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Is Jones Beach an ice-cream-free zone?

At Jones Beach, there's no ice cream, only

There are loads of  exciting new food offerings at Jones Beach and we sampled most of it. Just across the sand from the “regular” concession area is a tent sheltering SmorgasBar, a collection of hip, happening food vendors that represent a delegation from the cult Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg. Enjoy fresh-shucked oysters, hand-cut fries, shockingly fresh nachos, artisanal sausages and more.

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Secret soft shell crabs at Jewel of the Sea, Woodbury

Live, local soft-shell crabs are on sale at

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Right now there are some monster soft-shell crabs for sale at Jewel of the Sea in Woodbury. And not just any crabs. One of Long Island’s most experienced fishmongers, “Captain” Bill Mieschberger, just joined Jewel (owned by Lou Novello), and he brought with him a secret source in Freeport. This fisherman sets traps in the bay, hauls in the blue-claws and keeps them in tanks. As soon as they shed...

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Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack: A toast to summer

Wolffer Estate Vineyard, 139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack, 631-537-5106,

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Wolffer Estate Vineyard welcomes summer with a glass of rose and a "taste of Provence."

The winery recently has released two rose wines. The 2013 Wolffer Rose ($17) finishes dry and has apple and melon notes. Winemaker Roman Roth's 2013 Summer in a Bottle Rose ($24), handsomely bottled and loaded with summer fruit, delivers a harvest of strawberry and peach.

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Open in Islip Terrace: Magic Taco Corp.

Magic Taco Corp. just opened in Islip Terrace

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Magic Taco Corp. is up and running in Islip Terrace. The place is co-owned by two chefs,  Steven Scalesse, recently profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, and Devin Delgado, who cooked at Tullulah’s with Scalesse for years.

“I grew up in Islip Terrace,” said Scalesse, going on to describe a little coffee shop next to an Italian ice place that...

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LI restaurants: this week's reviews

Juicy roasted chicken is a classic main course

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Port Washington is now home to three Latin restaurants owned by El Salvador-born Israel Guzman. Newsday critic Joan Reminick visits them all: Mole Mole Fresh Mexican Grill, Mojito Cafe & Lounge and Mi Ranchito.  We tell you how the three stack up.

In Merrick, The Savoy Tavern has been taken over by chef Kevin Liebov, who “dramatically improves the food with New American flair...

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Local beef on sale at McCall in Cutchogue

Russ McCall is the owner of McCall Ranch

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You've got a beef in Cutchogue.

On the eve of summer, McCall Ranch starts selling its own organic, grass-fed beef at the McCall Wines tasting room on June 20.

The meat, from prized Charolais cattle, is $20 per pound for steak and $10 per pound for ground. There's a limit of two pieces per customer, and orders cannot be placed by phone or online.

The North Fork Food Truck, from...

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Open in Glen Cove: Manka Peruvian Kitchen

Rotisserie chicken at the Manka Peruvian Kitchen in

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New to Glen Cove is Manka Peruvian Kitchen, situated in the strip mall storefront space that last housed Rosticini Italian Grill. Look for it behind Wendy's.

Chef-owner Boris Torres, who came to the U.S. from Peru as a child, grew up in the restaurant business. His family still owns El Anzuelo Fino, a Peruvian restaurant with branches in both Jackson Heights and Woodhaven. But instead of going...

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Hicksville restaurant bans soda

Jay Jadeja, chef/co-owner of West East All Natural

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The subject of the latest email blast from West East All Natural Bar & Bistro is emphatically in caps: NO MORE SODA. This from executive chef Jay Jadeja, who calls soda “a predominant contributor to the obesity and health crisis in our country.”

Jadeja, who was profiled in Newsday's All-Star Chefs series, adds that he and his wife, Raquel, haven’t had soda in over a decade, and their children...

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Hamptons elite restaurant hires 19-year-old chef

Greg Grossman is the new chef at Georgica

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Youth is served at Georgica in Wainscott.

New in the pondside restaurant's sixth season is executive chef Greg Grossman, age 19.

"It's been fantastic," said Grossman, who describes his cooking in the Hamptons as "eclectic American." The chef, who was spurred to his profession via a cookbook by revered Spanish chef Ferran Adria, also sufficiently "bothered" Chicago superchef Grant Achatz...

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Italian restaurants on LI: Whose fault is it?

At Luigi Q in Hicksville, daily specials include

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OK, here we go again. Another Italian restaurant rant.

Last night, a colleague and I had a terrific meal at Luigi Q in Hicksville. Among the highlights: Oyster Bay Cove oysters both raw and "casino'ed" with bacon and, instead of bread crumbs, a vegetable brunoise; linguine Giovaninna, simply, sparely dressed with capers and cherry tomatoes; deep-fried Italian peppers with sea salt and olive...

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