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Marjorie Robins

Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

Tocolo Cantina debuts at Gallery at Westbury Plaza

Atun (tuna) guacamole at the new Tocolo Cantina

(Credit: Tocolo Cantina)

Joining the festive mix of high-end department store outlets and compelling places to eat at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza comes Tocolo Cantina, a splashy-but-serious new Mexican restaurant. It launches at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Well-credentialed chef co-owner Alex Samayoa has cooked in such Manhattan spots as El Vez, La Esquina, Txikito, WD-50 and Empellon. His menu of Mexican dishes reflect...

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Krung Tep Thai Bistro opens in Great Neck

Sweet sticky rice with mango at the new

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The outside is unprepossessing, but inside the narrow storefront on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck is a sleek new addition to the restaurant scene, Krung Tep Thai Bistro. "Krung Tep" is actually the Thai name for the city of Bangkok.

With its white tufted leather banquettes and interlaced wood wall designs,  Krung Tep, the only all-Thai restaurant in town, is owned by husband-wife team...

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J. Michaels of Northport may relocate to Huntington

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

(Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick)

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse may relocate to downtown Huntington.

The original J. Michaels in Northport remains closed due, in part, to unresolved financial issues.

Co-owner Vincent P. Michaels said "the goal" is to relocate the steakhouse to the former site of Huntington Social on New York Avenue in downtown Huntington, perhaps as early as next month.

A small-plates, Italian...

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New in Great Neck: Caffebene

Korean honey bread with garlic and cheese from

(Credit: Lorina Capitulo)

Have you ever heard of a misugaru latte? The Korean drink (made with seeds, beans and grains) is just one option at Great Neck’s new Caffébene, the first branch of a South Korea-based international coffeehouse chain to open on Long Island.

Of course, you can also get a regular latte here, as well as a cappuccino, Americano or cafe mocha. You’ll also find tea, bubble tea and all manner of smoothies,...

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Kurofune in Commack: First bites

"Jalapeno tuna" is a fired-up, special roll at

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Kurofune is experiencing something rarely seen recently: a full dining room.

The veteran Japanese restaurant is under new management, as countless signs outside advise. Inside, the once-genteel spot is looking spiffier, too. More important, the food has improved.

You'll find all the suburban standbys. But there are a few surprises, too. The "jalapeno tuna" roll does pack some heat and...

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Pizzas with the personal touch

Centro Cucina's pizzas draw praise. Among the favorites

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

This time of year, when you’re busy shopping for others, you might want to take a little time out to be served a pizza that’s just for you.

Here are three of our favorite “personal” pizzas — sized 12 inches or less. All may be found near shopping hubs.

SPUNTINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS

In a shopping center that’s home to high-end department store outlets is this sleek...

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Holiday nougat house at Uncle Giuseppe's

Torrone house at Uncle Giuseppe's in Smithtown. (Dec.

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Gingerbread houses, often as inedible as they are ornate, have a tasty and good-looking competitor this season.

It's the torrone house.

Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace sells an entirely edible and handsomely decorated holiday house made of nougat. The cost of this heavyweight centerpiece is $199.99.

 It's currently available at the Uncle Giuseppe's stores in Smithtown, Port Jefferson...

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Soup dumplings debut at Green Tea Restaurant in Stony Brook

Steamed crab and pork soup dumplings are now

(Credit: Green Tea Restaurant)

The new Green Tea Restaurant in Stony Brook, which garnered a two-and-a-half-star rating in November, seemed to have just about everything you’d want from a place specializing in authentic multiregional Chinese cuisine. Everything, that is, except soup dumplings.

That situation has been remedied. Now, steamed soup dumplings may be ordered with pork ($6.25) or a combination of crab and pork...

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EAT Gastropub in Oceanside: First bites

The homestyle chicken pot pie at Eat Gastropub

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

With gastropubs cropping up all over Long Island, it’s getting to be a challenge distinguishing one craft-beer-and-updated-comfort-food venue from the other. Yet despite its rather commonplace name, the new EAT Gastropub in Oceanside sets itself apart.

For one thing, it has an on-site greenhouse for growing many of the herbs, greens and even the beets that may end up on your plate. Then, there’s...

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Black Friday eats, kid-friendly and mall-convenient

Amber Razvi, left, of Islip, and her brother,

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

Black Friday is upon us, ushering in a weekend — actually a month — of shopping and schlepping. If you’ve got your kids with you at the mall, then you're not just looking for bargains. You're looking for somewhere that caters to junior appetites so that nobody gets cranky.

Help is here in the form of a guide to eateries with kids' menus either in or near the mall. We wish you good eating and...

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