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Tre Sorelle open Sea Cliff Italian restaurant

Steamed clams with garlic & oil, white wine

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Tre Sorelle which, in Italian means “three sisters,” is the name of the new restaurant owned by siblings Summer Butindari, Lauren Butindara and Lia Jorquera. Although none is in the kitchen cooking, all three collaborated with chef Pedro Campos, who uses their Italian family recipes.

The place, which used to be a printing shop, was redesigned and rebuilt by their father, a contractor. There’s...

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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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Lobster specials tonight and every night

A diner eating lobster at Four Food Studio

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One of Long Island’s happiest summer traditions is the restaurant lobster special: Every night of the week someone somewhere is serving up lobsters with all the fixings at a price designed to get you in the door — and order some drinks while you’re at it.

Wednesday seems to be the night of choice for crustacean connoisseurs. Tonight you can get cracking at Babylon Carriage House ($19.95),...

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Joe's Crab Shack cracks open in Riverhead

Bucket of snow crab, Joe's Crab Shack

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Joe’s Crab Shack, a Houston-based seafood chain, just opened in Riverhead, taking over the former home of Boulder Creek Steakhouse. This follows last winter’s entrance of a Joe’s Crab Shack in Oceanside.

On the menu: a bucket of shrimp with Old Bay seasoning (12 for $8.59 or 18 for $11.49), blackened redfish ($13.99), a chipotle bacon cheeseburger ($9.89) a bucket of crab — choose among snow...

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Sake Asian: Sushi and fusion fare in West Babylon

This is the sushi pizza at the new

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The influx of Asia fusion restaurants into the Long Island dining scene continues unabated. Sake Asian is one of the newest contenders, taking over — and renovating — the small strip mall space that once hosted Singha Thai.

An elaborate sushi menu features such choices as sushi pizza ($10), yellowtail seviche ($10), a golden spider roll ($12) and a deep fried oyster roll ($6), as well as a...

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Texas Roadhouse: New BBQ near Deer Park outlets

A new branch of Texas Roadhouse comes to

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

Texas Roadhouse is now serving steaks, ribs and chicken within blocks of the Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park. This makes it the second of a Kentucky-based American cuisine and BBQ chain to open on Long Island; the first was in East Meadow.

The place is known for providing every table with a big bucket of peanuts. A glance at the menu reveals such options as a “cactus blossom” beer-battered...

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Craigslist ad of the day

Stop sign

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“I am looking for an attractive lady to help my business grow,” writes an orthographically challenged advertiser on Craigslist’s Long Island food-and-beverage job board. The fellow says he owns a food truck in the Melville area and “the primary purpose of this job offer is to attract business, but not to the extent that ANY of the public would be offended!!!!”

The position, which pays $10/hour,...

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Dueling chicken sandwiches

At Cook's Scratch Kitchen in Northport, the "chicken

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Here's the thing about food: Even the best chefs at the best restaurants can't be consistent every minute of every day. This becomes especially clear when, after we review a restaurant based upon two visits, readers go there and find things otherwise. A chicken sandwich at Cook’s Scratch Kitchen in Northport is a telling example:


It was back in May that I first tasted...

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Veteran sushi chef gone from Satsuki, Lynbrook

Satsuki owner and head chef Hisashi Manabe crafteds

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Hisashi Manabe, who, for over 20 years, crafted some of Long Island’s best sushi rolls, is no longer at Satsuki in Lynbrook. The restaurant is under the new ownership of Patrick Wong, who is also the sushi chef. He said that Manabe's menu remains the same, with a few additions, and that the crew from before has stayed on.

Manabe was known for his ethereally light rolls, which seemed held together...

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Sophomore slump at Monsoon in Babylon

Monsoon in Babylon serves Bibb lettuce wraps with

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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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