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J.A. Heneghan's Tavern opens in Point Lookout

Nicole Roarke, executive chef of J.A. Heneghan's in

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New to Point Lookout is J.A. Heneghan’s Tavern, which takes over the space that used to house the Lazy Pelican. Executive chef Nicole Roarke formerly cooked at the Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Spice Market in Manhattan and Sugo in Long Beach. Roarke described the ambience as “rustic yet refined,” with a lot of old brick and wood, as well as a double-sided fireplace. The decor includes...

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Eric’s Italian Bistro opens in Mineola

Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola, which opened in

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Rejoice, George Echeverria fans. Today marks the official opening of the chef’s new restaurant, Eric’s Italian Bistro in Mineola Echeverria’s first restaurant, Soigne in Woodmere, was a South Shore favorite for eight years before the chef headed north to Huntington to join the team that opened Amicale in Huntington in 2011. A year later he took over the kitchen at Andiamo in Mineola, with another...

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Hemisphere in Bay Shore: First bites

The diver scallops and crisp pork belly combo

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Hemisphere packs in enough action to cover more than one-half of the small-plates world. It's the latest showcase for Jeffery Slade, recently of Madison's in Williston Park and formerly chef at the departed Farmhouse in Greenport. At this sleek, sharp spot, he's sending out  savory dishes such as diver scallops paired with crisp pork belly; Kobe beef sliders with caramelized onions and fontina;...

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VIEW in Oakdale reopens after Sandy recovery

Diners on the outdoor patio of View restaurant

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Another waterfront restaurant has rebounded and rebuilt in the wake of superstorm Sandy. VIEW in Oakdale just reopened following a major repair and restoration. The dining spot is known not only for its New American food but also for its outdoor dining and nautical vistas. Starting Tuesday, the place will be open at both lunch and dinner but, until May 6, will be closed Mondays. On April 5, from...

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New chef at Stonewalls in Riverhead

Chef Guy Peuch sits for a spell inside

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Kyle Strong Romeo is the new executive chef at Stonewalls restaurant, situated at The Woods at Cherry Creek golf course in Riverhead. He succeeds Guy Peuch, who established the restaurant a decade ago.  Peuch (shown above in the Stonewalls dining room), a veteran French chef who also starred at the former Inn on the Harbor in Cold Spring Harbor, has retired. Romeo's Long Island experience...

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Savoy Tavern in Merrick: Disappointing changes

The iceberg wedge served at Savoy Tavern in

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Barely a month after it opened in the former home of Brooks & Porter, Savoy Tavern has a new chef and a revised menu. Kenneth Pulomena, who saw the kitchen through its opening, has been replaced by Alexis Trolf, formerly of Caffe Laguna and Swingbelly’s in Long Beach. Our first bites of the new set up were not promising. Panelle, the great Sicilian chickpea fritters, appear here as both bar...

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West East Bistro, Hicksville: New chef, new look, new menu

Jay Jadeja will be cooking an Asian wild

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West East Bistro in Hicksville has lately undergone a few changes. The place is now called West East All Natural Bar & Bistro and has a new executive chef — Jay Jadeja, who co-owns the place with Danny Wu. Jadeja is also chef at the Cedar Beach Bar & Grill in Mount Sinai and, in the past, owned the former Wildflower in Manhattan. The interior of West East has been redone in a warmer color...

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OM Bistro opens in Great Neck

Chef and world-class tenor Richard Desmond breaks into

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OM Bistro launched Friday night in the fully remodeled Great Neck digs of the former Tulip, across from the LIRR station. In charge of the American-French kitchen is chef Richard Desmond, who is also a co-owner, along with Harjinder Singh and Sandeet Mehen. Desmond, known for his inventive cooking as well as his operatic tenor voice, has cooked at such places as Public House 49 in Patchogue, where...

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Savoy Tavern: Open in Merrick

The Savoy Tavern opened Jan. 7 in the

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The former site of Merrick’s Brooks & Porter steakhouse (2008-12) has a new tenant: The Savoy Tavern is owned by a group of first-time restaurant owners who hired noted New York restaurateur Gerard Renny to create the concept. Renny, whose Manhattan ventures have included Bar Stuzzichini and Sushi A Go-Go, put his ear to the Merrick ground. “What I heard was that Brooks & Porter’s price...

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New chefs at Madison's in Williston Park

Chef Jeffery Slade plating a dish at The

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Jeffery Slade is out as top toque at Madison's on Hillside in Williston Park, replaced by two executive chefs: Steve Demetriou, whose experience includes the former Fiddleheads in Oyster Bay and the Fishery Grill in Glen Head; and Will Kelly, formerly of Fatfish in Bay Shore. Owner Kevin Madison said that the restaurant's New American menu would continue to change about every three days. Madison's...

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