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The Refuge opens for lunch in Melville

The Refuge takes over the Melville space that

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The Refuge Food & Spirits, the new restaurant occupying what used to be Four Food Studio, is open for lunch. The menu is an abbreviated and slightly less expensive version of the dinner menu, with more salads and sandwiches.

Among the highlights: Guacamole ($12) is made to order and served in a heavy stone mortar. Empanadas ($3) and pizzas ($11.95 to $13.95) capture the restaurant’s Italian-Latino...

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Chef shines at Pentimento in Stony Brook

Roasted butternut squash tortelli are served at Pentimento

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Your first holiday gift has arrived.

Massimo Fedozzi is back to his stellar form at Pentimento, Dennis Young's longstanding Italian landmark. Fedozzi, who earned high praise for his cooking at the now-gone Vero in Amityville and Palio in Jericho, runs the kitchen. And his regional Italian food is excellent.

Try tortelli di zucca -- airy, slightly sweet, stuffed with roasted butternut...

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Closed in Commack: Dori Korean Restaurant

Dori, a Korean restaurant in Commack, as it

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In and out of Commack in a flash: Dori Korean Restaurant, the last in a string of Korean dining spots to occupy a little chalet-like structure on Jericho Turnpike.

The restaurant, which also served a few Chinese dishes, made its debut in March of this year. It received a star and a half in a July review. Interestingly, the best dish in its repertoire was a Korean take on a Chinese chicken...

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Lee Mazzilli pinch hits with Yankee wines at Stew Leonard's in Carle Place

New York Yankees Wine features the baseball team's

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Former major league baseball player Lee Mazzilli will be signing bottles of New York Yankees Wine on Nov. 15 at Stew Leonard's Wines, which will host a tasting at its Carle Place shop.

Three wines with the Yankees' interlocking NY logo label will be available: 2012 New York Yankees Reserve Russian RIver Valley Chardonnay, 2011 New York Yankees Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2013...

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Long Island restaurants: new reviews

Seared duck breast from Crescent Duck Farm is

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti awards three stars to Caci North Fork, the rustic Italian that “quietly slipped into Southold in late summer. It’s making a lot of noise now.” Chef Marco Pellegrini, a recent transplant from Italy, serves “superb” pastas such as gnocchi (with Gorgonzola or all’Amatriciana), pappardelle Bolognese, tagliolini with white truffles. Steaks, roasts, desserts,...

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Closed in Bay Shore: Declan Quinn's

Mac and cheese, as served at Declan Quinn's

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With cold weather headed our way, we’re all looking for eats both hot and satisfying. To many, that means mac and cheese. With the closing of Declan Quinn’s, located near the Long Island Rail Road station in Bay Shore, Long Islanders have lost a bubbling, gooey and comforting favorite made with bacon and three cheeses. Gone, as well, is Declan Quinn’s soulful shepherd’s pie.

True, to many,...

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Closed in Rockville Centre: Maggie's Raw Love Cafe

Strips of spiral-cut sweet potato act as "spaghetti"

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Vegans have one less place to call their own, now that Maggie’s Raw Love Cafe is no more. The Rockville Centre eatery was situated on Merrick Road, inside the Blue Firmament Holistic Center, which, according to its website, has closed but aims to reopen at a new location, not yet specified.

Maggie’s Raw Love was strictly raw and strictly vegan. It featured such dishes as sweet potato pasta...

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Mara's Too in Wantagh does Southern tapas

Crawfish cheesecake is one of the new small

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Mara’s Too in Wantagh just launched a new roster of small plates, most of them New Orleans and Southern-style dishes. Among choices: savory crawfish cheesecake ($14), chargrilled clams ($10), deviled eggs ($7), shrimp nachos ($6) and cornbread etouffe ($12). The restaurant is also adding a charcuterie and cheese menu, available after 8 p.m. as of Friday.

Co-owner Mara Levi said that full-sized...

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Open: Lamed Vav in Great Neck

Quinoa salad at the new kosher restaurant Lamed

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Lamed Vav, a glatt kosher continental restaurant, has opened in Great Neck opposite the Long Island Railroad station.

It's under the supervision of Vaad of Queens, and is the second glatt kosher restaurant on Long Island from owner Alex Levine, who also operates Brasserie HaLevi in Cedarhurst. Levine is expected to reopen Levine's Patisserie on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, too.

Lamed...

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Peconic Bay scallops arrive in local fish stores

Peconic Bay scallops at Alice's Fish Market in

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Peconic Bay scallops, Long Island's own sweet, nutty, briny little mollusks, are here. The season opened this week and, according to Artie Hoerning, proprietor of Artie’s South Shore Fish Market in Island Park, “it looks like a banner season.” Hoerning is selling the scallops for $24.75 per pound but expects the price to come down in the coming weeks.

Other Long Island fish markets carrying...

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