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The Living Room in East Hampton: 3 summer lamb roasts

Exterior view of c/o The Maidstone in East

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The Living Room, the restaurant at c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, plans three "garden party" lamb roasts this summer.

The all-you-can-eat, outdoor-grill, family-style events are slated for Monday, July 7; Aug. 11; and Sept. 1. They start at 4 p.m. Cost is $75 per person; half price, for children 12 years old or younger.

The price includes appetizers, lamb, sauces, salads and other...

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Classic sushi at Taka in Westbury

At Taka Sushi in Westbury, aji (Spanish mackerel)

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As sushi has gained popularity in the United States, it has also lost touch with its Japanese roots. What was once a venerable tradition highlighting the freshness of fish and the sushi chef’s knife skills has morphed into a carnival of crazy rolls and baroque platings.

Some local sushi restaurants try to stick to the tradition, and among them is Taka, located in a nondescript strip mall in...

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Magic Fountain in Mattituck: Summer flavors

Unusual flavors are popular at Magic Fountain in

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Magic Fountain's jet of playful flavors shoots into summer with a taste of rainbow cookie, plus coconut-avocado and lavender.

You can have some fun at the Fountain, a local landmark increasingly known for its untraditional, custom ice cream flavors and seasonal favorites. Purists will be challenged, but the more mainstream choices could bring you back, too.

Rainbow cookie is pretty good,...

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Closed in Great Neck: La Rotonda

La Rotonda Pizza & Restaurant in Great Neck.

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La Rotonda, which occupied a Bond Street storefront since 2002, has closed. The phone has been disconnected; the dining rooms have been stripped of most furnishings and, according to neighboring merchants, it hasn’t been open for at least a week.

When she first reviewed it in 2002, Newsday's Joan Reminick praised the casual Italian’s pizza. The crust, “its bottom flecked with cornmeal,” she...

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On 'cue at Bobbique in Patchogue

A five-meat combination holds St. Louis ribs, BBQ

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It’s been eight years since Bobbique first opened in Patchogue. Back in 2006, you had to order at the counter and pay before sitting down. Thankfully, that system was long ago scrapped in favor of table service. On a recent evening, we found the service pleasant and fairly efficient. There was an impressive list of beers, on tap and bottled, and blues on the sound system, too.

As for the ‘cue,...

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Is Jones Beach an ice-cream-free zone?

At Jones Beach, there's no ice cream, only

There are loads of  exciting new food offerings at Jones Beach and we sampled most of it. Just across the sand from the “regular” concession area is a tent sheltering SmorgasBar, a collection of hip, happening food vendors that represent a delegation from the cult Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg. Enjoy fresh-shucked oysters, hand-cut fries, shockingly fresh nachos, artisanal sausages and more.


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Secret soft shell crabs at Jewel of the Sea, Woodbury

Live, local soft-shell crabs are on sale at

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Right now there are some monster soft-shell crabs for sale at Jewel of the Sea in Woodbury. And not just any crabs. One of Long Island’s most experienced fishmongers, “Captain” Bill Mieschberger, just joined Jewel (owned by Lou Novello), and he brought with him a secret source in Freeport. This fisherman sets traps in the bay, hauls in the blue-claws and keeps them in tanks. As soon as they shed...

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Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack: A toast to summer

Wolffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack, 631-537-5106,

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Wolffer Estate Vineyard welcomes summer with a glass of rose and a "taste of Provence."

The winery recently has released two rose wines. The 2013 Wolffer Rose ($17) finishes dry and has apple and melon notes. Winemaker Roman Roth's 2013 Summer in a Bottle Rose ($24), handsomely bottled and loaded with summer fruit, delivers a harvest of strawberry and peach.

The wines are sure to complement...

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Open in Islip Terrace: Magic Taco Corp.

Magic Taco Corp. just opened in Islip Terrace

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Magic Taco Corp. is up and running in Islip Terrace. The place is co-owned by two chefs,  Steven Scalesse, recently profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, and Devin Delgado, who cooked at Tullulah’s with Scalesse for years.

“I grew up in Islip Terrace,” said Scalesse, going on to describe a little coffee shop next to an Italian ice place that...

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LI restaurants: this week's reviews

Juicy roasted chicken is a classic main course

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Port Washington is now home to three Latin restaurants owned by El Salvador-born Israel Guzman. Newsday critic Joan Reminick visits them all: Mole Mole Fresh Mexican Grill, Mojito Cafe & Lounge and Mi Ranchito.  We tell you how the three stack up.

In Merrick, The Savoy Tavern has been taken over by chef Kevin Liebov, who “dramatically improves the food with New American flair...

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