Restaurants on TV: Long Island spots with a reality show connection

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From "Kitchen Nightmares" to crazy food challenges, these Long Island restaurants stole the spotlight in their TV debuts.

Here are some local spots you've seen on the small screen.

Maureen's Kitchen

Maureen's Kitchen, Smithtown: Maureen's standout brunch was highlighted
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Maureen's Kitchen, Smithtown: Maureen's standout brunch was highlighted on an episode of The Cooking Channel's "Unique Eats" in 2010. (Status: Open)

Tim's Shipwreck Diner

Tim's Shipwreck Diner, Northport: This eatery was featured
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Tim's Shipwreck Diner, Northport: This eatery was featured on the first episode of the Food Network's "American Diner Revival" in 2014. While owner Tim Hess was away in Montauk, the spot got a face-lift -- gaining brand-new floors, skylights and malt machines. The '70s-style menu also got a reboot, adding three new dishes including the Wreck-less wrap featuring grilled salmon, egg whites, grilled tomato, avocado, arugula and lemon aioli on a whole wheat tortilla. (Status: Open)

Ciao Baby

Ciao Baby, Massapequa Park: Ciao Baby appeared on
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Ciao Baby, Massapequa Park: Ciao Baby appeared on "Man v. Food" in 2010. Host Adam Richman got into the spot's giant rice ball and meat platter, made up of five pounds of meat (meatballs, hot and sweet sausage) and two pounds of pasta. He also enjoyed the enormous gemelli platter, the pasta topped with sun-dried-tomato cream sauce, broccoli rabe, mushrooms and ricotta cheese. (Status: Open)

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Beach Bakery Cafe

Beach Bakery Cafe, Westhampton Beach: This spot's peach-raspberry
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Beach Bakery Cafe, Westhampton Beach: This spot's peach-raspberry crumb pie was featured on season two of the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." (Status: Open)

Chefs of New York

Chefs of New York, East Northport: This Long
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Chefs of New York, East Northport: This Long Island spot was featured on season two of the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." Food personality Adam Gertler (who grew up in Commack) celebrated the restaurant's creamy, cheesy, garlicky spinach pie. (Status: Open)

Maroni Cuisine

Maroni Cuisine, Northport: Chef Mike Maroni of Maroni
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Maroni Cuisine, Northport: Chef Mike Maroni of Maroni Cuisine won a "Meatball Throwdown" against celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a 2007 episode of The Food Network's "Throwdown! With Bobby Flay." (Status: Open)

International Delight Cafe

International Delight Cafe, Bellmore:
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International Delight Cafe, Bellmore: "Man v. Food" host Adam Richman attempted to consume "The World" at International Delight Cafe in 2010. The dessert, many times the size of the one shown, contains 30 scoops of gelato, toppings and three Belgian waffles. (Status: Open)

Port Royal Pub & Grille

Port Royal Pub & Grille, Islip: This pirate-themed
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Port Royal Pub & Grille, Islip: This pirate-themed place had a star turn on Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" when host Adam Richman successfully took on the Davy Jones' Locker challenge, eating massive amounts of seafood. The restaurant, which closed in 2015, was big on mac and cheese, offering many variations, including one laced with pulled pork. (Status: Closed)

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Classic American

Classic American, West Babylon: When the little West
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Classic American, West Babylon: When the little West Babylon eatery was floundering, its owners called in the big gun: Gordon Ramsay. After a "Kitchen Nightmares" makeover in November 2010, which aired two months later, the place experienced a major turnaround, but it closed three years later. (Status: Closed)

Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina

Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina, Montauk: You
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Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina, Montauk: You may not have seen this Long Island dining spot on TV, but you have seen its chef. Ron Duprat, a former "Top Chef" contestant who appeared in season six of the Bravo series, is the new executive chef here. His menu includes dishes such as lobster Nicoise and jumbo scallops with citrus butter. (Status: Open)

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