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Blue Lagoon in West Babylon closed

Blue Lagoon in West Babylon has closed, May

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Blue Lagoon has dried up.

The West Babylon restaurant, known recently for its steaks and seafood, happy hours, music and dancing, is closed.

The establishment peaked in 2005, when, as a New American restaurant, it earned a three-star rating in Newsday.

It was situated at 677 Farmingdale Rd. (Route 109), just west of Straight Path....

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Mother's Day: 10 dining choices

Perfecto Mundo (or Perfect World) in Commack specializes

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Mother's Day is one of the busiest at restaurants. Here are 10 possibilities, just in case you haven't decided yet.

JONATHAN'S RISTORANTE, 15 Wall St., Huntington; 631-549-0055

Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at $30 per person; $16 for children younger than 10. Choices range from waffles with blueberries to shrimp scampi-style, frittata primavera with goat cheese to pumpkin...

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Dining in Babylon: 5 picks

Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon offers

(Credit: Doug Young)

Babylon boasts one of Long Island's livelier downtowns. And there's plenty of diversity among the restaurants. Here are five flavorful ones.

MONSOON, 48 Deer Park Ave.; 631-587-4400. This four-star restaurant excels with creative Asian fare, served in a high-style setting. The winners include kung pao-style monkfish, Beijing duck, Korean fried chicken, "shaking beef," fiery octopus, pork-belly...

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Open in West Babylon: Woody's American Grill

Woody's American Grill is new to West Babylon

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Woody’s American Grill is up and grilling in West Babylon. The casual new counter-serve spot offers a simple menu of American fast-food favorites — burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. It’s owned by two West Babylon natives —  Woody Kerzner  (former owner of Green Cactus Grill, which Woody's replaces), and his business partner, Larry Doyle.

“You walk in and feel you’re at some kind...

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Del Fuego branches off into Babylon

Del Fuego in Babylon is an offshoot of

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Del Fuego, the lively Tex-Mex restaurant in St. James, has sprouted a new Babylon offshoot. It takes over the space that last hosted the short-lived Blue Chill.

The menu is identical at both Del Fuego locations, which also boast bar scenes and large selections of tequilas and craft beers. Food options include BBQ pork fried wontons ($11), turkey-chorizo chili ($7), chicken fajitas ($16) and...

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One Main in Babylon: First bites

Shrimp with andouille sausage and grits is a

(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)

At the corner of West Main Street and Deer Park Avenue, One Main has found its very visible niche.

The pubby restaurant offers fine local beers, the foods that go with them, and an upbeat ambience. Service can be forgetful, and all the dishes don't exactly soar. But One Main is worth a visit for a casual night out.

A good special: shrimp and andouille sausage atop scallion-flecked grits....

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Sophomore slump at Monsoon in Babylon

Monsoon in Babylon serves Bibb lettuce wraps with

(Credit: Newsday Marjorie Robins)

What a difference a year makes.

That was the impression we got last night at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon, the pan-Asian restaurant that was one of the most lauded openings of 2012.

Last year, the glamorous, 200-seat, bi-level restaurant (which Newsday awarded four stars two months after it opened in February) was always packed, always buzzing. It was the IT restaurant...

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Soprano’s star to cook in North Babylon

Joe Gannascoli played Vito Sptafore on the HBO


Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito, the doomed gay mobster on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will be helping Salpino III Italian Market celebrate its 13th birthday.

On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., Gannascoli, a trained chef who recently had a gig at Il Luogo in Lynbrook, will be cooking with Boar’s Head products and giving away samples of new items such as hummus and blackened turkey.

Salpino III...

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Salsa Pica Mexican Grill comes to West Babylon

Two commendable tacos -- both chorizo and fish

(Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick)

Salsa Pica Mexican Grill replaces the intriguingly named Sexy Firehouse Chicken in a West Babylon ShopRite strip mall.

A recent lunch at the modest little place amounted to a small soft corn chorizo taco ($2.25)  topped with chopped onion and cilantro as well as a fish taco ($2.50) crowned with shredded cabbage and white sauce. Both proved lively and satisfying. From the help-yourself...

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4 LI restaurant on Open Table's "hot" list

Monsoon Asian Kitchen & Lounge in Babylon.

(Credit: Doug Young)

Four Long Island restaurants are cited on Open Table's 2013 listing of the country's "hot spot" places to dine.

Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon, Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in Huntington, Hendrick's Tavern in Roslyn, and Toku Modern Asian in Manhasset were listed. The list highlights "hip (new) restaurants, celebrity chefs and avant-garde restaurateurs."


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