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Tres Palms in Babylon: First bites

Tres Palms restaurant in Babylon. (Sept. 2012)

Summer has slipped into fall, but Tres Palms holds onto warm days year-round. You'd expect that from a spot that takes its name from a surfing destination in Puerto Rico.

The new restaurant, perched at the Hi-Hook Fishing Station marina, offers a view of Great South Bay and a sunny style to go with its New American-traditional American menu.

Try the good New England-style clam chowder...

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Artie's in Island Park: Doing swimmingly

So pretty, the tuna tartare at Artie's South

(Credit: Joan Reminick)

It had been way too long since I’d last eaten at Artie’s South Shore Fish & Grill, the Island Park fish market/fish house whose owner, Artie Hoernig, nets some of what he sells and serves. Hoernig  first launched the market in 1974, adding the restaurant in 1999.

A recent lunch for two began with a fresh, generous tuna tartare ($9.95), cubes of just-cut raw tuna in a Vidalia onion...

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Tres Palms opens in Babylon

A wave topples a surfer at Ditch Plains

(Credit: Rob Rich / Society Allure.com)

Named for a point break in Puerto Rico popular with surfers, Tres Palms has glided into Babylon, with a view of Great South Bay.

Owner Danny O'Donnell says the new, "coastal dining," waterside restaurant offers local  seafood as well as landfare, with main dishes in the $26-$39 range. Pan-roasted fluke, pan-seared tuna, steamed lobster; pan-roasted loin of lamb, grilled buffalo...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Turquoise of Great Neck is on Middle Neck

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Peter Gianotti visits Turquoise in Great Neck, which recently moved from a tight space near the LIRR station to bigger, brighter digs on Middle Neck Road. The kitchen remains "devoted to seafood, carefully and simply prepared. After a course or two, you're hooked."

Joan Reminick reviews the stylish new Hoshi Sushi & Hibachi in Patchogue, where kitchen offerings such as tofu teriyaki...

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Legal Sea Foods in Huntington Station: Oysterfest plus

The exterior of Legal Sea Foods in the

(Credit: Howard Schnapp, 2009)

The fourth annual oyster festival is under way at Legal Sea Foods in Huntington Station. It will continue until Oct. 16.

Expect to find oyster stew, fried oysters, an oyster po'boy, oyster-and-sausage jambalaya and a raw bar with six varieties of the bivalve.

They've revised the regular menu at the eatery off Walt Whitman Shops, too. But you still can enjoy the New England-style clam...

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Blue Canoe: Lunch at Greenport’s newest waterside spot

At Blue Canoe in Greenport, cavatappi pasta is

(Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus)

Out on the North Fork last week, I stopped by the newly opened Blue Canoe in Greenport, which takes over the waterside spot long occupied by the Chowderpot Pub. This is one of the nicest outdoor perches in Greenport, with views of the Peconic Bay and Shelter Island. But it was so hot and muggy that we just ate indoors.

The Blue Canoe’s ship-shape interior is sleek but casual, with an upended...

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Legal Sea Foods comes through with the chowder

The exterior of Legal Sea Foods in the

(Credit: Howard Schnapp, 2009)

I’d told my book club I’d make clam chowder for our meeting. The soup figured, albeit slightly, in the book we'd read: “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach. But who was I kidding? As the day in question loomed, I conceded that I had neither the time nor the inclination to make clam chowder for 10 and transport it to the meeting. (Click here and here for some other book-club inspired food adventures.)


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This week’s restaurant reviews

Executive chef and owner Douglas Gulija opened The

(Credit: Doug Young)

In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti awards 3½ stars to Southampton’s reborn Plaza Café and declares it “the best seafood house on Long Island.” The restaurant opened in 1997 and, over the past few months, owner Douglas Gulija “revised the style, renovated the look, relaxed the cuisine. The unbound result is better in every way.”

Joan Reminick has a less life-changing experience at the newest...

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Turquoise in Great Neck: First bites

Fried red mullet at Turquoise in Great Neck.

(Credit: Newsday/Peter Gianotti)

Relocated to a larger space, Turquoise now is among the big fish in Great Neck.

It's a stylish, contemporary Mediterranean spot, with Middle Eastern notes and a near-total  emphasis on seafood. And much of the catch is very good.

Enjoy the gratis tahini and tzatziki. Try the bony, flavorful fried red mullet or the whole, grilled striped bass. Sample an Israeli salad that takes in...

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Turquoise in Great Neck swims into fancy digs

Whole red tilapia served at Turquoise restaurant in

(Credit: Newsday/Marjorie Robins)

Used to be that the tail on your whole grilled fish almost reached into the plate of the person sitting at the table next to you. But now the sliver of a restaurant called Turquoise has moved from its tiny digs across from the Great Neck train station into a spacious spot on the village's main drag, Middle Neck Road.

The relocated restaurant, which took over the space of the once-popular Classico,...

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