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Chichimecas owner talks Mayan apocalypse and Mexican brunch

Alejandro Gonzalez, chef and owner of Chichimecas in

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Intrigued by the apocalyptic predictions of the Mayan calendar, I put in a call to chef-restaurateur-philospher Alejandro González. González and his wife Maria own three Long Island Mexican restaurants, Oaxaca and Quetzalcoatl in Huntington and Chichimecas in Farmingdale.

Our conversation was very long. In the end, I think I may have grasped some of what he told me, if only on the most rudimentary...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Tuna 4 Ways, chopped tuna served on spoons

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What is special at Kushi Japanese Fusion restaurant in Nesconset, says Joan Reminick, is the sushi, the rolls and the mixed seafood yaki udon. Plus, the warm and welcoming service. She gives the restaurant two and a half stars.

Peter M. Gianotti says that veteran eatery Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington ranks among the top five or six places to dine in town. He cites Chef Tito Onofre's saute...

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La Hacienda del Rio, Huntington Station: Lively Latin flavors

These are the tacos - chicken, steak and

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

A colorful new facade drew me to La Hacienda del Rio, an El Salvadoran restaurant that, until now, had blended unobtrusively into the Huntington Station streetscape.

Inside was a cavernous dining room — some walls in need of a paint job. On one side was a bar area framed by a charming archway of artificial trees. On the other side of the room was the entrance to a bustling takeout shop.

Table...

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La Notte Ristorante opens in Huntington

La Notte is new to the Huntington restaurant

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

Tonight, La Notte Ristorante makes its debut in the bi-level space that last housed Bel Posto and, before that, Mangiamo, Tello and Orlando’s.

The new dining spot is owned by Joseph Competiello, who grew up working at his father’s Forest Hills Italian restaurant. Chef Joseph A. Cacace cooked at such Manhattan restaurants as Mesa Grill, Gramercy Tavern, Mercer Kitchen and The Boathouse. On...

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Japanese food the night before T-day

The sushi bar at Daisho sends out impeccably

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On the night before Thanksgiving, eating out on the light side is a great way to give family cooks a reprieve. And who wants to overindulge on heavy food in advance of the big meal?

A Japanese restaurant seems an ideal pick. The food is nothing remotely like what will follow on Thursday night, plus it’s a cuisine that's relatively virtuous when it comes to fat and calories.

Here are...

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HONU in Huntington: Fall wine dinner

How safe is that restaurant food?

The sushi bar at Daisho sends out impeccably

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As Long Island restaurants come back to life, diners want to be certain that the food they’re being served is wholesome and fresh. County health departments are doing all they can to ensure just that.

Grace McGovern, a spokesman for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, said that the department had 30 inspectors in the field, “working from dawn to dusk since Tuesday,” and visiting...

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Huntington: A sushi-ful town

Signature sushi rolls are creatively plated at Kashi,

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Go for a walk through Huntington village and you just about trip over sushi spots. The town is swimming in raw fish.

Here’s the way the count stands right now: Ichiz, Kashi, Osaka, Tomo, Black Lantern, Hikudo, Daisho of Japan and — on the outskirts — KuraBarn and Ting. That makes for a running total of nine.

What's your favorite?

Above: Sushi at Kashi in Huntington...

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Legal Sea Foods in Huntington Station: The people's choice

Macadamia-coconut crusted mahi-mahi at Legal Sea Foods. (Oct.

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Are you still undecided about who should be president?

Such a choice requires a clear head and a strong stomach. So, today to Nov. 5, Legal Sea Foods offers blue-plate and red-plate specials pegged to the presidential election.

The restaurant's "Blue Plate Special" is macadamia-coconut crusted mahi mahi, reflecting President Barack Obama's home state, Hawaii. On the side: roasted...

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Ting opens in Huntington

Alex Neoh is executive chef at the new

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The newest Ting in Huntington turns out to be another Asian Fusion restaurant. Open barely a week, this one makes its home in the lavishly decorated space that previously housed Legacy Asian Fusion and, before that, Dao and, for a number of  years, Empire Szechuan Gourmet.

Executive sushi chef Jacky Zheng, who rolled raw fish at Dao, returns to his reincarnated digs with a repertoire...

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