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Moonstone in Great Neck: First bites

Whole red snapper in sweet-and-sour sauce is served

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

The moonstone, which symbolizes everything from passion and vision to healing and luck, now signifies something even better: very good Chinese food in Great Neck.

Sleek and handsome, Moonstone transforms the Northern Boulevard space close to the Nassau-Queens border long-occupied by Harvest Buffet. More important, the restaurant brings back a taste that has been missing for decades.

The...

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Turkuaz Grill in Riverhead: Fine for vegetarians

A mixed appetizer platter served at Turkuaz in

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Where do you go for a quick and healthy lunch in Riverhead if you’ve got a vegetarian in your party?

The answer I came up with, one weekend afternoon, was Turkuaz Grill, a pretty little place with seating both indoors and outside, plus a view of the Peconic River. This turned out to be an ideal choice.

To start: a resonant, comforting bowl of red lentil soup. This was followed by a platter...

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Noah’s hits the road on the North Fork

Noah's in Greenport operates a food truck that

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Since it opened in January 2010, Noah’s in Greenport has established itself as one of the North Fork’s most dependable spots for fine dining. This summer, chef-owner Noah Schwartz deputized his brother, Justin, to take the show on the road.

Justin found a 1964 Airstream Land Yacht Safari Edition trailer, outfitted it with a griddle and refrigeration and, in early July, Noah’s on the Road took...

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Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington open after nearby fire

Early on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, on Wall

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Cafe Buenos Aires, the three-star restaurant in downtown Huntington, was open Monday, following a fire that started nearby early Sunday.

Fire officials said Sunday that the blaze apparently started in garbage in a space between two buildings on Wall Street. There was damage in the basement of the restaurant, the officials said.

Cafe Buenos Aires, which specializes in tapas and the cuisine...

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George Martin's Grillfire opens Monday in Syosset

George Martin's Grillfire opens in Syosset in August

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George Martin's Grillfire in Syosset turns on the burners Monday night.

The latest Grillfire succeeds Mim's at the Berry Hill Road location. Its American menu, with steakhouse mainstays, is similar but not exactly like those at the Grillfire branches in Merrick and Rockville Centre.

Expect grilled fish tacos ($12), buttermilk fried chicken wings ($10), chopped salad ($10, $15); ...

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Vitae in Huntington's $27.95 fixed-price dinner

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Vitae, the New American restaurant in downtown Huntington, offers a summertime fixed-price dinner: $27.95 for three courses.

The special is available Sundays and Tuesdays, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Chef Keith Davidson's choices include teriyaki chicken dumplings, mussels marinara, onion soup, Caesar salad and, with supplementary prices, baked...

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Long Island’s 10 best barbecue spots

A chopped brisket sandwich is served with sides

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Last week it was gastropubs. This week in Eat Here Now, Newsday’s survey of Long Island’s top 100 restaurants, we’re focusing on barbecue.

Only a few years back, you could count the number of serious local barbecue spots on one hand. Thankfully, those days of settling for so-so ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork smothered in sticky sauce are gone.

So roll down your car window and...

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The skinny on The Cheesecake Factory

Lemon garlic shrimp from the Skinnylicious menu at

Eating mindfully whenever possible is part of a healthy lifestyle. Which is why whenever I end up eating at The Cheesecake Factory, I order from the chain’s Skinnylicious menu, wherein nothing tops 590 calories. Most of the time, I’ve gotten lucky. But, on a recent dinner visit, the chain’s lemon garlic shrimp with asparagus and angel hair pasta ($16.95; 560 calories) flopped.

The culprits:...

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Long Island restaurants: This week’s reviews

Restaurateur Tom Schaudel and his daughter Courtney Schaudel

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti awards three stars to Petulant Wino, “the North Fork’s newest must-eat, must-drink restaurant.” In the brightened-up former Aquebogue home of Comtesse Thérèse Bistro, the restaurant is owned by manager Courtney Schaudel and her father, restaurateur Tom Schaudel. The tapas-spurred, globally influenced menu comes from chef Lenny Campanelli, who ran the kitchen...

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Closed in Mineola: Wong's Noodle House

Cold noodles with sesame sauce served at Wong's

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Wong’s Noodle House in Mineola now belongs to history.

The casual corner spot, just steps away from the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station and Winthrop-University Hospital, opened back in 2009. It served an old-school Chinese menu and, despite its name, didn't offer that extensive a noodle roster.

Still, the restaurant served a fresh spinach noodle dish with shrimp that impressed....

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