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Fried Chicken Night at Snaps in Wantagh

Wednesday evening at Snaps in Wantagh is Fried

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

Wednesday evening is Chicken Night at Snaps American Bistro in Wantagh. For $5 you get four pieces of fried chicken (breast, wing, leg, thigh). Sides are also $5, so you can put together a very economical dinner.

I wish I had enjoyed my bird more, but it tasted more sweet than chicken-y. Snaps’ chef-owner Scott Bradley told me that he added brown sugar to the seasoned flour mixture into which...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

Green curry with eggplant at Thai Coconut in

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick cracks open Thai Coconut, “a simply but tastefully appointed little restaurant just steps from the LIRR station in Wantagh. Hop off the train and within minutes, you can be communing with a bowl of sour-spicy tom yum goong that's rife with plump shrimp.”

Peter Gianotti reviews Il Luogo, the new Italian spot in Lynbrook whose “executive chef, Marco Jara,...

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Thai Coconut, Wantagh: First bites

This is spicy basil shrimp at Thai Coconut

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

The month-old Thai Coconut  in Wantagh was nearly full the afternoon I stopped in. A well-priced lunch menu ($6.95 to $9.95) was apparently drawing a hungry clientele to this snug little spot near the LIRR station.

The midday deal here is a bit unusual. Included in the price is a choice of canned soda, bottled water or a quartet of mini spring rolls. In the future, I'd opt for the liquids,...

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A diverse St. Pat's brunch at Thom Thom in Wantagh

Thom Thom Steak and Seafood in Wantagh serves

(Credit: Heather Walsh)

If you're willing to go beyond corned beef and cabbage this Sunday, Thom Thom in Wantagh broadens the St. Patrick's Day choices.

Cost: $24.95 per person, plus tax and tip. The brunch buffet goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the standard, Thom Thom's Sunday buffet will include shepherd's pie and filet mignon satay, kung pao calamari and teriyaki salmon.

There will be a...

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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza opens in Wantagh

The new Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Wantagh

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Another Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza has hit Long Island, this one in Wantagh. The Florida-based chain, headed by Franklin Square native Anthony Bruno, already has two Nassau County branches, one in Woodbury and the other in Carle Place.

The new Wantagh spot features the same menu of “well-done” coal oven pies — the cauliflower version is a standout — and such “Italian soul food” specialties...

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Discounts after the storms

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

(Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick)

A couple of  Long Island restaurants are offering discounts in the wake of Sandy.

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse (688 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport; 631-651-9411) is currently taking 10 percent off all checks. Although the restaurant used to serve dinner only, chef co-owner Vincent Michaels just launched a lunch menu, priced $20 to $25, that includes a cup of soup or salad plus an entree...

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Thom Thom, Wantagh: Game plus wine from Argentina

Thom Thom Steak and Seafood in Wantagh serves

(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Next Wednesday night, Oct. 24, Thom Thom in Wantagh will stage a game and wine tasting dinner featuring the vintages of Argentina.

The 5-course meal, at $59.95 a person, is as follows: Tuna tartare with quail's egg Wasabi yuzu / anchovy / rice puffs Wine: Torrontes, Zuccardi Serie A, 2009 (RP: 90) Roasted quail Fresh fig / Gorgonzola / balsamic reduction Wine: Tempranillo, Zuccardi...

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Tennessee Jed's, Wantagh: Still smokin'

These are the barbecue St. Louis ribs with

(Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick)

Some amazing ‘cue I had the other night at Tennessee Jed’s in Wantagh, a place that’s only gotten better with age.

Pitmaster co-owner Francisco Gonzalez’s St. Louis ribs, ordered with only its dry rub ($14, half rack), were meaty, juicy and smoky. The same held true of the half barbecued chicken ($11),  an item that’s rarely the equal of ribs – except in this case.

Sides held their...

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Vegetarian dining: Four chefs rise to the challenge

A pizza topped with North Fork Catapano goat

(Credit: Photo by Doug Young)

A reader emails to ask whether there are any new vegetarian restaurants. I can't think of any offhand. (Here's our guide to the Island's most vegetarian-frendly spots.)

But vegetarians often have to make do with what’s out there, especially when dining with non-vegetarian friends. So I asked four Long Island chefs whose menus are market-driven and seasonal what they would suggest a vegetarian...

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Mizuno in Wantagh: New Japanese

Global Conference Rejects Tuna Export Ban

Mizuno, a Japanese restaurant with traditional fare and some contemporary accents, has opened in Wantagh.

The Jerusalem Avenue spot includes sushi and sashimi, teriyakis and tempuras. But the kitchen also sends out dishes such as cilantro tuna with mango and avocado; peppered tuna; and grilled striped bass with shallot crisps.

Sushi rolls are in the $4-to-$9 range; main courses with...

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