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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza sells meatballs by the pot

Anthony's Coal Fired pizza, with locations in Woodbury,

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza just came out with a new takeout option: a pot of meatballs. What you get is a stainless steel pot containing tomato sauce, 13 large meatballs and fresh basil. Order it hot or cold, and when it’s time to feed the gang, add ½ cup water and heat on the stovetop. On the side, you get ricotta cheese. Also a leaf-shaped card with basil seeds, for growing your own. The whole...

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Tutto Pazzo in Huntington gilds pasta lily

At Tutto Pazzo in Huntington, homemade tortellini are

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Restaurants run the gamut when it comes to being social-media savvy. Some don’t even have an answering machine, let alone a website. Others produce a constant stream of tweets and Facebook posts. Put Huntington’s Tutto Pazzo in the second category. “Like” the restaurant on Facebook or follow @tuttopazzoluigi on Twitter and you’ll be treated to daily photos and videos of chef-partner Luigi Petrone’s...

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Open in Plainview: Heike Sushi

Heike Sushi is new and Japanese in Plainview

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Heike Sushi is up and rolling in the former Plainview strip mall space that, until recently, hosted Robata of Tokyo.

The new restaurant offers a straightforward suburban Japanese repertoire, with hibachi items prepared in the kitchen. On the menu: beef negimaki ($7), pepper tuna tataki ($10), yellowtail jalapeño roll ($5), Mango Madness roll featuring crunchy spicy shrimp, avocado and mango...

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Open in Island Park: Flamingo Tapas Bar & Grill Cafe

Shrimp and rice is one of the Portuguese

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Now serving Portuguese fare in Island Park is Flamingo Tapas Bar & Grill Cafe. The new restaurant is owned by married couple Maria and Antonio Almeida, who opened Antonio’s in Oceanside before selling it some seven years ago.

According to co-owner Maria Almeida, Flamingo's current digs formerly housed a topless bar. “The pole is gone now,” she quipped.

On the Portuguese tapas roster...

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Long Island’s 10 best gastropubs

Mini Chicago hot dog sliders are the real

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This week, Newsday launches Eat Here Now, our annual list of Long Island’s Top 100 Restaurants. We’ve organized the restaurants by category — 10 picks in 10 categories — and the first category we’re highlighting is gastropubs.

Neither pub fare nor bar food, what you find at a gastropub is pretty refined and usually creative. It's the high end of the homey, boosted with style and accompanied...

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Oatmeal, 21 ways at Empress Diner in East Meadow

From the oatmeal menu at Empress Diner in

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A good bowl of oatmeal can make your morning. And it doesn’t have to be a winter morning, as I found out on a recent visit to the Empress Diner in East Meadow, which now has a roster of 21 oatmeal varieties.

“We’re trying to promote healthy eating,” said co-owner Mike Panagatos, who added that the jumbo bowl of cereal is also available in a smaller size. You just have to know to ask.

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Open in Huntington: Char Grille

Char Grille is the next Huntington restaurant from

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Char Grille has moved into the space at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Gerard Street that most recently housed BlonDee’s Bistro. The restaurant is owned by the same group that operates Doppio Artisan Bistro (located next door) and Doppio East in Sag Harbor.

Executive chef Bryan Dedcovich was formerly executive sous chef at Insignia Prime Steak and Sushi in Smithtown, but his menu at Char...

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Lemongrass in Oceanside: First bites

Tom kha gai, or chicken coconut soup, at

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It's midday at the attractive new Lemongrass Thai & Chinese Restaurant in Oceanside. And the place has me at the tom kha gai.

So often, the Thai chicken coconut soup turns out to be cloying, flowery. And filled with tough, stringy pieces of chicken. The version here, though, gets the classic Thai balance of sweet-sour-salty-spicy just right. And, on top of that, the sliced chicken is ultra-tender.

Less...

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Cinque Terre in Huntington Station: First bites

Cinque Terre in Huntington Station serves a fritto

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Cinque Terre, the long-awaited restaurant now in the former home of Panama Hatties, is a warm, traditional addition to Long Island's ever-growing number of Italian spots.

It's decorated with evocative photos of the Cinque Terre, five towns that cling to the dramatic coastline between Genoa and Pisa. But this Cinque Terre is more generally Italian than specifically Ligurian.

Cinque Terre...

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Open in New Hyde Park: Sushi Republic

Sushi Republic has opened in the New Hyde

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Sushi Republic has opened in the Hillside Avenue building that, until April, housed Ara Sushi & Grill, a pan-Asian restaurant noted for its Korean cuisine. Ara’s predecessor, Imperial Seoul (2010-13) also had a large Korean menu.

Sushi Republic’s menu looks to be about half sushi, with entrees ranging from $15 to $22, signature rolls around $12. The rest of the menu is a blend of Chinese,...

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