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Harbor Bistro in East Hampton reopening

Harbor Bistro in East Hampton

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So, it looks and feels like late fall instead of early spring.

And did you get your taxes filed on time?

Before these facts start you ranting about TV meteorologists or the Alternative Minimum Tax, know that Harbor Bistro, the waterfront restaurant in East Hampton, is slated to open on Thursday, at 5 p.m. to be exact.

Chef Damien O'Donnell's New American kitchen sometimes seems...

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Corazon de Cuba in Long Beach: First bites

Picadera Cubana, an appetizer combination plate, at Corazon

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A recent lunch at the new Corazon de Cuba in Long Beach left me longing to return for dinner. You'll find the bi-level Cuban restaurant in the former digs of Cuban Crocodile.

A friend and I shared a mixed appetizer plate called a picadera Cubana ($14.95). It was hard to pinpoint which component was best. There were two flaky and appealing empanadas, one stuffed with a savory chicken mixture,...

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Closed in New Hyde Park: Ara Sushi & Grill

Ara in New Hyde Park.

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Ara Sushi & Grill, which occupied the former New Hyde Park home of Imperial Seoul, has closed.

While the spacious well-appointed restaurant served both Korean and Japanese fare, it was the Korean food that really stood out.

Recalled from a lunch last summer: an array of banchan — the gratis small plates that precede a meal — lavish enough to count as a mini-meal. And a gratis dish...

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Sterling wines to highlight dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Wines from Sterling Vineyards will be poured at a tasting dinner April 16 at Vitae restaurant in Huntington

The cost is $70, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. The Wednesday dinner starts at  7 p.m. Sarah McLaury of Atlantic Wines & Spirits will be the guest speaker.

Pairings include the 2011 Sterling Napa Valley Chardonnay with crab salad; 2011 Sterling Carneros Pinot...

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Ramen soup at BBD's in Rocky Point

Ramen served at BBD's- Beers Burgers Desserts in

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Ralph Perrazzo, chef-owner of BBD’s — Beers Burgers Desserts in Rocky Point, has gotten serious about authentic Japanese ramen. With a few Japanese craft beers, Perrazzo is offering ramen soup as a special on Friday night  as well as over the weekend and, probably, beyond. It's not a dish you'd find at any other burger house on Long Island.

The soup, Perrazzo said, is made with products...

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Joe's Garage and Grill in Riverhead: First bites

Tokyo Drift sliders at Joe's Garage feature steamed

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A recent lunch at the new Joe’s Garage and Grill in Riverhead proved a rousing success. Not only was the hip race car-themed place something to behold — brick walls, cement floors and a mini racetrack suspended above the bar — but chef Brian Burner’s food scored majorly.

At the starting gate was an appetizer called Tokyo Drift sliders ($9.95). Rather than sliders, what I got were two bao,...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Paella alla Valenciana is a respectable dish offered

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Sur Argentinian Steakhouse, which takes over the Huntington Village spot long occupied by Canterbury Ales. Sur is the “generous, easygoing offspring of Tango Argentinian Steakhouse, the 16-year staple in Central Islip." Some of its popular dishes are available here, including sliced chorizo sausage with caramelized Spanish onions and rosemary and...

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Red Ginger Asian Diner in East Northport: First bites

Thai basil with tofu and vegetables is a

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When owner Samantha Ye defined the new Red Ginger Asian Diner in East Northport as “fast casual,” she wasn’t kidding. As I found out on a recent visit, the food here fairly flies out of the open kitchen. Moments after you’ve ordered at the counter and seated yourself at one of the upholstered booths, a cheerful server is setting down your soup or appetizer. Chances are, you won’t be finished by...

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Barbecue spot replaces East End pizza restaurant

Patrick Gaeta, left, and Michael Troyan are the

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There’s a new barbecue joint in town. North Fork Bacon & Smokehouse has opened in Wading River in the Sound Avenue storefront that used to house The Pizza Pie.

The new business is a collaboration between old friends Patrick Gaeta and Michael Troyan. Gaeta, a regular on the barbecue competition circuit, was also the force behind North Fork Bacon, an artisanal product that, for a few shining...

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Dining in Mineola: 5 picks

One wall of Heart of Portugal in Mineola

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Smack in the middle of Nassau County, Mineola offers a panoply of dining options. Keep this list handy next time you’re called for jury duty.

HEART OF PORTUGAL

At this venerable Portuguese stronghold, the menu and the daily specials nodded in New- and Italian-American directions but focus on the gutsy cuisine of Portugal and you can’t go wrong:  Fat chourica sausage flambéed tableside,...

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