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Burton & Doyle in Great Neck sold

Burton & Doyle, Great Neck

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Burton & Doyle, one of the prime restaurants along Northern Boulevard's steak row  in Great Neck, has been sold.

The buyers are Joseph Zangri and Bert Brodsky, co-owners of City Cellar in Westbury.

Zangri, who also operates Watermill Caterers and Restaurant in Smithtown, was co-developer of Rare650 in Syosset and Insignia in Smithtown, both properties of restaurateur Anthony...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

The namesake rice noodle soup, pho, is served

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick visits Pho Maxia in Bethpage, a Vietnamese restaurant that brings Long Island's total up to two. (The other is Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale.) During the late '90s, Maxia had a short, glorious run in Bethpage. Now the two principals, brothers Hoa Kevin Du and David Yu, are back, and so are the bold, clean flavors and low prices.

Peter M. Gianotti...

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Roast Sandwich House drops ball on salad

At Roast Sandwich House in Melville, a turkey

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Roast Sandwich House made a splash when it opened in late 2010. The Route 110 corridor in Melville is well served by delis, but Roast distinguished itself by roasting all its meats in-house and generally upping the local sandwich game.

I’ve enjoyed many Roast sandwiches over the last three years, so perhaps I should have stuck with the program. Instead, I tried a salad earlier in the week....

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Sunday brunches start at Plattduetsche in Franklin Square

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4,

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A Sunday brunch buffet will be served on the last weekend of each month at The Beer Hall at the Plattduetsche Beer Garden starting June 29.

The price is $22.95 per person, plus tax and tip. Children 12 and under: $11.95. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost includes coffee, tea and juice. There will be one-and-one-half-liter boots of mimosas and Bloody Marys for $20. The regular...

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The Purple Elephant, Northport, now a restaurant

The Purple Elephant in Northport has graduated from

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The Purple Elephant, situated in the Brittania Marina in Northport, just had a major renovation and has transformed itself from market cafe to full-fledged restaurant offering table service.

Chef David Intonato, who owns the place with his wife, Erin, said that the restaurant has a casual laid-back feel, with both indoor and outdoor seating — in front and in back — with a water view from the...

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Open in Syosset: Nissos

Among the fresh fish offerings at Nissos in

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The intersection of Berry Hill, Split Rock and Muttontown Eastwoods roads in Syosset might as well be the Bermuda Triangle for the number of restaurants that have disappeared there — by our count, 12 in the past 24 years.

So keep your fingers crossed for Nissos, a casual Greek restaurant that opened this week.

Chef-partner Antonis Farozes cooked in Astoria before being lured to Syosset...

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Open in Great Neck: Moonstone Chinese Cuisine

Moonstone takes over the Great Neck location formerly

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Harvest Buffet had a good run. The all-you-can-eat restaurant on Northern Boulevard opened in 1999 and for the next 14 years encouraged Long Islanders to eat their fill of dozens of Chinese (and not-so-Chinese) dishes.

All traces of unbridled excess have been swept away by the sleek, elegant Moonstone Chinese Cuisine, which opened last week. The decor is modern, but subdued, with lots of soft...

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Seafood specials at Rothmann's Steakhouse in East Norwich

A toro, or fatty tuna, tasting highlights the

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Rothmann's Steakhouse, of course, specializes in beef. But the local landmark is doing very well seaside, too.

It has joined steakhouses such as Blackstone in Melville and Insignia in Smithtown, balancing the red meat with sushi for a nouveau riff on surf-and-turf.

For traditionalists, however, there are a few more days remaining to enjoy the house's lobster special.

Maine lobsters...

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LI team competes on TLC’s 'The Next Great Baker'

Meredith Gulfman and Don Donneruno are competing on

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Tune in to TLC Tuesday night to Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker to see two local bakers vie for cake-baking supremacy.

Don Donneruno and Meredith Gulfman of North Bellmore’s A Taste of Home are one of 10 teams competing on the baking competition show hosted by Buddy Valastro.

Donneruno is one of the lead cake designers at A Taste of Home, where his nickname is The Cake Don (motto: "Making...

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These peaches are peachy

At North Shore Farms in Great Neck, South

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My steadfast peach informant, Jerry Cohen of Glen Cove, called to tell me that the peaches from McBee, South Carolina, were for sale at North Shore Farms. Cohen grew up in western North Carolina and firmly believes that the McBee peaches are the best in the world.

They are awfully good.

Now Cohen warned me that these are clingstones, not freestones.  And here I offer my annual exegesis:...

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