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The Refuge in Melville: First bites

The Refuge takes over the Melville space that

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When Four Food Studio opened in 2005, it immediately changed dining out along Route 110, for decades the Death Valley of restaurants.

Now, its successor, The Refuge Food & Spirit, may do the same.

Almost no trace of Four remains. This has been a truly extreme makeover, turning the modern-to-futurisic dining areas into the equivalent of a Latin American-Italian movie set for a spaghetti...

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Long Island's 10 best seafood restaurants

Grilled Montauk swordfish is served with sweet sausage

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Newsday's "Eat Here Now," top-100 restaurant series continues this week with the 10 best seafood houses.

You put up with a lot of limp fried calamari and overcooked, farmed salmon before making the big catch. These 10 make up for all the overdone broiled seafood platters and stuffed flounders.

The 2014 list includes places as different from each other as the casual restaurant and market, ...

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Black & Blue reopening in Huntington after fire

Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse will welcome July with good news: It's reopening

The downtown Huntington restaurant has been closed for six weeks following a kitchen fire, which started in the ductwork. There were no injuries from the May 17 blaze.  In addition to the kitchen, the dining area has been renovated.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. on July 1.

Black & Blue Seafood...

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H2O in Smithtown: First bites

"Spicy tuna crispy rice sliders" are served at

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New name. New chef. New style.

Welcome to H2O Seafood & Sushi, the fish house remade. This had been H2O Seafood Grill. Under chef Wayne Cafariella, it's a tasty combination of traditional fare, updates, and a renewed emphasis on the uncooked.

Very good choices include fried oysters with sauce remoulade; the generous lobster bake, with clams, chorizo sausage, corn on the cob and fingerling...

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Closed in Huntington: Buoy One

Buoy One in Huntington.

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Buoy One on Main Street in Huntington has closed. The offshoot of a Riverhead restaurant, which also has a Westhampton branch, opened last spring but didn't quite make it to a year.

The restaurant got 1-1/2 stars in an August 2013 Newsday review that observed “it’s fully possible to get a great meal. Or a mediocre one.” There was praise for a clam chowder “more brothy than creamy, filled with...

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Open in Port Washington: Aquarelle 45

Linguini with clams at the new Aquarelle 45

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Aquarelle 45 has taken over the former Port Washington digs of Marino’s on the Bay. The newly renovated spot offers waterfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as 25 docking slips.

Chef Anthony Sanzone’s Mediterranean-influenced menu, which emphasizes seafood, includes such items as grilled octopus ($19), crab croquettes ($15), linguine with clams ($19), grilled lamb chops ($42)...

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Reel opens in East Rockaway with reality TV chef

Adam Goldgell, 47, a St. James resident and

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In East Rockaway, Reel replaces The Fishery, a waterside restaurant that had been pretty much destroyed by superstorm Sandy. In April, the place reopened in limited fashion and was still called The Fishery, but recently changed both its name and sign. Under the aegis of executive chef Adam Goldgell, it is now fully functioning. Goldgell, who was chef co-owner of the former Hog House BBQ in Huntington...

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Food Network's Oceanside restaurant makeover

Newly rebuilt Michael's Porthole in Oceanside. (2013)

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Rocco DiSpirito is coming to the rescue. On Thursday, Dec, 5 at 10 p.m., you can watch as another Long Island restaurant get a TV makeover — this time on Food Network’s “A Restaurant Divided” with culinary personality DiSpirito running the show. As executive chef Michael Rodonis Jr. tells it, his family’s Oceanside restaurant, Michael’s Porthole, was hard hit by superstorm Sandy. DiSpirito and...

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H2O in Smithtown offers wine, food specials for anniversary

The "Millenium Style" pan-seared lobster is an indulgent

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Celebrating its 12th anniversary, H2O Seafood Grill in Smithtown is offering a three-course, fixed-price $40 dinner and half-price wines from Monday to Nov. 24. The wine discounts apply to bottles that ordinarily cost $24 to $450. The wines on the list of more than 100 include Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Cristal Champagne. And for $10, diners may order unlimited glasses of wine...

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The Shack brings "clams & chaos" to Huntington

The Shack is up and running in Huntington.

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With an awning that reads “Clams & Chaos,” The Shack makes its entrance onto the Huntington eating scene. The place is a full-service, year-round spinoff of the original Centerport version of The Shack, which only offers outdoor seating and closes when the weather gets cool. Owner Mace Colodny described it as a “Continental seafood restaurant” that’s “brutally casual” with a convenient location...

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