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Reborn in St. James: Barbera Pasta e Vino

Prosciutto is an essential ingredient in the repertoire

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Those with memories of the St. James restaurant scene about a decade back may recall Barbera, a quiet, elegant little Italian spot that opened in 2001 and closed in 2005. Now, it's returned as Barbera Pasta e Vino, making its new home in the former digs of Istanbul Cafe.  

For the past nine years, said co-owner Barbara Manougian, she and her chef husband, Jon, were living in Florida,...

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Open in Farmingdale: Hush Bistro

"The Burger" at Hush Bistro in Farmingdale is

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Marc Anthony Bynum has come home. The Farmingdale-born chef, who has cooked all over Long Island, won Food Network’s Chopped (twice) and consulted in kitchens throughout the NYC metro area, has opened his own restaurant in his own hometown. Called Hush Bistro, it started serving farm-to-table fare Thursday, right on Main Street.

Bynum, named a Newsday all-star chef when he was running the...

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Bonefish Grill in Rockville Centre: First bites

Ceviche with warm tortilla chips served at Bonefish

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Sleek, contemporary good looks are one lure at the new Bonefish Grill in Rockville Centre. So, too, are valet parking and polished, professional service. True, the place is part of a huge national chain, one that’s already spawned another branch in Lake Grove. But this is, at least, a chain that’s figured out how to reel people in with the promise of gracious dining at moderate prices.

A recent...

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Morrison’s tavern burger, a mixed bag in Plainview

The "tavern burger" at Morrison's in Plainview is

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I’ve been eating a lot of burgers lately, with varying degrees of success. Oh, who am I kidding, with very little success. Overdone, over-bunned, underdone, tasteless, topped with unworthy salad fixin's, accompanied by frozen fries. I’ve yet to find one I can really get behind.

Last night’s “tavern burger” at Morrison’s in Plainview was better than most. The meat itself, which the menu says...

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Closed in Port Jefferson: Mesita Coastal Grill

Mesita Coastal Cantina, Port Jefferson: Serving frozen Margaritas,

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Well, that didn’t last long. Mesita Coastal Cantina opened in May and is now shuttered. The restaurant, in the Port Jefferson space that previously operated as  Tequila Jacks, was co-owned by Eric Goldberg and Matt McBride and specialized in frozen Margaritas, ceviche and tamales.

The space has been taken over by the owners of Brewology, the Speonk gastropub that opened in July. Roger...

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Open in West Babylon: AlaTurca Mediterranean Restaurant

AlaTurca Mediterranean Restaurant is new and mainly Turkish

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You'll find lunch, dinner and, believe it or not, breakfast at the new AlaTurca Mediterranean Restaurant on Rte. 109. The table-service restaurant serves a mostly Turkish repertoire in the former West Babylon digs of Classic American.

Owner Birnur Itil said that husband Akin Ay is executive chef - and comes from a family of chefs. Ay has also owned several full-service restaurants on the coast...

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First bites: Akebono Fusion Sushi in Huntington

Sushi platter at Akebono Sushi Fusion in Huntington

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Akebono Fusion Sushi, situated in the former Huntington digs of Azuma, doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor: a few wooden booths, some tables and a sushi bar within an oddly shaped freestanding building on Broadway Greenlawn.

On a recent dinner visit, sushi proved a strong suit, with a “fantasy” roll ($14.95) — spicy tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado and fresh jalapeño — working...

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Open in Hampton Bays: Out of the Blue Seafood

Out of the Blue Seafood is a fish

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Out of the Blue Seafood, a fish market, seafood wholesaler and eatery, has taken over the former Hampton Bay digs of Brewsters Seafood Market.

Here, you can order at the counter and eat at a cafe table or, in good weather, at an outdoor picnic table. You can also get prepared food to go.

Currently, the place is running a Monday-to-Thursday lobster “twofer” wherein you get two 1-1/4 pound...

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Claudio's in Glen Cove now Ristorante Da Claudio

Claudio's, Glen Cove: Co-owners Claudio Zustovich and son

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What was known as Claudio's in Glen Cove has changed its name to Ristorante Da Claudio.

The action followed an allegation of trademark infringement by Claudio's, the seafood restaurant in Greenport.

Ristorante Da Claudio is in the former location of La Pace With Chef Michael, which succeeded the landmark La Pace there.

Ristorante Da Claudio earned a two-star rating in Newsday in...

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Open in Port Washington: O'Hara's Ale House & Grill

O'Hara's Ale House & Grill opened in Novemeber

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O'Hara's Ale House & Grill has opened in the Port Washington space that used to house J.T. Bullitt. The new establishment, owned by Thomas O'Hara and Ken DeNicola, has an impressive beer lineup, with about 30 brews on tap including four Irish imports (O'Hara's and Smithwick's red ales, Killian's red lager, Murphy's stout) and Magners Irish cider.

The menu, created by chef Jonathan Chevlin,...

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