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Suburban Eats expands in Melville

Real estate executive Ted Weiss and chef Ivan

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Suburban Eats, the popular Route 110 take-out deli and caterer, has linked with T. Weiss Realty Corp. to offer cafe-style restaurants in the real estate company's four office buildings in Melville.

The restaurants are open to the public. They're situated in the lobbies of 324 S. Service Rd. and 330 S. Service Rd. of the Long Island Expressway; 532 Broadhollow Rd., and 105 Maxess Rd.

These...

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Sushi and sashimi still star at Cirella's in Melville

Sushi and sashimi are among the recommended dishes

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Cirella's in Melville, which for many years stressed pastas and antipasti, pizzas and Parmigianas, continues its successful segue into sushi, too.

The Italian word for raw is "crudo." There's a separate menu for it. And the Italian restaurant has become one of the better sushi-sashimi stops along a stretch of Route 110 where the competition has intensified.

Try the sushi-and-sashimi...

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Nisen One Ten in Melville: First bites

Kobe beef sliders are an appetizer at Nisen

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The eagerly awaited Nisen One Ten has opened.

But ignited or detonated might be more accurate.

To judge by the first month, this has to be the most in-demand lunch spot in the full field that is Route 110. The joint almost pulsates midday with an overflow of customers. The decibel level rises to match.

It's the latest member of the Nisen group, which includes Nisen Sushi in Commack...

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Be-Ju in Melville: First bites

Steamed monkfish liver with sea urchin and ponzu

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The gem in Jewel is Be-Ju.

It's a superior sushi-sashimi-sake bar and dining room, in a corner of Jewel in Melville that used to be devoted to cigars and Cognac. The new restaurant-within-a-restaurant is as subtle as Jewel is buoyant.

Jewel is chef-restaurateur Tom Schaudel's glittery showcase. The chefs at Be-Ju include Shigeki Uchiyama, formerly of Thom Thom when Schaudel operated...

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Nisen coming to Melville; Barolo closed

Chefs at the Nisen sushi bar prepare a

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Nisen, the glittery and contemporary Japanese restaurants in Woodbury and Commack, will welcome a third location soon, at the site of  the closed Barolo in Melville.

Barolo opened about 15 years ago,  transforming what for approximately the same span had been Herrmann's Black Sheep, turning an old-fashioned continental into an Italian and sometimes New American spot.

Nisen...

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La Piazza in Melville: The rush to capellini cakes

The fried capellini cakes at La Piazza in

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Perusing the lunch menu today at La Piazza in Melville, I was immediately drawn to the capellini cakes ($11), described as “golden-fried pasta cakes, stuffed with green peas, Parma prosciutto, mozzarella, over pink sauce.”

How could those be bad? They sound like the fried capellini balls at King Umberto in Elmont, one of the tastiest morsels on Long Island. I ordered the appetizer as soon...

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Weekend picks: Oscars and edibles

Insignia Prime Steak and Sushi, located in Smithtown,

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Before you settle in with Seth Macfarlane for some Oscar fireworks, enjoy a meal at a restaurant that could have been nominated for art direction and set decoration, even special effects.

Insignia in Smithtown s a big, glittery place for excellent steaks and sharp sushi. The expensive, Vegas-style restaurant is sufficiently over-the-top for your own little Oscar party.

Nisen Woodbury...

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300 Long Island: Bowling alley cuisine

Suprise: there's a creditable Vietnamese summer roll at

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A lucky strike, finding a creditable Vietnamese summer roll one recent afternoon at - of all places - a Melville bowling center.

300 Long Island is part of a nine-venue group of such centers scattered nationwide, all under the AMF banner, all serving up the identical menu.

At lunch, a friend and I found the place fairly quiet. Seated at high tables, we began with the surprisingly bright...

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Jewel, Melville, celebrates North Fork vineyards' harvest

The new restaurant Jewel in Melville, seen on

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On Saturday night, Nov. 17, chefs Tom Schaudel and Michael Ross of Jewel in Melville will toast this year's North Fork grape harvest with a celebratory wine dinner.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. when chefs and winemakers will hold a meet and greet session. To drink: Sparkling Pointe's “Seduction“ 2001.

A six-course dinner follows at 8 p.m., commencing with a Satur Farms roasted cauliflower...

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Vincent's Clam Bar: Food truckin' in Melville

The new Vincent's Clam Bar food truck is

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Drivers headed northbound on Route 110 in Melville may be doing double takes as of today. That’s because Vincent’s Clam Bar of Carle Place --  the Long Island successor to the original Vincent’s of Little Italy  --  has parked a food truck just south of Costco, between Smith Street and Ruland Road. Last year, another such enterprise -- the Tandoori Truck -- occupied the same piece...

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