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Joan Reminick

In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.

Crazy Beans in Stony Brook: First bites

Whimsical salt and pepper shakers at Crazy Beans

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

While it’s surely possible to get a healthful breakfast or lunch at the new Crazy Beans in Stony Brook, the emphasis here is on comfort and indulgence. Such was my observation on a recent midmorning visit to the attractive new offshoot of a Miller Place eatery.

I ordered chicken and waffles. It was Cheesy Biscuits with eggs and sausage gravy for my companion. His dish was spot-on, the Cheddar...

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Surf-and-turf special at George Martin in Rockville Centre

Shrimp are grilled over a high flame for

(Credit: Doug Young)

On summer Saturdays, George Martin restaurant in Rockville Centre is offering a surf-and-turf  fixed-price dinner.

The three-course special, $49.95 plus tax and tip, includes a mini-lobster roll, with knuckle and claw meat, on a Parker House roll, with lemon zest and fresh chives; a Chairman's Reserve rib-eye steak with home fries, creamed spinach and horseradish cream; and a dessert...

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Open in Port Jefferson: Old Fields, the spinoff

The Classic burger at Old Fields in Greenlawn

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

The Port Jefferson offshoot of the Greenlawn gastropub Old Fields is up and running in the Wynn Lane space that, for more than a decade, housed Pace’s Steak House.

Owner Dave Tunney said the restaurant's menu is the same as the one in Greenlawn, its decor quite similar, as well.  But there’s been a chef change. Now running the kitchens at both restaurants is David Rothstein, whose credits...

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Open in Riverhead: Taqueria Cielito Lindo

Taqueria Cielito Lindo serves authentic Mexican fare in

(Credit: Taqueria Cielito Lindo)

Taqueria Cielito Lindo is now serving authentic Mexican fare in the former digs of Julia’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Riverhead. The place, offering both counter and table service, is owned by married couple Jasmin and Edgar Diaz-Leal, who are also its co-chefs.

Tortillas used for tacos are handmade using white corn flour, said Jasmin Diaz-Leal, who added that she and her husband plan to...

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Open in Merrick: Anchor Down

At Anchor Down Seafood Bar & Grill in

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Stephen Rosenbluth has spent his career cooking at big, corporate restaurants — he ran kitchens at Legal Seafoods in Roosevelt Field and Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse and Naples 45 in Manhattan. Now the 36-year-old chef has opened his own little “New American seafood house” near the water in Merrick, Anchor Down.

Rosenbluth’s menu features seafood classics such as a daily selection of raw oysters,...

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Greenport Harbor beer-pairing dinner at Mirabelle in Stony Brook

Mirabelle restaurant is located in the Three Village

(Credit: Nicole Horton)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. beers will be poured alongside Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern food at a July 24 dinner hosted by the Stony Brook restaurant.

The cost of the three-course beer-pairing dinner is $50 per person plus tax and tip. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

The expected menu at the farm-to-table restaurant includes local striped bass with corn puree and pickled melon and minted...

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Half-pint chef sells half-baked pizzas in Southampton

Thirteen-year-old Andy Mosolino makes "take-and-bake" pizzas at The

(Credit: Deli Counter Fine Foods)

Plenty of 13-year-old boys love pizza. Ordering and eating it, that is. But Andy Mosolino decided he’d rather make and market it.

Mosolino's partially cooked “take-n-bake” pies are sold at The Deli Counter Fine Foods in Southampton (which is owned by his father, Michael Mosolino) as well as at such East End venues as Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead and Sir Ivan’s Castle in Water Mill.


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Summer specials at Jedediah Hawkins in Jamesport

The Jedediah Hawkins Inn and Restaurant in Jamesport.

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

July is busting out all over at Jedediah Hawkins Inn. Craig Attwood, who took over the kitchen earlier this year from Richard Kanowsky, is making good use of the Jamesport inn’s lovely grounds.

On Thursday nights, Attwood serves barbecued chicken, pork ribs, corn and cornbread starting at 5 p.m. ($28). And an old fire truck is on hand to dispense craft beer from Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder...

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Open in Hicksville: Kwality Indian & Chinese Cuisine

Shrimp in hot garlic sauce is among the

Kwality Indian & Chinese Cuisine is serving up tandoori chicken and Szechuan shrimp in the Hicksville space last occupied by Royal Bukhara Grill.

Here, the menu covers a range of Northern Indian and Indian-Chinese dishes. On the Indian side, you'll find chicken tikka ($14.95), palak paneer (or spinach with cheese; $10.95) and lamb biryani ($12.95). Among Chinese items: crispy lotus ($11.95),...

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Closed in Seaford: The Phoenix

The Phoenix served seared scallops on a small

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The Phoenix in Seaford has closed. The restaurant, decorated in stark red and black, was named for a mythical bird that cyclically dies and is reborn from its own ashes.

Indeed, the place started life as a fireball, earning a three-star review in 2012 for its inventive repertoire dominated by small plates. Although subsequent chef changes and inconsistencies resulted in a fall from glory,...

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