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Irish whiskey dinner at Rothmann's in East Norwich

Jameson Irish Whiskey: One of the most popular

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Four Irish whiskeys will be poured and paired with an eclectic menu at a dinner at Rothmann's in East Norwich Friday, March 28.

Guest speaker Sean Brown, representing the distilleries, will discuss the flavors, styles and production of the whiskeys, as well as their history.

The cost: $95 plus tax and tip. It starts at 7 p.m.

Nori-seared diver scallops will be matched with Green...

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Pico Tequila in Bay Shore: First bites

Fish taco and pork carnita taco at Pico

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A recent lunch at the new Pico Tequila Grill in Bay Shore was a sweet affair — in some ways, a bit too sweet.

The restaurant, which occupies the former home of Smokin’ Al’s Famous BBQ Joint, is a hip-looking knockout done with reclaimed barn wood and brick, which serves as a canvas for colorful wall art. Chef co-owner John Pellegrino's inexpensive Mexican-accented menu looks intriguing.


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Smithtown restaurant week deals to March 30

The warm-toned dining room invites conversation at Casa

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Smithtown restaurant week runs through Sunday, March 30, with promotional $27.95 fixed-price dinners.

The event is sponsored by the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce.

Participating restaurants include Casa Rustica in Smithtown, Perfecto Mundo in Commack, Espana Tapas & Wine Bar in St. James, and San Marco in Hauppauge.

For a complete listing visit the Chamber's web site.






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Open in Amityville: Carolyn's Cuisine for soul food

Carolyn's Cuisine serves soul food in the former

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Baked, fried and stewed chicken, along with turkey meat loaf and fried whiting are just some of the dishes served at Carolyn’s Cuisine, a soul food restaurant that just opened in the former Amityville digs of Sweet & Spicy.

What you won’t find on the menu, though, is pork. Owner Joan Carolyn Thompson,  who also is a certified nursing assistant, said she feels that pork is not the...

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Hamptons Restaurant Week dining deals

The Plaza Cafe's grilled Montauk swordfish with sweet

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The 12th annual Hamptons Restaurant week is under way with the expected fixed-price dinners. Separately, The Plaza Cafe in Southampton is doing its own version.

Restaurant week, on the East End and elsewhere, typically features a limited selection of dishes on the prix-fixe. Three-course dinners are available for $19.95 and/or $27.95 all night. The participants include stellar spots such as:...

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Ahuva’s Grill shines in Hewlett

Every meal at Ahuva's Grill in Hewlett starts

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They had me at the free salad. Even before ordering, every diner at Ahuva’s Grill in Hewlett receives a selection of fresh, vibrant salads. Today’s offerings: cabbage salad, corn salad, chickpea salad and beet salad.

A friend who works in the Five Towns suggested we meet at Ahuva’s for lunch. I’m an ardent supporter of Ahuva’s Grill Express, the restaurant’s shwarma-specialist offshoot in...

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Starbucks: not jammin'

San Francisco's La Boulange Cafe & Bakery supplies

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It was only six months ago that Starbucks introduced a new line of baked goods from La Boulange Café & Bakery in San Francisco, improving on previous food choices.

These days, when I grab something to eat with my morning coffee, it’s usually a plain croissant which, while not quite Parisian, is about as flaky and buttery as it gets for 240 calories. Trouble is, there’s no jam, jelly or...

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Open in Commack: Dori Korean Restaurant

Dori is the latest in a long line

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Dori Korean Restaurant succeeds Ko Gu Ryo in a peak-roofed Commack building that’s hosted a long line of Korean dining spots.

Owner Sean Kim described the cuisine as both Korean and Korean-Chinese, which he defined as Chinese food that's been adapted to Korean tastes. Chef Y.H. Kim is in the kitchen — and, in fact, has been in that same kitchen through several of the building’s previous incarnations.


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Trattoria Four Forty Four in Manhasset for fish and gossip

A special of sole oreganata at Trattoria Four

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I got more than a main course of sole oreganata at Trattoria Four Forty Four in Manhasset the other night. Squeezed into a small space with tables for two only inches apart, I heard the gossip on the dogs and kids of people I’ll probably never see again. We shared pizza preferences, veterinarian recommendations, theories on the missing Malaysian jetliner and the woes of politics at a local attorney’s...

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Chili Cookoff at Clovis Point in Jamesport

Doug Gannon, of Stony Brook, made his beef

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Now that it’s less chilly, why not head Out East and enjoy some chili? On Sunday, Clovis Point Wines in Jamesport is holding its third annual Great Chili Cookoff.

Five chefs — Lia Fallon (The Riverhead Project), Tom Schaudel (A Lure in Southold, A Mano in Mattituck, Jewel in Melville), Noah Schwartz (Noah’s in Greenport), Erik Brown (Erik’s Breakfast & Lunch in Southold) and Christopher...

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