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Trattoria Four Forty Four in Manhasset for fish and gossip

A special of sole oreganata at Trattoria Four

(Credit: Newsday / Marjorie Robins)

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

(Credit: Ursula Moore)

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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New in Bethpage: Madina Kabab House

Kababs come with brown rice strewn with carrots

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Good, no-frills eating defines the new Madina Kabab House in Bethpage. The casual counter-serve offshoot of the nearby Madina Market features a simple Afghani kebab-centric menu.

 We began a recent lunch with potato bolani ($1.99), flaky pastry squares enfolding deftly spiced mashed potatoes. So very comforting. A chicken tikka platter ($8.99) starred two skewers of juicy marinated grilled...

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Sur in Huntington: First bites

Paella alla Valenciana is served at Sur Argentinian

(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)

The colorful cuisine of Argentina arrived in Huntington in 2007 with the opening of the three-star Cafe Buenos Aires. Now comes Sur Argentinian Steakhouse in the space long occupied by Canterbury Ale House.

Two restaurants within blocks of each other, they make downtown Argentina central on an island where the cookery isn't widely represented.

Sur is the offspring of Tango Argentinian...

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South Shore BBQ opens in Patchogue with famed pitmaster

Will Breakstone won the grand prize at the

South Shore BBQ opened Friday evening in the spacious Patchogue digs that used to house Canz Roadhouse. Since Smokin’ Al’s Bay Shore location closed last year, Bobbique in Patchogue has been going it alone on Suffolk’s South Shore, so this is welcome news for local lovers of smoke. But it gets even better: Tending the fire is Will Breakstone.

Breakstone (nom de fume: Willie B.) is Long Island’s...

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Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst relocating

At The Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst, knockwurst is

(Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus)

The Village Lanterne, which has been serving German food in downtown Lindenhurst for the past seven years, will be closing on Monday night. This means that if you’re hankering for sauerbraten or some knockwurst on a pretzel bun, you'd better hurry on over.

This isn't, however, the end of the restaurant, which is under the same ownership as the nearby Black Forest Bakery. Owner Tom Lorch said...

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Spring cocktails mixed at Marble in Floral Park

Bourbon Cobbler, Bouji Davis, and Honey Bunny are

(Credit: Marble Steakhouse)

Marble, the contemporary steakhouse in Floral Park, welcomes the new season with herbaceous, springtime cocktails.

Bar manager Doug Brickel's additions include the "Honey Bunny," with a suggestion of honeysuckle, that's made with vodka, salted honey syrup, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, thyme and lemon; and the "Bourbon Cobbler," a bourbon-based drink with violet-vanilla Creme Yvette liqueur,...

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Long Island Restaurants: New reviews

Crisp and juicy buttermilk fried chicken is served

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

In this week’s Newsday, critic Peter M. Gianotti reviews Painters in Brookhaven, whose first incarnation was ravaged by a fire in 2012. “But it’s back,” he writes, “with a flavorful, all-purpose menu, if not the old pool table” and chef Luis Marin, “an energized orchestra leader in the open kitchen, turning out a wide variety of casual dishes.”

Critic Joan Reminick visits Rockville Centre’s...

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Chow Down Diner in Bethpage: First Bites

Pan-crisped teriyaki chicken dumplings at the Chow Down

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

On a recent evening, dinner at the retro-contemporary new Chow Down Diner in Bethpage proved a success, both in terms of food and service. 

For starters, chef Steven Del Lima's savory pan-crisped chicken teriyaki dumplings ($8.95) rivaled those recalled from fine Asian restaurants. A terrific matzo ball soup ($4.95)  starred a huge Gibraltar of a matzo ball, surprisingly light and...

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Bahama Breeze at Smith Haven Mall: First bites

Wood-grilled salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and green

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Sitting down to dinner at the tropically themed new Bahama Breeze Island Grille at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove was anything but a breeze one recent evening. The wait at the Florida-based chain ran about 45 minutes.

When seated, at last, I ordered a “skinny” mojito. “You don’t want that,” I was told by a very chipper server, who relayed opinions of the low-cal drink given by other customers....

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