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E.A.T.S. Social House in East Massapequa: First bites

Pork chop with pineapple salsa is served at

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

E.A.T.S. Social House brings a casual, unpretentious style to the ex-site of Alaine's in East Massapequa.

It's an easygoing spot with friendly service. Order carefully and you'll have a good meal, too.

That means perusing the "tapas" list and picking meatballs stuffed with mozzarella: well-sauced and softball-size. The honey-barbecue chicken wings also are meaty and good. And the juicy...

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Swallow in Huntington closed during expansion

Angus beef sliders at Swallow in Huntington.(Nov. 20,

(Credit: Photo by Jesse Newman)

Swallow, the diminutive small plates restaurant on New York Avenue in Huntington, is currently closed during a major expansion and renovation. As chef-owner James Tchinnis tells it, by taking over the vacated spot next door (which used to be a dress shop), Swallow has tripled its space, transforming from a “cozy little joint” to a 3,000-square-foot restaurant with a full bar. But the small-plates...

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Brio launches new brunch menu at Walt Whitman mall

Berries and cream French toast is on the

(Credit: Brio Tuscan Grille)

A new brunch menu makes its debut on Saturday, April 5, at Brio Tuscan Grille at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station.

Among options are a Tuscan omelet ($8.99) with egg whites, turkey sausage, and vegetables and an open-faced biscuit sandwich ($7.99) with egg, candied bacon, cheese and marinated tomatoes. On the sweeter side, there's berries and cream French toast  stuffed with mascarpone...

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Pasha Kebob fit for King of N. Lindenhurst

Pasha Kebob and Grill in North Lindenhurst specializes

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I don’t want to think about how many times I’ve driven by Pasha Kebob and Grill, located in a modest strip mall on Route 109 at the intersection of Straight Path in North Lindenhurst. It’s a tricky left turn from the northbound road, so that’s going to be my excuse.

Today I stopped into the little Turkish takeout market and ordered three platters to go: Adana kebab, chicken and gyro. The Adana...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Customers dine at MoCA Asian Bistro in Woodbury.

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

In this week’s Newsday, Erica Marcus gives one-and-a-half stars to MoCA Asian Bistro, “the latest salvo in an Asian-fusion invasion that threatens Long Island's few remaining just-Chinese and just-Japanese restaurants.” The new Woodbury branch of MoCAs in Hewlett and Forest Hills takes over the space that used to house Nisen, and the new restaurant is even more lavishly decorated. The  food,...

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Closed in Baldwin Harbor: Mike’s Portuguese Chicken & Deli

Bacon cheeseburger doesn't begin to describe Mike's Portuguese

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

I’d never written about a business in Baldwin Harbor until I came across Mike’s Portuguese Chicken & Deli on Atlantic Avenue last summer. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, I found owner Miguel Rodrigues’s soulful Portuguese cooking.

He cooked his spicy golden chickens in a nifty side-loading roaster and served them with freshly fried potato chips. Another specialty...

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Bobby Flay launches 4 great new burgers

On the new menu at Bobby's Burger Palace

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The addition of four new burgers to the recently revamped menu at Bobby’s Burger Palace necessitated an immediate trip to the Roosevelt Field branch of Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s burger chain.

Each of the burgers, at $7.95 apiece, was conceived by Flay, three with regional connections. All proved juicy — cooked medium-rare, as specified — and served on soft sesame-seeded buns with ideal bun-to-burger...

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La Marmite in Williston Park: Reborn at 40

Gateau St. Honore is one of the desserts

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

In a couple of weeks, La Marmite will be 40 years old. But it's also new.

Last year, owner Renato Pedrazzi retired. He pretty much created the vintage continental restaurant, where you'd fearlessly order a seafood-filled crepe or baked clams, beef Wellington or rack of lamb, maybe duck a l'orange or Dover sole meunière, and perhaps chocolate mousse or a spin on gâteau Saint-Honore.

Pedrazzi,...

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Open in East Meadow: Yevma Authentic Greek Cuisine

Yevma Authentic Greek Cuisine is open in East

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Yevma Authentic Greek Cuisine has opened in the newly remodeled East Meadow digs of the former Gyrolicious.

In charge of the kitchen is chef Peter Mesaris, who hails from Greece, where he was executive chef for a catering concern. In the New York area, he cooked at Esperides in Astoria and at Estia in Manhattan.

His repertoire includes house-made gyro (beef-and-lamb as well as chicken,...

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Open in Bellmore: Danny's Chinese Kitchen

Danny's Chinese Kitchen in Bellmore offers takeout, delivery

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

The stretch of Merrick Road between the Wantagh and Meadowbrook parkways is home to a surprisingly large concentration of Asian eating spots. Joining that mix is Danny’s Chinese Kitchen, which offers takeout, delivery and a few tables for eating in — counter service only.

Owner Danny Antin, who has no Chinese ancestry, said he worked at Chinese restaurants as a teenager and “fell in love with...

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