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Open in Water Mill: Sabrosa Mexican Grill

Sabrosa Mexican Grill features build-your-own tacos, burritos and

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New to Water Mill is Sabrosa Mexican Grill, where you can build your own taco, burrito, salad or burrito bowl — in the same manner as you'd do at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Similarly, you move down a line, telling servers which meats, vegetables and/or salsas you want included in your dish.

Everything is priced according to proteins: Options include barbacoa, or shredded spiced...

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Antonette's in Bellmore closes

Antonette's Restaurant in Bellmore. (Oct. 4, 2012)

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After almost 10 years of serving Italian fare, Antonette's in Bellmore has closed. The restaurant announced the expiration of its 10-year lease on its Facebook page.

Antonette's Classico in Rockville Centre and Antonette's in East Hills both remain open.

In addition to its traditional Italian-American favorites, Antonette's was known for “Turn Back Tuesdays,” when dishes would be available...

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Garden City Hotel toasts fall with cocktails

The Garden City Hotel 's Polo Lounge welcomes

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At 10:29 p.m. Monday, autumn arrives. And mixologists at The Garden City Hotel's Polo Lounge have a trio of cocktails to celebrate it.

These drinks are the work of restaurant director Orion Berge and restaurant manager Greg Wool. They're served in the hotel's Polo Lounge. You may not mind saying so long to summer.

The “Upstate Jackrabbit” includes 1.5 ounces of tequila, one-half ounce...

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Sushi Republic in New Hyde Park: First bites

Sashimi deluxe, a colorful presentation of raw fish,

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It was an auspicious first visit to Sushi Republic in New Hyde Park, an Asian fusion restaurant that recently took over the former digs of Ara Sushi & Grill. The sprawling space has been made more intimate by pretty wood framing, which offers the illusion of dining nooks. There are also several private party spaces.

Dinner kicked off with a full-bodied hot and sour soup ($4). A shared...

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Open in Woodbury: Krinti Mediterranean Grill

Krinti Mediterranean Grill is new to Woodbury in

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Krinti Mediterranean Grill is serving meze, kebabs, sandwiches and salads in the Woodbury Common shopping center in Woodbury.

The new place is owned by Erol Alkan, whose father, Navim Alkan, owns Chicken Kebab in Roslyn Heights. At this new spot, chef Mevlut Boyaci turns out a repertoire that’s mostly Turkish, with a few Greek dishes.

On the menu: an appetizer sampler, that might include...

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Oktoberfest kicks off at Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square

A German band plays at the Ompahfest, held

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Lederhosen alert.

The festivities for Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square start on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

In Munich, Oktoberfest begins the same day, with the first beer barrel tapped by the mayor midday.

At Plattduetsche, you'll find the house's brew. Kolsch beer is the golden, top-fermented local brew of Cologne. It's similar to a pale ale. Plattduetsche's brew is...

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Grace's Trattoria East in Greenvale: Eat, shop, smile

Pizza with prosciutto, plum tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and

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Between the coffee-and-baked-goods counter and the butcher shop at Grace's Marketplace is this 40-seater for in-house dining. And Grace's Trattoria East is just as tempting and flavorful as everything around it.

Placing a very good little eatery in a gourmet market, of course, allows the shopper to rest before completing a grocery order, and get re-energized, too. Arrive early for breakfast,...

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Long Island restaurants: new reviews

Beef braciola, stuffed with pine nuts and raisins,

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It’s been a good week for pasta. And pastrami.

Peter M. Gianotti awards two stars to Tony Colombos Italian Bistro in Rockville Centre, saying, “This buoyant restaurant keeps the river of red sauce running, adds a few tributaries and leads to some unlikely destinations.”

Joan Reminick also gives two stars to Mama Mia of Northport, where “it’s hard to decide between the fork-tender chicken...

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Ristegio's in North Patchogue launches prix fixe, fall menu

Chef Richard Lanza at work in the kitchen

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Ristegio’s in North Patchogue, which received a three-star review in May, has come out with a new summer-to-fall menu. Chef co-owner Richard Lanza has come up with such items as coriander-crusted Montauk tuna $28, prosciutto-wrapped diver sea scallops ($28) and pan-roasted chicken breast ($19).

The restaurant is also featuring a weekly-changing $29 prix-fixe Sunday to Tuesday nights that might...

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Galleria reopens in Westbury with original owner

The dining room at Galleria Ristorante in Westbury

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Dominick is back.

That's Dominick Zelko, who opened Galleria, an Italian-continental mainstay, in 1984, and operated it until five years ago, when he sold the restaurant.

The popular spot, which once was known as Galleria Dominick, didn't fare too well under new ownership. Zelko now owns it once more. And after three weeks shut so it could be renovated, the “new” Galleria opened this...

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