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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

J. Michaels in Oyster Bay closed permanently

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, Northport: Ranking in the

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Plans to reopen J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Oyster Bay have been shelved. The restaurant has closed permanently.

Former co-owner and chef Vincent P. Michaels said the expected makeover, turning the Oyster Bay spot into an Italian restaurant, won't happen. The future of the site, best remembered for the Mill River Inn, s uncertain.

The original J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse is open...

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Open in Deer Park: GreeKrave

GreeKrave is a new Greek fast food eatery

(Credit: GreeKrave)

New to Deer Park is GreeKrave, described by co-owner Chris Pavlatos as a “fast food concept.” Here, you order at the counter and your food is brought to you when it’s ready.

Choose from a variety of options like a lamb/beef gyro sandwich ($7.95), moussaka ($9.95) or Greek salad ($9.95). Or get a customized pita ($7.95) or rice bowl ($9.95), moving down a line (the way you would at Chipotle...

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Supersized new flatbreads at Walt Whitman mall

Flatbread with grilled chicken, spinach, bacon and Gorgonzola

(Credit: Cirella's at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Quite a spectacle, the superlong flatbreads just added to the repertoire at Cirella’s at Saks Fifth Avenue at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station. They're sized  for sharing, presented on wooden paddles that slightly overhang each table.

Crusts are first made at the nearby Cirella’s in Melville before being transported to Huntington Station and then baked, with toppings, on-site....

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Shake Shack celebrates Halloween with specials

For Halloween, Shake Shack in Westbury will be

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Boo! Shake Shack has cooked up two specials to celebrate Halloween this year: The Halloweenie ($4.50) is a Vienna all-beef hot dog wrapped with bacon and topped with pumpkin maple mustard; the Shack O’Lantern shake ($5.50)  is made from vanilla frozen custard  with pumpkin, marshmallow and autumn spices.

Available through Friday at Shake Shack in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, 860...

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Day-of-the-Dead specials at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Perfecto Mundo in Commack to close after LI Restaurant Week

Perfecto Mundo (or Perfect World) in Commack specializes

(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Perfecto Mundo, the three-star Latin-fusion restaurant in Commack, is to close  Nov. 10.

It will stay open for Long Island Restaurant Week, which starts Nov. 2.

In an email to customers last night, owner Liz Keschl said: "It is with great sadness, and much inner conflict, that I announce today  that we will be closing our doors on Monday, November 10th."

Keschl added,...

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Open in Hicksville: Tandoori Touch

Tandoori chicken is one of the specialties at

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Tandoori Touch has taken over the Hicksville Terrace shopping center spot occupied, until late last year, by Punjabi Kebab House. The new owners have spruced up the decor and introduced a menu that describes itself as “Chinese, Indo-Pak.”

There’s little fusion here. Dishes are either Chinese (spring rolls, salt-and-pepper shrimp, fried rice, chicken Hong Kong, chop suey) or Indo-Pak (pakoras,...

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The Arden in Port Jefferson: First bites

Duck tacos are served at The Arden in

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

You probably have attended quieter riots.

The Arden, which specializes in small plates,  "vibe dining," "ultra lounge" activities, and amped-up music, is situated above Starbucks on Main Street in Port Jefferson. If you don't spot it, come the weekend, you'll hear it.

Stylish in a carefully orchestrated way, The Arden has a downtown look, with reclaimed wood, banquettes, TVs tuned...

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Post-Sandy opening in Farmingville: J&C 68

J and C 68 - reborn in Farmingville;

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

It took almost two years,  but J&C 68 Restaurant in Farmingville has finally reopened after a fire caused by superstorm Sandy. Renovations as well as legal issues made for a long road back, according to owner Nancy Fu.

Fu added that the restaurant retains its original chef, known only as Ho, as well as mostly the same repertoire of Chinese, Japanese and Thai specialties, along with...

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Stella Blue in Huntington: First bites

Pulled pork with jalapeno cornbread and coleslaw at

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

A larger-than-life mural of the late Jerry Garcia graces an outside brick wall of the new Stella Blue, a quirky eatery with a Woodstock vibe. Stay there longer than half an hour, and you should hear some Grateful Dead numbers being played in the background musical mix. The decor, a blend of '60s-era art and antiques, is kind of hodgepodge-lodge. Order at the counter and find some seating but be...

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