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La Notte Ristorante opens in Huntington

La Notte is new to the Huntington restaurant

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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

The opulent interior of Honu Kitchen & Cocktails

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One way to get through the miseries of these weeks is with a good meal plus wine to match.

And HONU Kitchen and Cocktails in Huntington hosts an appetizing fall-harvest dinner on Wednesday.

The four-course meal will feature wines from the Constellation portfolio, which includes Ravenswood, Clos du Bois, Hogue and Ruffino.

Chef Robert Flaherty's menu includes golden beet and arugula...

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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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Spirited "day of the dead" at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito is a Mexican restaurant in Huntington and

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Diners at Besito in Huntington and Roslyn will find some lively additions to the menu to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

The two restaurants will feature the dishes on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. They also will have keepsake cards about the Mexican holiday and chocolates in flavors such as vanilla-caramel, tamarind, and passion fruit, from chocolatier Casa de Chocolates.

In Huntington, specials...

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Daisho, Huntington: First bites

This is the new Daisho in Huntington. (Sept,

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It was hard to believe that a small wooden skewer of grilled meat could deliver so much flavor. In fact, the pork yakitori at the new Daisho of Japan in Huntington looked kind of shriveled and brown. One bite, though, unleashed such a moist and spicy burst that I found myself taken aback.  At $1.75, that skewer — which held three pieces of meat — had to be one of the town’s top bargains.

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Porto Vivo hosts Post Wines for Italian tasting in Huntington

Porto Vivo is an Italian restaurant in Huntington.

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A major tasting of Italian wines is slated for Oct. 2 at Porto Vivo in Huntington. The tasting, co-sponsored by Post Wines & Spirits in Syosset, will feature 17 wines from Vinifera Imports Ltd.

Italian importer and winemaker Dominic Nocerino will host the tasting and dinner. The cost is $120 per person. The event is limited to 60 guests and payment must be made in advance to reserve a...

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