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Closed in New Hyde Park: Fiza Family Diner

Fiza Family Diner is a new Indian-Pakistani-Bangladeshi restaurant

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

The Fiza Family Diner in New Hyde Park was a simply decorated spot serving up the flavors of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at bargain prices. It opened last summer but didn’t last out the year.

The eatery received a two-star rating in November 2013. A dish that exemplified the allure of the place was the achari aloo kati roll — “warm flaky parartha bread cradling a spicy-savory potato filling...

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Fresco Creperie hits the spot in Williston Park

Dessert offerings at Fresco Creperie & Cafe in

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

It was 8:30 on Friday night, and I’d had a long week. I was craving something sweet (like chocolate) but also something substantial enough to stand in for dinner. I headed to Hildebrandt’s on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park for an ice-cream soda at the counter, but my heart wasn’t in it: It was cold out and Hildebrandt’s has no vestibule.

Inspiration struck: Fresco Creperie & Café, just...

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E.A.T.S. Social House in East Massapequa: First bites

Pork chop with pineapple salsa is served at

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

E.A.T.S. Social House brings a casual, unpretentious style to the ex-site of Alaine's in East Massapequa.

It's an easygoing spot with friendly service. Order carefully and you'll have a good meal, too.

That means perusing the "tapas" list and picking meatballs stuffed with mozzarella: well-sauced and softball-size. The honey-barbecue chicken wings also are meaty and good. And the juicy...

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Swallow in Huntington closed during expansion

Angus beef sliders at Swallow in Huntington.(Nov. 20,

(Credit: Photo by Jesse Newman)

Swallow, the diminutive small plates restaurant on New York Avenue in Huntington, is currently closed during a major expansion and renovation. As chef-owner James Tchinnis tells it, by taking over the vacated spot next door (which used to be a dress shop), Swallow has tripled its space, transforming from a “cozy little joint” to a 3,000-square-foot restaurant with a full bar. But the small-plates...

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Brio launches new brunch menu at Walt Whitman mall

Berries and cream French toast is on the

(Credit: Brio Tuscan Grille)

A new brunch menu makes its debut on Saturday, April 5, at Brio Tuscan Grille at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station.

Among options are a Tuscan omelet ($8.99) with egg whites, turkey sausage, and vegetables and an open-faced biscuit sandwich ($7.99) with egg, candied bacon, cheese and marinated tomatoes. On the sweeter side, there's berries and cream French toast  stuffed with mascarpone...

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Pasha Kebob fit for King of N. Lindenhurst

Pasha Kebob and Grill in North Lindenhurst specializes

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

I don’t want to think about how many times I’ve driven by Pasha Kebob and Grill, located in a modest strip mall on Route 109 at the intersection of Straight Path in North Lindenhurst. It’s a tricky left turn from the northbound road, so that’s going to be my excuse.

Today I stopped into the little Turkish takeout market and ordered three platters to go: Adana kebab, chicken and gyro. The Adana...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Customers dine at MoCA Asian Bistro in Woodbury.

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

In this week’s Newsday, Erica Marcus gives one-and-a-half stars to MoCA Asian Bistro, “the latest salvo in an Asian-fusion invasion that threatens Long Island's few remaining just-Chinese and just-Japanese restaurants.” The new Woodbury branch of MoCAs in Hewlett and Forest Hills takes over the space that used to house Nisen, and the new restaurant is even more lavishly decorated. The  food,...

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Closed in Baldwin Harbor: Mike’s Portuguese Chicken & Deli

Bacon cheeseburger doesn't begin to describe Mike's Portuguese

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

I’d never written about a business in Baldwin Harbor until I came across Mike’s Portuguese Chicken & Deli on Atlantic Avenue last summer. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, I found owner Miguel Rodrigues’s soulful Portuguese cooking.

He cooked his spicy golden chickens in a nifty side-loading roaster and served them with freshly fried potato chips. Another specialty...

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Bobby Flay launches 4 great new burgers

On the new menu at Bobby's Burger Palace

(Credit: Bobby's Burger Palace)

The addition of four new burgers to the recently revamped menu at Bobby’s Burger Palace necessitated an immediate trip to the Roosevelt Field branch of Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s burger chain.

Each of the burgers, at $7.95 apiece, was conceived by Flay, three with regional connections. All proved juicy — cooked medium-rare, as specified — and served on soft sesame-seeded buns with ideal bun-to-burger...

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La Marmite in Williston Park: Reborn at 40

Gateau St. Honore is one of the desserts

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

In a couple of weeks, La Marmite will be 40 years old. But it's also new.

Last year, owner Renato Pedrazzi retired. He pretty much created the vintage continental restaurant, where you'd fearlessly order a seafood-filled crepe or baked clams, beef Wellington or rack of lamb, maybe duck a l'orange or Dover sole meunière, and perhaps chocolate mousse or a spin on gâteau Saint-Honore.


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