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Toast & Tapas closes in Syosset

The exterior of Toast & Tapas in Syosset.

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Toast & Tapas brought to Syosset an unconventional mix: pancakes and omelets in the morning, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and for dinner, a roster of small plates. The place is now closed.

It was situated in a building that had been born a Friendly’s but had since housed a diverse assortment of occupants, among them 516 Americana, 516, Moules et Frites, Ohana Luau, Umi, Asia Palace,...

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Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar opens in Garden City

Plancha Tapas & Wine Bar is the Garden

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Plancha Tapas and Wine Bar is newly uncorked in the Garden City space that last housed Upper Crust Cafe. The place is under the same ownership as Salumi in Massapequa.

Co-owner Joshua Kobrin said that plancha is the Spanish word for a big flat-top steel grill. Just such a grill is situated behind the bar and turns out many of the dishes on the menu of chef Giuseppe Agostino, former sous chef...

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Tullulah's, Bay Shore, is reborn

Tullulah's in Bay Shore returns after a major

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Tullulah’s in Bay Shore, which has been closed for nine months, reopens Thursday,  Aug. 8, following a major makeover and growth spurt.

“We went from 600 to 3600 square feet,” said chef-owner Steven Scalesse, whose wife, Nicole Scalesse, is responsible for the restaurant's redesign. Now the place has two separate dining rooms, a front room and a bar area as well as outdoor seating.

Scalesse...

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Jetty Bar & Grill replaces Bahia in Long Beach

Jetty Bar & Grill in Long Beach is

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Jetty Bar & Grill, the post-Sandy reincarnation of Bahia Social Club, opened last night in Long Beach's still-recovering West End.

Bahia’s original owners Mike Orza and John Rugolsky have been joined by partner Chris Fiumara. According to Fiumara, the place has been entirely revamped, with a “beachy feel,” a raised ceiling and a communal table made out of reclaimed wood and rails from...

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Uva Rossa, Malverne: New for small plates

This is the new Uva Rossa, a wine

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Uva Rossa — Italian for red grape — is the name of the wine bar and small plates restaurant that opened last night in the Malverne space that, for over 30 years, hosted Cork N Board.

Chef owner Antonio Bove, who hails from Caserta, near Naples, also owns  Il Villagio Trattoria Italiana, as well as Antonio's Italian American Deli, both also in Malverne.

Bove said that at Uva Rossa,...

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BlonDee's Bistro, Huntington, does dinner

Thai chicken lettuce wraps at BlonDee's Bistro in

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When Two Blondes and a Stove morphed into BlonDee’s Bistro & Bar, owner Dena Fenza and executive chef Michael Hansen added a dinner menu of small plates to the breakfast and lunch options.

On a recent night, I stopped in for dinner. Having had breakfast and lunch there before, my expectations were generally high.

And generally unmet. Kobe beef sliders, requested rare, were cooked...

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BlonDee's Bistro & Bar, Huntington: Open for 3 meals

BlonDee's Bistro in Huntington has closed.

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Today marks the launch of BlonDee’s Bistro & Bar, the 2013 remake of  the former Two Blondes & a Stove.

Owner Dena Fenza said the place — which used to offer only breakfast and lunch — now serves a dinner menu of small plates and entrees Wednesday to Sunday nights. At 5 p.m., a whole new mood is set with candlelight and cloth napkins. There’s also a full bar. Some nights, live...

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Hemisphere debuts in Bay Shore

Chef Jeffery Slade plating a dish at The

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New to the nightlife scene in Bay Shore is Hemisphere, a supper club with a New American small plates menu from chef Jeffery Slade. Previously, Slade cooked at the former Farmhouse restaurant in Greenport and, more recently, Madison’s in Williston Park.

Hemisphere co-owner Chris Cox speaks of a sophisticated cocktail menu as well as a changing roster of musical performers — mainly jazz and...

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Salumi, Massapequa: Lunch triumph

Empanada with pork and ginger at Salumi in

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

A recent lunch at Salumi Tapas & Wine Bar uplifted an afternoon. These days, co-owner Lilly Karanova is also executive chef, and she’s clearly doing something right.

From the roster of small plates, a friend and I shared roasted Brussels sprouts, which were deeply flavorful rather than harshly cabbage-y, plated, in harmonious contrast, with chestnut cream lightly sweetened with pepper...

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Toast & Tapas, Syosset: New chef, revised menu

Zane Smith takes over as executive chef at

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Zane Smith has taken over as executive chef at the new Toast & Tapas Neighborhood Bistro in Syosset. Smith, who worked and studied with both Wolfgang Puck and Gary Danko in California, also cooked at Wild Honey in Oyster Bay and Wild Harvest in Glen Cove.

Smith's revised dinner menu features, among small plates, filet mignon brochettes with lemon orzo ($14), Bayou crabcakes ($13) and golden...

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