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Tony Colombos in Rockville Centre: First bites

Rice balls filled with beef ragu and peas

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Tony Colombos, full of good feeling and Italian-American favorites, is the newest entry in Long Island's most-competitive cuisine.

The restaurant, on the former site of Cielo, keeps the red sauce flowing and makes some tasty additions to the familiar repertoire. You'll like it.

Try the rice balls, filled with beef ragu and sweet peas, set on tomato sauce. Sample the fennel salad, updated...

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Sesame noodles at Din Din in Syosset

Cold sesame noodles are one of the starters

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I was overcome with a yen for cold sesame noodles and, in the dim recesses of my brain, I recalled having a good experience at one of the incarnations of the Chinese restaurant that sits at 6600 Jericho Tpke. in Syosset. Was it way back when it was Empire Szechuan Gourmet? Or was it at one of ESG’s successors: Tao, Dao or Ao? Since May the restaurant has been rechristened Din Din, and that’s where...

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Joe's Garage and Grill setting up winery food stand

Tokyo Drift sliders (pictured), steamed Asian buns, enfolding

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Every Saturday and Sunday through the fall, Joe’s Garage and Grill of Riverhead (recently named one of Newsday's top 10 gastropubs and top 100 restaurants)  will have a food stand set up outside the tasting room of Macari Vineyards in Cutchogue. Weather permitting, of course. (Macari Vineyards was recently named the state's "winery of the year" at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic).


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Open in Hewlett: Istanbul Grill & Bar

Adana kebab is one of many Turkish specialties

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Istanbul Grill & Bar is serving hummus, falafel and shish kebab in the Hewlett space that formerly hosted Mermaid.

According to owner Aydener Aykanat, the place has a liquor license and also offers local delivery. In charge of the kitchen is chef Yasar Ilik, who formerly cooked at Chicken Kebab in Roslyn Heights.

Here's some items from the menu: Babaganoush, or eggplant salad ($6.75),...

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Texas Taco in Sayville: Soggy saga

Fire Island tacos, made with shrimp, salsa, cabbage

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Texas Taco opened earlier this summer in Sayville, serving a Tex-Cal-Mex assortment of tortilla-based dishes: tacos, nachos, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, wraps and taco salads.

On a recent visit, I ordered the Fire Island tacos ($9.95) from the “specialty trio taco” menu and was presented with a very pretty troika of soft-corn tortillas, each cradling cabbage slaw, salsa, shrimp and chipotle...

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Top 10 BBQ joint loses pitmaster

Pitmaster Will Breakstone (pictured, on April 19, 2014,

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Will Breakstone, the competition champ pitmaster known as Willie B, has parted ways with South Shore BBQ Company in Patchogue, which opened back in March. The restaurant made Newsday's Top 100 list in the category of barbecue restaurants.

Current pitmaster Brian Chichester said he came on board in May and that he worked with Breakstone. Previously, Chichester was smoking ribs and brisket at...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Classic spaghetti carbonara is rich and satisfying at

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Garden City’s Gallery at Westbury Plaza. A wide selection of wines (by the bottle, glass and even a few on tap) is accompanied by a small-plates menu ranging from cheese and cured meats to pizzas, “compelling” bruschettas, pastas and salads and “tender, delectable grilled marinated lamb chops.”

Peter M....

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Vitae in Huntington hosts Spanish wine dinner

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Spanish wines will highlight a dinner at Vitae in Huntington on Aug. 20.

The cost of the Wednesday night wine-pairing dinner is $75 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Chef Keith Davidson's menu included a Spanish-style seafood salad, matched with the 2012 Protocolo Bianco; roast suckling pig, with the 2009 Sierra Cantabria Crianza; and sirloin steak...

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Open in East Rockaway: Althouse 1848

Althouse 1848 is East Rockaway's newest gastropub in

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Althouse 1848 is new to the restaurant scene in East Rockaway. The bi-level gastropub occupies a landmark structure that dates back to 1848. On the ground level, there's a bar and outdoor patio; a dining room with another bar occupies the second floor.

In charge of the kitchen is Franco Maffettone, who was corporate chef for the Uncle Jack’s Steakhouses in Manhattan and Bayside. He also cooked...

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Fire sidelines Poco Loco in Roslyn

Poco Loco in Roslyn on May 5, 2013.

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Devotees of Poco Loco, a Mexican restaurant in Roslyn, will have to wait a few weeks before returning for a fajita-and-Margarita fix.

The casual, colorful spot recently had a kitchen fire. Harendra Singh, president of the Singh Hospitality Group, which owns Poco Loco, said that it is undergoing  renovation (mostly in the kitchen) and should soon be opening in a “new and improved” state.


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