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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset August specials

The main room at Caf? Testarossa in Syosset

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset is offering three midweek specials in August.

There's a fixed-price wine dinner on Tuesdays, "Martini Nights" on Wednedays and a $31, Thursday-night lobster special.

Chef William Sansone stuffs the 2-pounder with escarole, corn risotto, garlic, lemon and white wine.

"Martini Night" means $8 drinks and $8 appetizers available from 5 to 10 p.m.


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George Martin's Grillfire opens Monday in Syosset

George Martin's Grillfire opens in Syosset in August

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George Martin's Grillfire in Syosset turns on the burners Monday night.

The latest Grillfire succeeds Mim's at the Berry Hill Road location. Its American menu, with steakhouse mainstays, is similar but not exactly like those at the Grillfire branches in Merrick and Rockville Centre.

Expect grilled fish tacos ($12), buttermilk fried chicken wings ($10), chopped salad ($10, $15); ...

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Nissos in Syosset: First bites

Grilled octopus is served as an appetizer at

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Is 13 lucky?

Nissos is the 13th restaurant in 24 years at this address near the Syosset railroad station. It's definitely among the best-looking, too.

Awash in Aegean blue and white, with sail-like cloth billowing above and a display of fresh fish on ice near the kitchen, the whole place already merits praise for design and decoration.

Early on, some good choices include the tasty...

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CoolFish in Syosset: What's new

Crisp, whole red snapper highlights the menu at

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CoolFish remains situated in a windowless space in an anonymous building that opens onto a parking lot. Steven Del Lima is the latest chef to let the light in.

The Syosset restaurant, which keeps its stylized, contemporary interior, is under new management. Chef-owner Tom Schaudel sold it last year to the Singh Hospitality Group.

Del Lima currently is the consulting chef and also is...

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Coming soon: Kashi in Syosset

Kashi plans to open a new branch in

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Expect a new entry in Long Island's sushi wars.

Kashi, which has highly rated restaurants in Huntington and Rockville Centre, is expected to open a third branch in Syosset. Construction is under way at the site on the north side of  Jericho Turnpike, situated opposite Chris & Tony's restaurant, which is located at 352 Jericho Tpke.

The opening is expected in summer.


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Christiano's, Billy Joel's Syosset inspiration, closes

Christiano's in Syosset is thought to be the

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Christiano’s in Syosset, the pasta-parm house long debated to have been the inspiration for Billy Joel’s “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,”  finally closed on Monday. The Singh Hospitality Group announced its plans to shutter and reinvent the "bottle of red, bottle of white" restaurant last year, then gave it a reprieve in August.

What about the Billy Joel memorabilia that defined the...

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Closed in Syosset: Bronx Pizza Company

Bronx Pizza Company in Syosset offered 17 beers

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Syosset has bid addio to Bronx Pizza Company, situated on a stretch of industrial area along Robbins Lane, just off the Long Island Expressway.

The pizzeria-pub opened in 2012 and was owned by the Zilla family, which has culinary roots in the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue. In addition to pizza, it also featured house-baked bread, hand-cut fries and, initially, house-smoked barbecue.

A one-and-a-half...

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Closed in Syosset: Energy Kitchen

Energy Kitchen in Syosset offered low-calorie burgers, wraps

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Energy Kitchen, a Syosset eatery on Jericho Turnpike, has run out of steam. The place was geared to low-cal healthy eating and opened in 2012 as the first Long Island branch of a New York City chain.

Now, it seems, the entire operation has gone under. A message on the Energy Kitchen website states, “We have made the difficult decision to close all of our NYC and Long Island locations.”


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Combat the polar vortex: Dine by a fireplace

The dining room at Franina.

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Feel cold yet?

Find a good restaurant with a fireplace. Here are four choices (moderate to expensive in price) that will do the job better than a hot toddy. Ask for a table near the hearth.

Franina in Syosset warms you with a fireplace as well as its savory Italian food. Try the osso buco, the rib-eye, red snapper oreganata, mascarpone cheesecake. The fireplace is in the main dining...

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Toast & Tapas closes in Syosset

The exterior of Toast & Tapas in Syosset.

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Toast & Tapas brought to Syosset an unconventional mix: pancakes and omelets in the morning, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and for dinner, a roster of small plates. The place is now closed.

It was situated in a building that had been born a Friendly’s but had since housed a diverse assortment of occupants, among them 516 Americana, 516, Moules et Frites, Ohana Luau, Umi, Asia Palace,...

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