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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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World Cup deals at Revel in Garden City

Revel in Garden City will be serving desserts

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When the FIFA World Cup 2014 starts on June 12, Revel in Garden City will join in by offering discounts on its bar bites menu and cocktail list.

The 15 percent trim will be in effect during all games, which will be shown on Revel's 10-foot screen situated behind the bar.

Specialty cocktails, repesenting the playing teams, will be $5.

Food choices include sheep's milk ricotta crostini...

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Belmont steaks: Three spots for winners

The porterhouse steak for two is highly recommendable

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After the winner crosses the finish line at the 146th Belmont Stakes, you can count your chromes and head for a local spot  to celebrate. Here are three for win, place and show.

MARBLE MODERN AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE, 230 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park; 516-500-9666

Have the shrimp cocktail or the lobster bisque. Then, move on to the marinated hanger steak, the aged rib-eye or the sirloin...

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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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Long Island desserts fit for Valentine's Day

Revel in Garden City will be serving desserts

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Valentine's Day is big at restaurants on Long Island and almost everywhere else. Here are some that are offering specials for the festivities, especially for dessert.

After the Chateaubriand or steamed lobster for two, decide among the Valrhona chocolate bombe, vanilla cheesecake, mocha creme brulee, or chocolate-covered strawberries at View in Oakdale.

After the coriander-crusted pork...

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Kaji in Garden City: First bites

Spicy tuna dumplings are served at Kaji in

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Kaji is the newest addition to Franklin Avenue's streets of sushi. And it's very good. The bright, sleek, styish spot also takes you on an east-west side-trip. So, if you're not entirely devoted to uncooked fish, you'll eat well, too. Two essential appetizers: duck spring maki, rolls that are shaped like cannoli and taste like Beijing duck; and crunchy, spicy tuna gyoza, atop housemade guacamole...

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Mac & Melts opens in Garden City

Above, Chef Stuart Brown of the new Mac

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Getting cheesy in Garden City is the new Mac & Melts, specializing in all manner of mac and cheese preparations as well as grilled cheese and other sandwich melts. Here, you order at the counter and your food will be brought to you when it’s ready. Chef Stuart Brown, former chef-owner of Fork & Vine in Glen Head, features such menu items as an all-American mac made with American and Cheddar...

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Garden City dining: 5 favorite spots

The smoked barbecue pork belly sliders, seen in

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Franklin Avenue in Garden City holds its own as a certifiable Restaurant Row. Here’s a cross-section of the multinational offerings up and down the street.


, 980 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-294-6565 A Garden City nexus for coal-oven pizza whose crusts stand up to the heartiest of toppings. Try the rich, savory garlic white (ricotta and mozzarella)...

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Otaki Sushi opens in Garden City Park

Otaki Sushi is an Asian-fusion restaurant in Garden

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The Asian-fusion trendlet continues with the opening of Otaki Sushi in Garden City Park, just east of New Hyde Park. Otaki Sushi offers the familiar array of sushi and sashimi, teriyakis and tempuras, traditional and more exotic sushi rolls. But the kitchen also prepares colorful fusion fare such as an eggplant "cha cha" roll, garlic-butter oysters, Cajun pepper tuna salad, and tuna-mango...

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Revel in Garden City: First bites

Arctic char tartare is an appetizer at Revel

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The party has started on Franklin Avenue. Revel, aptly named and jammed on the weekend, is the new attraction on Garden City's restaurant row, cooking in the former site of the Viking Culinary Center. The airy spot is sharp in the look and on the plate. Lots of hard surfaces and a very busy bar make it noisy. But there's a slightly quieter, more traditional  dining area behind the bar. In...

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