arugula), carrot, red cabbage, sprouts, tomato, chickpeas, cucumber, avocado and raw walnuts! Yum!

Plant Wise

15 E. Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills. 631-486-9222.

This 100-percent plant-based vegan eatery is the perfect spot for a hungry vegetarian. Plant Wise creates meals that are nutritious and delicious to keep you healthy, with the stated mission “for everyone to consume at least one fully plant-based meal per day.” Founders Alex and Pam are serious about spreading the joy and positive health benefits of such a goal.

Stop by this extraordinary café-style eatery for “Custom Juices” and “Super Smoothies” or to chow down on one of their many salads or bowls!

Try This: Masala Bowl: Chickpea Masala, tomatoes with two baked falafels atop a bed of fresh spinach with choice of brown rice or quinoa!

Joni’s Kitchen

28 South Etna Ave., Ste. 9, Montauk. 631-668-3663.

In Montauk to hang out at the beautiful beaches? Joni’s Kitchen, a cute joint dishing out organic food that’s good for your body and soul, is a must-stop. Hungry customers can grab some take-out for the road, or, scoot onto a picnic table and enjoy the sun! Joni’s Kitchen channels the beach town vibe of Montauk through its seaside decor, and offers a medley of delicious options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free-ers, too!

Enjoy breakfast all day or lighter fare like salads, sandwiches, wraps, and of course juices, smoothies, and coffee galore. Joni’s Kitchen is the perfect spot to grab a quick and healthy bite to power you through your day under the sun.

Try This: Homemade Organic Flax-Coconut Waffles: with fresh fruit or banana, served with maple syrup and strawberry butter (yes, you heard that correctly)!

3 Brothers Pizza Cafe

75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale. 516-755-1100.

This versatile pizzeria serves up vegan and gluten-free meals, as well as traditional options for meat-lovers! If you’re looking to get a taste of (vegetarian) Italy, this is the spot for you. Vegan dishes range from delicious appetizers, pasta, entrees and pizzas to an entire special vegan brunch menu served on weekends!

Try This: Vegan Penne Alla Vodka: slathered in a vodka-infused tomato cashew cream sauce!

Sweet to Lick

78 Hillside Ave., Williston Park. 516-385-8833.

Looking to enjoy a sweet treat, tea, lunch, or some cake made for a special occasion? Sweet to Lick in Williston Park is a vegan bakery that serves up an array of delicious cupcakes, cookies, specialty cakes and more. Baked with no eggs, milk, butter, gelatin, honey or bone char sugar, everything is so delicious you won’t believe it’s vegan! Stop in to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Try This: Almond Oatmeal Cookie (oh-so good!) and Rocky Road Pie: chocolate shortbread crust with almond and marshmallow-speckled brownie tucked inside! Wow.

Rajbhog Café

351 S. Broadway, Hicksville. 516-513-0939.

Rajbhog Café is a 100-percent vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan choices as well. Dine in or take out at this authentic Indian restaurant offering the flavor and deliciousness of the Far East, right here on Long Island. Known for the best Chaats (snacks) on Long Island, it is the go-to destination for all Indian food lovers!

Try This: Chaats & Mumbai Snacks: Aloo Kathi Roll—grilled roti wrap with spicy potatoes, onions and cilantro, with tamarind and coriander sauces provided as needed!

Wild Side Organic Bistro and Bar

1551 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale. 631-791-1800.

This organic restaurant with unique décor serves up wholesome food for vegan and vegetarian foodies. With two owners—one a chef and the other a health coach—customers eat happily knowing that their food is not only delicious, but also “health coach approved.” The menu features flavors from around the world, and surely has something for everyone. Try their many vegetarian appetizers or wood-fired pizzas.

Besides the freshest quality ingredients, Wild Side Organic Bistro & Bar also add “care and love into the preparation.” Their passion for delicious healthy food surely shines through—you can taste it!

Try This: Cauliflower Balls: turmeric, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and sesame oil!

Maoz Vegetarian

Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City. 516-747-7576.

Finding high-quality vegetarian food while out on a shopping spree isn’t always easy—that is, unless you’re at Roosevelt Field Mall, home to Maoz Vegetarian! Located in the mall’s “Dining District,” Maoz offers delicious, fresh, authentic, and of course, vegetarian falafels and salads galore. This fast-service restaurant is a great place for a vegetarian to stop for a healthy bite and continue shop-shop-shopping!

Try This: Maoz Falafel Sandwich: freshly baked white or whole wheat pita pocket filled to the brim with steaming hot falafel balls, topped with choice of salads and sauces from its famous salad bar!

Hunan Cottage

135 Central Park Rd., Plainview. 516-349-0390.
Finding great Chinese food as a vegetarian can be difficult, as most of the dishes usually contain meat in them. Hunan Cottage is the perfect place for a hungry vegetarian to get some authentic Chinese food! This extraordinary restaurant offers an entire vegetarian section full of vegetarian dishes with vegetarian pork, chicken and beef—using 100-percent soybean protein as its main ingredients.

Try This: General Tso’s “Chicken”: chunks of chicken dipped in special batter sautéed in traditional Hunan sauce, a “superb chef’s masterpiece”!

Ephesus Mediterranean & Turkish Cuisine

514 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park. 516-543-4258.

Ephesus offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine and offers a ton of vegetarian options. Enjoy traditional Turkish food with a variety of vegetarian appetizers and entrees, from Stuffed Grape Leaves and Lentil Soup to Babagannus and Mausakka, and much more. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to leave with a happy belly!

Try This: Mausakka: baked sliced eggplant, potatoes, carrot, squash and onion with Romano sauce and mozzarella cheese!

Bob’s Natural Foods

104 W. Park Ave., Long Beach. 516-889-8955.

Bob’s Natural Foods in Long Beach has been serving up high-quality, delicious healthy food for more than 40 years! Friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere makes the perfect setting for some delicious smoothies, juices, wraps, salads and daily specials. Have a question about a particular menu item or seeking health advice? Just ask—Bob’s team is always glad to help!

Try This: Hummus & Avocado Wrap: whole wheat or gluten-free, you can even add mesclun greens, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts and dressing!


66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton. 631-329-5377.

Babette’s in East Hampton is an eclectic restaurant serving up an array of flavors from around the world. With a focus on clean food and sustainability, it offers a ton of vegetarian options, while also supporting local farmers. Whether stopping in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are always plenty of vegetarian dishes on this menu!

Try This: Local Vegetable Tagine: harissa, curried carrot couscous, almonds and preserved meyer lemon yogurt!

SAAZ Indian Cuisine

1746 County Rd. 39, Southampton. 631-259-2222.

SAAZ in Southampton serves authentic Indian cuisine made with fresh, healthy ingredients. With the help of an incredibly friendly staff, SAAZ offers a smorgasbord of vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) options, and is well-known for their “symphony of spices” modern interpretations of classic dishes. Stop in for delicious and satisfying vegetarian Indian food!

Try This: Baingan Bhurta: baked and mashed eggplant cooked with onions and tomatoes!

Rustic Root

7927 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. 516-364-5041.

Featuring an eclectic menu replete with extraordinary dishes from Executive Chef Thomas Gloster aka “Chef Tom,” a Food Network Chopped Champion, Rustic Root specializes in high-quality, delicious “Snacks & Shareables,” salads, sides, desserts and “Mains,” prepared with “local ingredients, simple ideas, honest food, bold flavors.” Rustic Root offers daily specials, Saturday and Sunday Brunch, and plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Try This: Quinoa “Steak”—with celery root puree, spinach and sherry reduction!

Don’t see your favorite Long Island Vegetarian Restaurant on this list? Know of several others? Please let us know in the comment section below and we’ll add them in!

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‘X-Files’ Actor David Duchovny Rocks The Paramount

David Duchovny
David Duchovny

By Ellie Schoeffel

The actor best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files is holding off on chasing TV aliens and strapping on a guitar as he takes his band on the road to promote his debut rock album, crash-landing at The Paramount in Huntington on Thursday, Feb. 23.

David Duchovny did not play the six-string until his 50s, but the actor, writer and director had enough material to put together Hell or Highwater, his first album, which dropped in 2015. Duchovny, who blends country, folk and alternative rock, is expected to also unleash some new tracks of what has been sometimes described as “Dad Rock.”

“I think [writing lyrics] is very different from acting,” he told Flavorwire. “Mostly because I’m saying my own words, and it’s my own music, and it’s me—not me filtered through whatever role I’m doing. It feels a lot more vulnerable…you either like it or you don’t, but I didn’t try to make it any different to try and make you like it.”

The two-time Golden Globe winner said he was influenced by artists INCLUDINGe Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, the Flaming Lips and R.E.M. After the release of his debut novel Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale, Duchovny made his musical debut, making ’15 a year of firsts for him.

Duchovny knows that people come for Mulder, but hopefully leave seeing a different side of him: the real person, not a carefully prepared character.

In the wake of this new music venture, fans are eager to see what Duchovny can do outside of the sphere they already know him, and with only a sprinkling of music out so far, his new musical renaissance is only just beginning.

David Duchovny and his band will be performing at the Paramount Theater, 370 New York Ave., in Huntington. For more information, visit paramountny.com. Ticket prices range from $19-$150. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

Saving The Planet Is Not A Luxury—It’s An Urgency

Planet Earth
Planet Earth

By Dan Kriesberg

In the 1980s, two of the most serious environmental problems were the hole in the ozone layer and acid rain. As the gap in the ozone layer of the atmosphere grew bigger, increased levels of the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun would reach the surface of the planet. Increased UV light leads to increases in skin cancer in humans and other health risks. Acid rain was killing trees in the Northeast and causing lakes to become so acidic that freshwater fish could not survive.

We don’t hear so much about these two problems because their threat has greatly diminished due to bipartisan legislation. In 1989 the Montreal Protocols went into effect. This international treaty was negotiated by President Ronald Reagan and banned the ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons. In the ensuing years the hole has been closing, although in 2015 its 10.9 million square mile size was still bigger than Russia and Canada combined. The Clean Air Act first signed into law in 1972 by President Nixon and revised in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush decreased levels of six common air pollutants by 69 percent. The legislation that eased these threats are lifesavers and money savers. Lawmakers were able to work together for the common good.

There is a concept in economics called ecosystem services. It means the accounting of the economic value that the natural world provides for us. The ozone layer protects us from high levels of UV light. If we destroy the ozone layer, the expense of that protection will fall on us. Imagine the cost in health care alone. The forests that would be killed by acid rain provide us with flood control, increased water quality and act as a sink to absorb excess carbon. Without the forests we would have to pay for those vital services.

There are no free lunches. Everything is connected. What we do matters. Laws and regulations that protect the environment are not just there for pretty flowers and cute animals. They protect us and save us money in the short and long run.

Our elected officials need to know that environmental protection is not a luxury. The health threats are real. Solving the problems requires a long-range view into the future as well as creative thinking.

When we had an administration with an environmental conscience, it was easy to be complacent. Trust them and let them do their job. We no longer have that luxury. We must speak up and act out. Write letters, make phone calls, visit offices, join organizations, take walks in the woods, donate money, talk to friends, learn about the issues and involve your children. Our government needs to know that environmental protection matters on the local, state, national and international levels.

Here is a list of organizations on Long Island working for a better environment from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Join some today. http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/995.html

Dan Kriesberg teaches science at Friends Academy in Locust Valley. He is the author of A Sense of Place: Teaching Children about the Environment with Picture Books and Think Green: Books and Activities for Kids. He lives on Long Island with his wife, Karen, and two sons, Zack and Scott. He will be writing occasional columns on environmental issues for the Long Island Press. Whenever possible Dan spends his time in wild places backpacking, hiking and hanging out.