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Vitae in Huntington's $27.95 fixed-price dinner

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Vitae, the New American restaurant in downtown Huntington, offers a summertime fixed-price dinner: $27.95 for three courses.

The special is available Sundays and Tuesdays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Chef Keith Davidson's choices include teriyaki chicken dumplings, mussels marinara, onion soup, Caesar salad and, with supplementary prices, baked...

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Long Island’s 10 best barbecue spots

A chopped brisket sandwich is served with sides

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Last week it was gastropubs. This week in Eat Here Now, Newsday’s survey of Long Island’s top 100 restaurants, we’re focusing on barbecue.

Only a few years back, you could count the number of serious local barbecue spots on one hand. Thankfully, those days of settling for so-so ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork smothered in sticky sauce are gone.

So roll down your car window and...

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The skinny on The Cheesecake Factory

Lemon garlic shrimp from the Skinnylicious menu at

Eating mindfully whenever possible is part of a healthy lifestyle. Which is why whenever I end up eating at The Cheesecake Factory, I order from the chain’s Skinnylicious menu, wherein nothing tops 590 calories. Most of the time, I’ve gotten lucky. But, on a recent dinner visit, the chain’s lemon garlic shrimp with asparagus and angel hair pasta ($16.95; 560 calories) flopped.

The culprits:...

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Long Island restaurants: This week’s reviews

Restaurateur Tom Schaudel and his daughter Courtney Schaudel

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti awards three stars to Petulant Wino, “the North Fork’s newest must-eat, must-drink restaurant.” In the brightened-up former Aquebogue home of Comtesse Thérèse Bistro, the restaurant is owned by manager Courtney Schaudel and her father, restaurateur Tom Schaudel. The tapas-spurred, globally influenced menu comes from chef Lenny Campanelli, who ran the kitchen...

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Closed in Mineola: Wong's Noodle House

Cold noodles with sesame sauce served at Wong's

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Wong’s Noodle House in Mineola now belongs to history.

The casual corner spot, just steps away from the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station and Winthrop-University Hospital, opened back in 2009. It served an old-school Chinese menu and, despite its name, didn't offer that extensive a noodle roster.

Still, the restaurant served a fresh spinach noodle dish with shrimp that impressed....

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Wild Honey in Oyster Bay: A taste of summer

Red snapper stars in the Caribbean fish taco

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Wild Honey has a sweet spot at the corner of South Street and East Main in Oyster Bay. And diners who'd like some alfresco with dinner find a pleasant perch there.

It's a warm-weather scene these days, befitting the address that once housed the summer offices of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Wild Honey is a popular local hangout, where the food and the wine are fine, with service to...

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Lobster Friday at J. Michaels in Northport

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

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Friday is aragosta night at J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

The lobster special, dubbed "Lobster & Lovers," is a four-course, fixed-price dinner for $55 per person, plus tax and tip.

It starts with lobster bisque, followed by a choice of either lobster cocktail or lobster and broccoli rabe salad. The main course selections are a two-pound lobster, steamed, oven-roasted...

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Malverne farmers market tries new hours

Waldorf School of Garden City students enjoying a

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The Thursday farmers market that takes place at Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s in Malverne is trying something new this week: later hours. Since it launched in May, the market has been open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but, said organizer Lona Graepel, “We have received requests from potential customers asking if we could stay open later to accommodate working people’s schedules.” Accordingly,...

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Open in Point Lookout: Salt Air Café

Salt Air Cafe in Point Lookout serves breakfast,

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Residents of Point Lookout have a new sit-down, take-out eatery, Salt Air Café, which opened in May in a little cottage on Lido Boulevard.

Proprietor Kelly Kelleher envisioned a place where neighbors could enjoy from-scratch food made using good ingredients. She signed up with Farmigo, an online farmers’ market that acts as a conduit between farms, restaurants and consumers. She figures that,...

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Let down by Landmark Diner in Roslyn

A "skinny" turkey burger at Landmark Diner in

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Back in 2009, when the Landmark Diner in Roslyn moved a few yards east of its original location to spiffy new double-decker digs, the kitchen was under the aegis of chef Chris Palmer, whose pared-down menu was executed with care and élan.

Palmer has been gone from the diner for more than a year. During a recent brunch visit, the food tasted pretty much like typical diner fare from just about...

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