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Best seafood on Long Island: Top 100 restaurants, Part 10

Vibrant swordfish ?chop? grilled swordfish with sweet sausage

(Credit: Doug Young)

This week exploreLI.com publishes the final entry in a 10-week series of stories picking the Top 10 restaurants on Long Island in 10 different, popular categories. They are: Asian, Italian, Cheap Eats, International, Asian-fusion, steak, New American, sushi, Mediterranean / Middle Eastern and seafood.

But we're not quite done. Next week we'll publish a list of 10 great restaurants that didn't...

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Kosher restaurant opens in Great Neck

Leah's Bistro in Great Neck. (June, 2013)

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

New to the ever-evolving Great Neck restaurant scene is Leah’s Bistro, a glatt kosher restaurant occupying the former digs of Dougie’s BBQ, a storefront that, years before, housed Myoora Thai. I stopped in to pick up a menu and recognized the Thai ceiling details from that incarnation.

Chef Shmuel Baum, who hails from Israel, cooked at several big hotels in Tel Aviv. He offers a menu of European,...

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Red Fish in Plainview to close, reopen as gastropub

Exterior of Red Fish Grille located at 430

(Credit: Newsday Karen Wiles Stabile)

If you’ve been yearning for the Asian lacquered Chilean sea bass or kung pao calamari at Red Fish Grille in Plainview, better get there soon, since Sunday, June 9, will be its last day. This according to owner Art Bloom, who has been slowly but steadily renovating and refurbishing the site.

Bloom first launched Red Fish back in 2002, after transforming an earlier incarnation of his, Fat Artie’s....

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Nassau County's culinary time warp

People enjoy a meal at the old cafeteria

(Credit: Bethpage State Park )

Is there an invisible dome over Nassau County that shields it from current food trends? I am so very tired of being served dinners that would have seemed dated 15 years ago.

Balsamic reduction drizzled with abandon; mesclun deployed wherever a leaf is required; clunky, complicated platings; pink tomatoes; cottony, soulless bread; out-of-season strawberries flanking every dessert.


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Braking for clams in Smithtown

Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar in Smithtown has

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

When I’m at the beach, I want clams on the half shell. I’ll take them when I’m on the bank of a river or by the side of a lake. Also, in the vicinity of no water at all.

Today driving along the treed splendor of Route 25A in Smithtown, I passed Nick’s Pizza and Clam Bar, a seasonal place that always seems to be closed when I’m in the neighborhood. Today I hit the brakes and settled in for...

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Slider Joe's slides into Rockville Centre

The pulled pork Kansas City Joe at Slider

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Monday marks the launch of Slider Joe’s, a counter-serve eatery taking a new tack. “Our motto is ‘Right size, not supersize,’” said co-owner John Evangelista. That means instead of a  hefty 1/3 pound burger, you're looking at a  2 ½ ounce patty on a slider-sized Martin potato roll.

And it’s not just the classic hamburger slider ($2.30) on the menu. The “Tuscan Joe” features a seasoned...

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C.J. Gourmet in Greenport celebrates New York State

C.J. Gourmet in Greenport sells foods that have

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

It used to be the pride of a gourmet market was how far-flung were its wares — caviar from the Caspian, cheese from the Pyrenees. But the trend nowadays is to source locally. C.J. Gourmet doesn’t draw from quite as small a circle as Taste of the North Fork (which recently relocated from Peconic to Southold); the Greenport store, which opened in May, sells candy, coffee, beverages, condiments, granola,...

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Test: Highway Diner, East Hampton: First bites


As diners go, East Hampton’s Highway Diner & Bar is about as beachy-chic as they come. Lots of white and blue and pale polished wood floors — in short, the colors of sand and sea. Even so, this is a true diner, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. If it's 8 p.m. and you've got a yen for pancakes, you can get them here.

It was midday when I stopped...

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