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Quesadilla Cubana, lobster bisque, pozole, tacos, chocolate flan,

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick rediscovers Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine in Nesconset which, after 10 years, has reasserted itself with creative, vibrant food. The menu draws from Mexican, Cuban, Central and South American influences and, says co-owner Maria Mones, “we’re always looking for new recipes.”

Peter Gianotti visits two wine bars. Bin 56, under new management in Huntington,...

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3 Brothers Pizza Cafe: New and vegan in Farmingdale

Jay Astafa and his award winning vegan pizza

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Vegans on Long Island may recall Jay Astafa, whose vegan pizza was named best in the nation by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) back in 2011. Astafa and his dad, Andy, who owned the 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Rockville Centre, have since sold their original restaurant (whose new owners have kept the name, menu and recipes) and, today, launch their 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale....

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3 Brothers Pizza Cafe: Vegan and new in Farmingdale

Jay Astafa and his award winning vegan pizza

(Credit: 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe)

Vegans on Long Island may recall Jay Astafa, whose vegan pizza was named best in the nation by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) back in 2011. Astafa and his dad, Andy, who owned the 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Rockville Centre, have since sold their original restaurant (its owners have kept the name, menu and recipes) and, today, launch the new 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale....

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Weekend picks: Lose an hour, gain a memory

Southampton Publick House is located at 40 Bowden

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Daylight saving time claims an hour on Sunday. So, where would you go in search of lost time? Here are three restaurants that recapture the past -- and enjoy the present, too.

La Marmite in Williston Park is among the last continentals. Very good service, handsome appointments, and dishes such as onion soup gratinee, duck a l'orange with wild rice, calf's liver with bacon and onions, and a...

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Taco Bell launches Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos Locos

Taco Bell has introduced the Cool Ranch Doritos

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I’ll say this for Taco Bell’s new Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos Locos: The salty, artificial-tasting shell has the virtue of making the filling taste comparatively fresh and clean.

The new creation, which launched nationwide Thursday, is essentially a regular Taco Bell crunchy taco except that the shell is one enormous, U-shaped Cool Ranch Dorito chip. Taco Bell’s first joint venture with Doritos,...

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Stormy weather, sunny food

Perfecto Mundo, Commack

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Midway through this nor'easter slopfest, my mind is going south. So, my appetite might as well join in. After all, how much more footage of snow plows can you take?

Here are three ways to get around the forecast.

Perfecto Mundo in Commack should reel you in with roasted corn-and-lobster chowder, the coriander-crusted pork tenderloin with spicy coconut broth, and the seafood paella.

Paella...

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Premier Diner in Commack: A sandwich by any other name

At Premier Diner in Commack, a Cuban sandwich

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

I stopped for lunch at Premier Diner in Commack, one of the spiffiest, gleamingest, bustlingest on Long Island. I always find it immensely relaxing to sit at a diner counter watching the servers on their appointed rounds. So contented was I that I didn’t even get annoyed at my lunch, which the menu called a Cuban sandwich panini.

First, it didn’t bother me that they were using the plural “panini”...

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Dinner at The Republic in Farmingdale

At The Republic pub in Farmingdale, the menu

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

Sometimes all you want is a burger and a beer. Both were on tap last night at The Republic pub in downtown Farmingdale. A board behind the bar listed 19 beers on tap. I asked the bartender for a wheat beer; he suggested Long Trail Belgian White. My pal went with the Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA. We were both very happy.

Pretty much everything pleased me at The Republic. From a roster of...

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Nameless at Starbucks

Starbucks of Huntington Village. (Nov. 23, 2012)

I am in a silent war against a giant, fighting desperately to maintain the last vestiges of my privacy. I am bound to lose this one.

Goes like this: Every morning, as has been my routine since Starbucks first opened on Long Island in 1994, I stop at one of 5 or 6 shops that are on my way to work. Like most of you, I always order the same thing. For me, it’s a tall, nonfat, no-foam latte. I...

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Aozora in Jericho expands - and contracts

Aozora succeeded Genji in Jericho. Pictured here, Aozora

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Aozora. the heir to Genji in Jericho, recently added to its mainly Japanese repertoire. The result, however, underscores that less indeed is more.

While the sushi and sashimi remain reliable and the hibachi productions popular, a foray into Korean bibimbap is a dry travesty. Thai red curry seems an afterthought, too. Spicy blue crab salad: neither spicy nor crabby.

The other notable...

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