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Monsoon, Babylon: Chinese new year, $35 special

Monsoon, Newsday's top-ranked fine-dining restaurant of 2012, is

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Monsoon, Newsday's top-ranked fine-dining restaurant of 2012, celebrates the Chinese lunar new year with a $35 fixed-price menu on Saturday and Sunday. The Year-of-the-Snake special will be available after 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9; and from 5 p.m. to closing on Sunday, Feb. 10. Chef Michael Wilson's menu includes any appetizer and main dish from the Asian restaurant's regular menu and house-made...

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McDonald's launches Fish McBites Happy Meal

McDonald's Fish McBites are part of a new

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The hottest new thing at the Golden Arches is Fish McBites Happy Meals, the first Happy Meal launch in a decade. Fish McBites are cute. And crunchy. And really little — each of these heavily breaded deep-fried spheres of Alaska pollack is around the size of a grape tomato. Kids might, in fact, think of them as big pieces of popcorn. To a grown-up, though, they may hardly be worth eating. Way too...

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Fox Hollow, Woodbury: Whole lotta love

People dine at Rare650 restaurant in Syosset. (Jan.

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The Inn at Fox Hollow and Rare650 restaurant are a couple for Valentine's Day,  for an overnight stay, a dinner credit and breakfast for two. Their "romance packages" start at $239 per night, with overnight stay and breakfast. The Rare650 package starts at $379 and includes a night in a suite at Fox Hollow, a $150 dinner credit to be used for two at Rare650 and transportation to...

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Lemon Leaf Thai Cuisine, Smithtown: Closed

This is the former Lemon Leaf Thai Cuisine

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Lemon Leaf Thai Cuisine in downtown Smithtown has closed. The modest-looking place, which opened last summer, didn't make it to its first anniversary. Lemon Leaf was affiliated with Lemon Leaf Thai Restaurant in Mineola, which remains open.  ...

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Riverbay closes in Williston Park

A seafood platter at Riverbay restaurant in Williston

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This past Saturday night, the final steamed lobster was served at Riverbay, a longtime seafood destination on Willis Avenue in Williston Park. The restaurant is now part of local history. Riverbay’s owner, Dean Poll, who also owns The Boathouse in Central Park, said he is currently too busy in Manhattan to think about reprising Riverbay elsewhere, but, he added, “If I found the right property, ...

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A chocolate-wasabi challenge

Chocwasabi's chocolate-covered wasabi peas may -- or may

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Last week, I posted a r

ant about a new Lindt dark chocolate bar made with wasabi. I compared its flavor to “a Band-Aid with mustard” and posed the question: “Could there be any reason on earth to combine chocolate with wasabi, a root whose flavor is somewhere between horseradish and mustard?” “I believe so,” came an emailed response from Darren Polish, president of the Los Angeles-based...

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Kasper's Original Hot Dogs, Northport: Closed

The "Chicago" dog at The Original Kasper's in

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The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs in Northport has closed, soon to be replaced by a “Mexican concept” restaurant. The wiener-focused eatery, under the same ownership as Nina's Pizzeria,  has already been through two openings and as many closings since its 2011 debut. Franco La Rocca, executive chef for Nina’s, Kasper’s and its soon-to-hatch replacement, said that the hot dog-themed place across...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Havana Central: This big, bold, brassy eatery pays

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Critic Peter M. Gianotti made his way this week to The Basil Leaf Cafe Ristorante in Locust Valley and awarded it two stars. He says the Italian fare put forth by the kitchen is “a competitor with many of its nearby rivals in Glen Cove.'' He calls the pappardelle with  sausage ragu and porcini mushroom “husky and assertive.'' For a taste of  “Cuba before the revolution,''  mojitos,...

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Weekend picks: Super Bowl eats

This Super Bowl will be the first ever

Before the Ravens and the 49ers take the field, you should find your seat. Here are three choices. Willy Parkers American Bar & Grill suits the spectacle with chicken wings seven ways, from Buffalo to Thai chili. Burgers: beef, turkey, salmon, bison, chicken varieties. And you can bite into a Cuban sandwich or Philly cheesesteak, too. The Main Event in Plainview kicks in with "field goal...

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