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'Mad Men' and Don Draper's old fashioned: Finding the cocktail on LI

16. Don Draper: Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" portrait-in-black

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The mixology of "Mad Men" takes in the Gibson and the Gimlet, the Manhattan and the screwdriver, the whiskey sour and the Tom Collins.

But the drink you most often envision Don Draper making and downing is an Old Fashioned.

It's a classic cocktail, one that lent its name to a specific glass. The drink is traditionally made with rye, but now just as often with bourbon.

The "Mr....

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Combat the polar vortex: Dine by a fireplace

Franina in Syosset

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Feel cold yet?

Find a good restaurant with a fireplace. Here are four choices (moderate to expensive in price) that will do the job better than a hot toddy. Ask for a table near the hearth.

Franina in Syosset warms you with a fireplace as well as its savory Italian food. Try the osso buco, the rib-eye, red snapper oreganata, mascarpone cheesecake. The fireplace is in the main dining...

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Weekend picks: Marching on

A group of friends finishes dinner at Dodici

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Get ready for March wind, March madness and the march of the latest trend. Here are three restaurants to brace you on a cool night, make an easy transition toward spring, and keep the latest buzz comfortably in check.

Barney's in Locust Valley has been a local landmark for decades. It's a cozy, New England-style spot. Try the crabcake with lemon-caper emulsion, seared duck breast and confit-style...

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Basil Leaf in Locust Valley: First bites

Sliced sirloin steak at the Basil Leaf Cafe

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Call it basilico.

In its latest life, this cozy establishment is The Basil Leaf Cafe Ristorante. Owner Vito Patronelli has transformed the place.

In appearance, it's similar to what any visitor over the years remembers. Basil Leaf still looks like a handsome, local gathering spot, with two separate dining rooms, one more rustic, the other more refined.

Very good Italian food defines...

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Heirloom Tavern opens in Glen Head

Tammy Vorrasi of Brookville, Kristy Russell of Oyster

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Kent Monkan, whose restaurant The Brass Rail is a popular destination in Locust Valley, has just opened a gastropub in Glen Head.

Heirloom Tavern, which opened Saturday,  moved into the site at the railroad station vacated last year by Fork & Vine. Before he opened The Brass Rail, Monkan operated the New American spot, Heirloom, at the Locust Valley address.

He termed Heirloom...

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St. Patrick’s Day: Planning ahead

Loafers Bakery and Gourmet Shoppe in Locust Valley

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Loafers Bakery and Gourmet always does a brisk business with its St. Patrick’s Day specialties. On March 15, 16 and 17,  the family-run Locust Valley bakery-takeout-caterer will be offering a complete holiday dinner that includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread, costs $15.95 and is enough for one to two people.

Among other Hibernian treats, shamrock butter...

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