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20th anniversary prix-fixe at Hemingway's in Wantagh

Hemingway's American Bar and Grill at 1885 Wantagh

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Hemingway’s American Bar & Grill in Wantagh, which opened back in 1994, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a two-course $19.94 prix-fixe dinner. The deal runs from Sept. 29 until Oct. 4.

Chef Nick Hannides’ menu starts with a choice of soup or salad. Then, choose from five main course selections: Blackened mahi mahi, roasted chicken, Yankee pot roast, stuffed boneless pork chop,...

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Long Island restaurants: new reviews

The Davey Gravey burger, served at Old Fields'

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Old Fields, the new Greenlawn branch of the Port Jefferson gastropub. “In a downtown rife with restaurants,” he writes, “the new Old Fields immediately stands out. This is a dining room for everyone, whether you're coming for a burger or filet mignon, a pumpkin spice martini or a chocolate malted.”

Joan Reminick visits Ra-Kang, an attractive...

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Huge sushi place opens in Huntington Station

110 Japan occupies the cavernous Huntington Station space

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The cavernous building across from Walt Whitman Shops that, for years, hosted East Buffet, and, later, Best Buffet, just opened with a new occupant: 110 Japan, a sit-down restaurant. 

Owner Sonny Ling said the extensively remodeled space seats 350. It’s divided into two separate areas, one a sushi restaurant and, the other a Japanese hibachi steakhouse outfitted with 12 tables. In between...

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BBQ contest in Farmingville: Call for entries

Racks of ribs were made ready for judging

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Will Breakstone, Long Island’s most decorated pitmaster, is hosting the Hope on the Hill barbecue competition the weekend of Oct. 11-12 at Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville. Proceeds will benefit the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.

Breakstone organized six springtime WilliePallooza barbecue contests from 2008 to 2013. He took 2014 off while he worked on opening South Shore BBQ in...

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Open in St. James: Spuntino

Spuntino, an offshoot of the Dix Hills original,

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The wood-burning pizza oven is now fired up at the newly opened Spuntino in St. James. So, too, the gas-fired oven. And, from the kitchen, come pastas, parms and panini.

The new place shares both name and family ownership with the Dix Hills  Spuntino, a pizza-pasta restaurant that has been open for about seven years. But, no, it isn’t affiliated with Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas...

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New on the menu at Pretty Toni's Cafe in Valley Stream

A lamb burger with goat cheese is new

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Toni Clifton, chef co-owner of Pretty Toni’s Cafe in Valley Stream, recently updated the menu at her restaurant, which offers a version of soul food that doesn’t include either pork products or large quantities of fat or sugar. The place received a two-and-a-half star review in 2012.

New to the repertoire: Fried tilapia fillets ($16.95), deep-fried whole red snapper ($18.95), a lamb burger...

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Mirabelle in Stony Brook starts local wine dinners

Mirabelle restaurant is located in the Three Village

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Thursday's special at Mirabelle is a three-course dinner paired with local wine.

The Thursday “vine-to-dine” dinners go from Sept. 25 to Nov. 13. The cost is $47 plus tax and tip per person.

Typical items on the special menu include cheese pumpkin soup, roasted Long Island duck with a potato napoleon and pickled ramps, as well as a grape tart with sorbet, paired with the 2011 Cuvee Carnaval...

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Miraj in Williston Park still rocking

At Miraj Healthy Grill in Williston Park, the

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It had been a while since we’d been back to Miraj Healthy Grill, along that particularly fruitful stretch of Hillside Avenue that boasts SriPraPhai, Hildebrandt’s, Fresco Creperie and Sweet to Lick Bakery, among other chow-worthy establishments.

But the four-year-old restaurant is firing on all cylinders. On a Tuesday night, most tables were occupied, many with Farsi speakers. And what looked...

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A slice of life at Blaze Pizza in West Babylon

A pizza that's half Red Vine (fresh mozzarella,

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Blaze Pizza, which opened a short while ago in West Babylon, is the first Long Island branch of a California-based franchise chain. The place has the assembly-line style of Chipotle Mexican Grill, only here, building your own 11-inch pie is the name of the game.  You move down a line, choosing either a signature pie, which is a set option, or else picking your own ingredients from an array...

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Kashi in Syosset: First bites

A toro, or fatty tuna, tasting is among

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Kashi Sushi Lounge in Syosset is the third Kashi to open on Long Island, and it's the showiest yet.

Maybe the crystal chandeliers do it, long and shimmering from the two-story ceiling. Or it could be the waterfall cascading down an artfully marine wall behind the sushi bar. Perhaps it's the food, too.

This glittery Kashi is serious about a certain style. But the Japanese, Asian-fusion,...

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