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Morning Rose Cafe opens in Bellmore

Morning Rose Cafe in Bellmore serves breakfast and

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Say good morning to the Morning Rose Cafe, new for breakfast and lunch in Bellmore.

Owner Rose Tzanetos said she wanted her place to have a homey B&B ambience. White wainscoting, pale green walls and soft background music play into that. Although Tzanetos has chef certification from the Culinary Academy of Long Island in Syosset, the position of executive chef belongs to Roberto Baez,...

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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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Jam in Massapequa Park is open

Jam is serving breakfast and lunch in Massapequa

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More than a year in the making, Jam in Massapequa Park is finally ready. The days-old breakfast and lunch spot is owned by Peter Mangouranes and brothers Paul and Anthony Oliva, who also co-own The Good Life, a block away, and The Phoenix in Seaford. Mangouranes is a partner, as well, at The Republic in Farmingdale.

Almost everything served is made from scratch, said Mangouranes, describing...

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Javier's Cafe - new for breakfast and lunch in Smithtown

Javier's Cafe in Smithtown serves breakfast and lunch.

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Javier’s Café is turning out pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and salads in the Smithtown digs that last hosted Luso (which moved to larger quarters nearby). Chef-owner Edgar “Javier” Viera cooked for 16 years at Maureen’ & Daughters' Kitchen, also in Smithtown. His new place, like Maureen’s, serves only breakfast and lunch.

On the menu: banana blueberry pancakes ($8.25), stuffed peach pecan...

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Cook's Scratch Kitchen, Northport - first bites

The superfood salad at Cook's Scratch Kitchen in

Careful sourcing of ingredients and making as much as possible “from scratch” are the credos behind the new Cook’s Scratch Kitchen & Bakery in Northport. The counter-service eatery, which offers sit-down eating and lots of takeout options, sets its bar pretty high.

And, so far, seems to be achieving its aims.  A case in point is the classic ham and egg breakfast sandwich. For starters,...

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Toast & Tapas opens in Syosset

This is the chorizo skillet at Toast &

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Toast & Tapas Neighborhood Bistro is the new incarnation of the former 516 Americana in Syosset and is now affiliated with  Toast & Co. in Huntington. While the Huntington restaurant doesn’t serve dinner, the Syosset locale does. Then, on Friday and Saturday nights, it also features a tapas menu — actually, small plates, not the traditional Spanish bar snacks —  as well as live...

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Hot breakfast havens

Whole grain cereal at Relish, Kings Park

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A hot home-cooked breakfast may not, at the moment, be possible at your home. So think about fueling body and spirit at a local restaurant or diner that’s warm and welcoming.

We give you some of our all-time favorite breakfast havens. While all were up and running as of Wednesday afternoon, it's best to call before setting out, since power situations can change from one hour to the next.

SUFFOLK...

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Breakfast of champions

A breakfast of blueberries and peaches, here with

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I’m referring neither to the cook nor the consumer of the breakfast pictured here, but rather to the champion ingredients: blueberries and peaches. This time of year, the first thing I think of when my alarm goes off is the beautiful local fruit I’m going to have for breakfast.

I’ve gilded the lily a bit here, with some toasted sliced almonds and Greek yogurt. This feast will tide me over...

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Relish, Kings Park: Cereal of champions

Whole grain cereal at Relish, Kings Park

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After just one spoonful, I became hooked on a whole-grain cereal offered as a special ($5.95) at Relish in Kings Park. Chef co-owner Steve Cardello described the comforting concoction as a blend of kamut, buckwheat groats, quinoa flakes, red rice and brown flax. After it's cooked, whole milk and small amounts of brown sugar butter are added. Honey is also provided on the side. I ordered mine topped...

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