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3 La Bottega eateries break from franchise

The former La Bottega in Huntington is now

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Three of Long Island's 17 La Bottega franchises have gone independent, each changing its name but keeping most of the grill-pressed sandwiches and salads from before. On the menu, some dishes have also had name changes.

In Huntington, the former La Bottega is now called New York Panini. Owner Joe Quirke said what used to be called the Susan salad, made with breaded chicken cutlets, hot peppers...

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Toast and Co. in Huntington launches "brinner"

Toast and Co. in Huntington is now serving

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Brinner is now being served at Toast and Co. in Huntington.

In case you're unfamiliar with the term, it means breakfast for dinner. The unconventional meal is being offered from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday by chef Darren Calica who, a couple of years back, did a brief dinner stint at this casual breakfast and lunch spot.

On Calica’s new menu are omelet “stuffers,” thin crepe-like...

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Doppio Artisan Bistro debuts in Huntington

This is the new Doppio Artisan Bistro in

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New to Huntington is Doppio Artisan Bistro, the Long Island branch of a Greenwich, Connecticut pizzeria-gelateria-trattoria. Executive chef Louis Barresi, who co-owns both restaurants with his brother, Joseph, launched the Huntington place with a third partner,Thomas Pescuma, who recently moved to the area.

Barresi said he learned to make pizza in Italy from a bread maker cousin in Altamura,...

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Vegan pop-up at Huntington Station market

Vegan "pulled pork" sandwiches at Heirloom Vegan Eatery

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Only four more weeks for the indoor G&G Huntington winter farmers market. This Sunday, Heirloom Vegan Eatery from Williamsburg, Brooklyn will be serving a selection of their entirely meat-free specialties, among them vegan gyros and souvlaki, pulled “pork” sandwiches, kale chips and Tater Tots. Sandwiches are $8, sides are $3, combos for $10.

Also on the docket: Imperial Empanadas, a maple...

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Sapsuckers in Huntington: Breaking the spell

The dining room at Sapsuckers Hops and Grub

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There’s this friend of mine with whom I have the worst restaurant luck. North Shore or South Shore, Suffolk or Nassau, Italian or Japanese — we never seem to have a good meal. Last night I took her to Sapsuckers in Huntington, and I’m happy to report that the spell — or at least the streak — is broken.

Sapsuckers Hops & Grub is what I call a going concern. Not only is it crowded (almost...

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Bin 56 in Huntington: Wine and cheese pairing

Cozy details, lounge seating and a communal high-top

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Two Huntington establishments, Bin 56 wine bar and Ideal Cheese shop, are pairing up for a wine-cheese pairing that goes far beyond California chardonnay and mass-produced Brie. On Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m., Bin 56, which specializes in unusual wines from unexpected locales, will host the event.

Shinn Estate “Haven” 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion (North Fork, Long Island) Bucheron — France...

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Vitae in Huntington: Italian wine dinner

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Italian wines highlight a tasting dinner next Tuesday at Vitae in Huntington

The April 9 event starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $70 per person, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required.

Wine consultant Maureen Sossi, of Empire Wines, will be the guest speaker.

Chef Steven Del Lima's four-course dinner includes scallop escabeche with preserved lemon, cilantro-peach relish and salted lemon...

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Live Island Cafe, Huntington: Closed

Live Island Cafe, Huntington

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Live Island Cafe, which specialized in raw foods, has closed. The little Huntington takeout, secreted away in a small strip mall outside of the village, served the raw vegan cuisine of chef-owner Okima Wilcox-Hitt.

What I really liked there was a salad made with beet greens, collard greens, rainbow chard, baby Heirloom tomatoes, kale and asparagus. A faux tuna salad was interesting, but it...

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Walt Whitman Shops to get 3 new restaurants

Mongolian beef at P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

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Coming to Walt Whitman Shops later this year are three new eateries: P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Brio Tuscan Grille and Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar.

P.F. Chang’s, which serves a corporate version of Chinese cuisine, has a branch in Westbury, so it’s already a known quantity to most Long Islanders. Zinburger, a casual full-serve restaurant featuring imaginatively composed burgers with wine...

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Gimme 2 in Huntington Station: Closed

Gimme 2 Sandwiches and Salads, Huntington Station

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Gimme 2 Sandwiches & Salads, located across from Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, has closed. The little building previously housed Greek Captain and, before that, Starbucks.

While Gimme 2 was small and modest in appearance, its sandwiches — most memorably the Cuban and the Reuben  — delivered a lot of flavor for very little money....

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