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Tao's Delicacies in Selden: a taste

Chonqing chicken at Tao's Delicacies in Selden, June

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It was with eager anticipation that I headed out to Tao’s Delicacies, a small Chinese restaurant in Selden featuring authentic Beijing, Sichuan and Hunan cooking. The place, which serves only Halal meat, is geared to serving the Stony Brook University community. It's also under the same ownership as the new Tao’s Bakery & Dim Sum in Stony Brook, whose dumplings recently delighted my colleague....

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Long Island restaurants: new reviews

A vegan trio of oyster mushroom "calamari," fried

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Living a vegan lifestyle? Critic Joan Reminick is sending followers this week to 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Farmingdale, where Jay Astafa is featuring dairy-free cheese substitutes and soy-based products instead of meat. Reminick says that a vegan bacon cheeseburger “turns out to be highly satisfying.’’

Tucked into the Fox Hollow inn and catering facility in Woodbury is Volpe, an Italian ristorante...

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Chip’n Dipped in Huntington debuts cookie mash-up

The sandwich-cookie-within-a-chocolate-chip cookie is a new item at

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It’s been a little over a year since the invention of the doughnut-shaped fried croissant dubbed Cronut by Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo. Since then, bakers have been falling over themselves mashing up doughnuts, croissants and whatever other pastries seem to be lying about. (A tasty recent local entry: the Crannoli at Sweet Surrender Bake House in Levittown.)

But no one has been paying much...

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World Cup deals at Revel in Garden City

Revel in Garden City will be serving desserts

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When the FIFA World Cup 2014 starts on June 12, Revel in Garden City will join in by offering discounts on its bar bites menu and cocktail list.

The 15 percent trim will be in effect during all games, which will be shown on Revel's 10-foot screen situated behind the bar.

Specialty cocktails, repesenting the playing teams, will be $5.

Food choices include sheep's milk ricotta crostini...

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Goldmine Mexican Grill: Transplanted, unchanged

Chicken stew comes with rice, beans, tortillas and

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After relocating from its longtime Greenlawn address to new quarters a couple of miles south, the new Dave’s Goldmine Mexican Grill remains essentially what it’s always been — a standby for fresh and flavorful Tex-Mex fare. The place, situated in a little strip mall, now has a rear parking lot. Inside, the place looks brighter and newer, although not all that different from its predecessor. There's...

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Marvel in Lido Beach changes hands, nothing else

School lets out and Marvel Frozen Dairy in

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Marvel, Lido Beach’s iconic ice cream stand, reopened for the season in February with new owners. Last November, the Fragioudakis family bought the place from Arthur Katsafouros. (Katsafouros, Marvel’s second owner, purchased it in 1986 from the Papageorge family who opened it in 1951.)

I stopped by recently to see if anything but ownership had changed.

Nope. Not a thing. Heading west...

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World Cup kick off at Plattduetsche in Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4,

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It will be caipirinhas vs. brews at The Beer Hall at the Plattduetsche Biergarten when the FIFA World Cup 2014 matches begin on Thursday.

The Franklin Square restaurant will offer food platters and drinks inspired by the competing countries. The Beer Hall will be open for every game. The first pits host Brazil against Croatia at 4 p.m.

Expect a crowd on June 26, when it's the United...

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Open: East Quogue Eatery

East Quogue Eatery serves breakfast and lunch as

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New to East Quogue is the descriptively named East Quogue Eatery, which offers breakfast and lunch as well as coffee drinks and ice cream.

It’s co-cheffed by pals Adam Feirstein and Joe Milidantri, who met at culinary school in Syosset. Before that, both had been in the corporate world, Feirstein in human resources and Milidantri in graphic design and printing.

The place, which used...

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Open in Lynbrook: Brook 23 Bar & Kitchen

Brook 23 Bar and Kitchen is Lynbrook's newest

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Lynbrook’s newest gastropub is Brook 23 Bar & Kitchen, which takes over the space vacated by the short-lived Village Square.

Chef-co-owner Richard Soriano has helmed the kitchens at Cedar Creek American Bar & Grill in Glen Cove, Cipollini Trattoria in Manhasset and Nonnino in East Islip. “What we did here was create an atmosphere with an old-school American feel,” Soriano said, adding...

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Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton: First bites

Sunset at the Harbor Marina contributes to the

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Many restaurants have seen their last sunsets at the Harbor Marina. At least they've been very pretty finales.

This season's resident is Bay Kitchen Bar and its appeal goes well beyond the site looking onto Three Mile Harbor. Chef Eric Miller, who last year manned the kitchen at now-gone Madison & Main in Sag Harbor, brightens up dining out, too.

His warm-weather fare takes in a...

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