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Open in Huntington: IMC Restaurant and Bar

At IMC Restaurant and Bar in Huntington, braised

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Sleek, neon-lit, clubby and meat-centric, IMC (Imperial Meat Company) erases all memories of Buoy One, the classic fish restaurant that used to occupy this prime Main Street location.

Chef Alex Tchernikov has cooked at 11 Madison Park and Tao in Manhattan. Here he takes full advantage of the culinary opportunities afforded by the restaurant’s owners, who also own Imperial Meat Market in Brighton...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

The Lower East Side sandwich at True American

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews True American Kitchen, the Mineola successor to Lola Trattoria. From Chicago hot dogs and Southern fried chicken to New York strip steak and pan-roasted Long Island duck breast, it’s “a lively new restaurant with real personality and enough homey choices to feed the most contrarian group.”

Joan Reminick visits Sushi Republic in New Hyde Park...

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Barbecue contest anchors Farmingville weekend festival

Pitmaster Will Breakstone poses with a rack of

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A barbecue cook-off will be the culmination of two days of festivities Saturday and Sunday at the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville.

The “Hope on the Hill” BBQ Contest has been organized by Will Breakstone, Long Island’s much-decorated pitmaster. On Saturday, while a dozen barbecue teams set up their rigs and begin to smoke, visitors can wander through a huge flea market in the amphitheater...

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Hamptons International Film Festival: Where to eat

Rowdy Hall in East Hampton in an autumnal

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Will Bill Murray star at Nick & Toni's?

The Hamptons International Film Festival opens Thursday, showing his latest film, "St. Vincent."

But just in case N&T's is packed, here are three recommendations for one of my favorite actors and comedians -- and for anyone who'll be in the general vicinity of Main Street and Newtown Lane.

Near the movies: Rowdy Hall. The pub-bistro...

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Pumpkin dishes on Long Island: 4 we love

The pumpkin pancakes at Premier Diner in Commack.

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It’s pumpkin-picking time, which, for many, means the time of year to pick a pumpkin dish from a menu. In that spirit, here are four restaurants, each putting its own spin on the autumnal squash.

PREMIER DINER, 690 Commack Rd., Commack, 631-462-1432

This breakfast destination spot offers up pumpkin pancakes, which are light, plush and very much of the season. ($7.50)


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LL Dent in Carle Place: Prix-fixe to benefit breast cancer

Leisa Dent, chef and co-owner of LL Dent

LL Dent in Carle Place is featuring an antioxidant-rich three-course dinner, at $35 a person, with half the proceeds benefiting the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. The meal will be available throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Here’s what's chef Leisa Dent is cooking: Autumn sweet potato soup, followed by grilled salmon with tamarind...

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Dee Dee's Luncheonette in Floral Park, chili champ

Prizewinning chili from Dee Dee's Luncheonette in Floral

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Dee Dee’s Luncheonette, a relative newcomer to Floral Park, took first place in a chili contest held last Saturday at Belmont Park as part of a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The winning chili is the work of the eatery's new executive chef consultant, Phil Iannuccilli, who worked at the former Maxxels and PastaVino in Mineola.

Iannuccilli, who came on board a few months...

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Dine, drink, dance at Revel, Garden City

DJ Chef Marc Weiss is an entertainer who

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Revel Restaurant & Bar is holding a series of Thursday-night “Beats & Eats” gatherings hosted by DJ Chef Marc Weiss. An entertainer who blends cooking and spinning, Weiss was a recent — and victorious — contestant on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.” Each Thursday he will be joined by another television chef such as Nicole Karr (Food Network’s “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell,” Oct. 9),...

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Open in Levittown: Riella's Homestyle

Shrimp scampi and chicken parmigiana at the new

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New in Levittown is Riella’s Homestyle, a family-style restaurant and pizzeria. The place takes over the former digs of Villa Carmela on North Jerusalem Road.

Dishes may be ordered family-style (feeding 2 to 3) or as individual portions. The restaurant features family recipes from chef co-owner Jimmy Giaccone. Manager Lorenzo Abbatiello said everything is made from scratch, including breads...

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The late KK Haspel was a force to remember

KK Haspel, a farmer and owner of the

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KK Haspel, whose 5-acre Southold farm nourished home cooks and chefs alike, died on Oct. 4. The Farm, as it was simply known, was an expression of Haspel’s philosophy of the interconnectedness of all things. The Farm used biodynamic methods, a holistic system of agriculture that seeks to harness the forces of the sun, moon, planets and stars, and focus them on Earth and its plants.

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