ISTAN STATEN, NY – Every day through social media, email and otherwise, a variety of food and restaurant questions filter over the cordon. You ask. We answer. Here are the highlights of the past week based on reader reach.
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Q: Advance mentioned a new place for seafood. Can you tell me where it is? My groom is doing a roasting of clams with different fish. Its common market has no variety, so we are looking.
Answer: You may be thinking of Beyond the Sea, a seafood market that sells both fresh and cooked fish. The market is located at 84 Canal St., Stapleton; 347-466-4555, Beyondtheseafood.com. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Common selections found in the frozen showcase include bladders, porgies, red shoes, candy, tilapia, salmon, bass and grabbers. Frozen shellfish are also on sale.
For your convenience, market workers will evaporate and fry your choices. You can also order from a menu that presents food to go. The fish is roasted and fried in groups to order throughout the day. Combinations include fries and onion rings.
To order one of the cooked meals: first, choose your protein – fillets, crab, mussels, shrimp or whole fish. Then, choose your vegetables – okra, jalapenos, green peppers, carrots, red potatoes, cauliflower, corn, spinach, broccoli, coconut, cabbage or onions. Finally, list your spices – plain, Old Bay, butter, lemon pepper, Cajun, garlic or butter.
Another fairly new place for seafood to see is the Octopus Garden, which was moved from Gravesend to Elm Park a few years ago. He sells whole fish and – surprisingly – abundant quantities of octopus in various sizes that can be tendered back to the market kitchen. The store is located at 15 Newark Ave., 718-946-1100. Hours are 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Question: When is the Asian market opening?
A: The shopping area in which it is located – Roman Plaza on Avenue Avenue between Northfield and South Avenies – is almost complete, as mentioned in previous Advance articles on the subject. The supermarket should be open by August. It will be similar in installation to his former home in Travis where he lived for several years. This previous operation had a seafood department with whole live fish and a casual restaurant. The new, modern location will be the anchor for Roman Plaza, which also has a nearby restaurant Popeye, Burger King, Taco Bell and hibachi-sushi.
Fun fact: The grand opening of Asian-owned supermarkets is usually marked by a lion dance.
Question: Is Enoteca Maria reopening?
A: Owner Jody Scaravella says yes and very soon. He detailed, “We are in update mode, planning at the end of July, but we are at the mercy of the contractors’ plan. In the meantime we will build outdoor seats for our clients.” Construction is supposed to start this week.
Q: What is Masseria DeLuca and will it sell pizza?
A: Rob DeLuca will unveil his concept of the Italian DeLuca North Coast Restaurant at 616 Forest Avenue in West Brighton sometime in September. But forget the name “masseria” which is Italian for “farmhouse”. DeLuca said so many people were referring to the new site simply as “DeLuca’s” or “DeLuca’s on Forest” so much so that DeLuca just threw the first word out of the concept. It will now be called the DeLuca Trattoria.
As for pizza, there will be many coming from the former Project Brunch kitchens in the Forest. Sold from the entire pie, the pizzas will be available for pick up and delivery. These will be of the Neapolitan wood variety.
“It will be a thin crust pizza with delicious toppings like ‘La Diana’ with mozzarella, gorgonzola, honey, truffles and fresh arugula,” DeLuca said. It will also feature home-made pastries and delicious Italian dishes similar to those at the Tottenville location. There will be a private room for outdoor parties and dinners in a structure that extends into a parking lot.
Fun fact: address 616 contains the number associated with angels. DeLuca says his grandmother is his guardian angel and it is a coincidence.
Question: The organizer of a weekly business morning meeting said: “We are still not getting people to show up for meetings because it is really inappropriate. It is simply not easy due to parking. What places have reopened for these types of gatherings?
A: Dinner at Kings Arms – 500 Forest Ave., West Brighton; 718-448-0326 – and Annadale Terrace – 801 Annadale Rd., Annadale; 718-967-5900, AnnadaleTerrace.com – are running with full inclination and have been welcoming morning regulars for a while now. They have ideal private areas for meetings. Breakfast service returned to Lorenzo at the Hilton Garden Inn – 1100 South Ave., 718-477-2400 Ext. 4 – since July 1. Also in Bloomfield: The shared cafe at Teleport is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. The social enterprise food sees 100% of its profits donated to charity.
Hilton Fun Fact: Sunday Friday in Lorenzo has resumed. There are two seats – noon and 2 pm – plus live piano music.