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Le Soir in Bayport reopens

This is the newly rebuilt Le Soir in

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Having been closed by a fire last summer, Le Soir in Bayport quietly reopened Thursday. “We are a tiny restaurant and we’re still tweaking things after rebuilding,” said owner Janina Kaziewicz, who added that the restaurant was first born back in 1977.

On the traditional French menu: escargots Bourguignons ($12), canard rôti à l’orange ($31) and coquilles St. Jacques ($31).

Le Soir is...

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Grapevine: Aromella and Arandell join the party

Aromella, left, and Arandell, right are two new

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Aromella, greet chardonnay.

Arandell, meet merlot.

They're the names given to two new grapes that grew out of a Cornell University competition that elicited more than 1,000 submissions.

Both grapes could be grown on Long Island. The two grapes were studied at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Riverhead.

The winning were introduced today at the Viticulture 2012 conference...

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Nick's Tuscan Grill and Grillfire, Long Beach: Closed

Nick's Tuscan Grill in Long Beach has closed.

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Neither Grillfire nor Nick’s Tuscan Grill in Long Beach will be reopening -- two more restaurants taken down by superstorm Sandy.

Both had originally opened as part of the George Martin Restaurant Group but changed ownership about a year ago.

George Martin’s Grillfire in Rockville Centre and Merrick are still alive and cooking....

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Forecast: lotsa snow; Prep: lotsa soup

Good People's Farm in Huntington is a tasty

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Before you go absolutely crazy listening to repeated weather forecasts, consider the only rational response: soup.

Good People's Farm in Huntington has three replies today. They're serving chicken noodle, miso and vegetables soups for $3.99 each. Pick up a fruit salad, too. Or a few pieces of sushi, just to put you in a better frame of mind.

At the NY Soup Exchange in Garden City, today...

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Salumi, Massapequa: Lunch triumph

Empanada with pork and ginger at Salumi in

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A recent lunch at Salumi Tapas & Wine Bar uplifted an afternoon. These days, co-owner Lilly Karanova is also executive chef, and she’s clearly doing something right.

From the roster of small plates, a friend and I shared roasted Brussels sprouts, which were deeply flavorful rather than harshly cabbage-y, plated, in harmonious contrast, with chestnut cream lightly sweetened with pepper...

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Sign of spring: Doppio coming to Huntington

Doppio is expected to open in downtown Huntington

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Expect a new, casual Italian restaurant in downtown Huntington this spring.

A Long Island branch of Doppio from Greenwich, Conn., is slated to move into the former site of Twisted Vine Cocktails & Cuisine, which is now closed.

The Greenwich restaurant's specialties included pizzas, panini, pastas, salads, soups and main dishes such as chargrilled steak and pan-seared scallops.


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Willy Parkers, Williston Park: Closed

Willy Parkers restaurant in Williston Park is now

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Willy Parkers American Bar & Grill in Williston Park is closed.

The dining and drinking spot, which was owned by brothers Louis and Rino Di Maria, had been featured on a 2012 episode of Food Network’s “Restaurant Stakeout.”

Updates on what will be going into the space will follow soon.  ...

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Souper Bowl VI: The results

Sullivan's Quay Restaurant & Bar is a Port

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Souper Bowl VI, the sixth annual contest of Port Washington’s best soups, was played on Saturday and both the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards went to Sullivan’s Quay for its coconut-butternut squash soup. “People were practically swooning,” reported Bobbie Polay, executive director of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event.

The winning soup is a frequent...

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Sa Vino's, Lynbrook: First bites

Fresh basil and chopped tomatoes, plus a load

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A recent dinner at the new Sa Vino’s Pizzeria Restaurant Wine Bar in Lynbrook proved a lively one.

A plus, from the outset, was a waitress who was enthusiastic about both the food and wine she was serving. You'd be surprised how much that adds to an experience.

To start, I was able to substitute the restaurant’s sesame-tinged Oriental dressing for the usual balsamic dressing (please,...

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Cilantro adds Mexican spice to Northport

The new Cilantro in Northport adds Mexican spice

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Tonight at 5 p.m., Cilantro Mexican Inspired Food gets cooking in the former Northport digs of The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs. The new counter-serve eatery shares ownership with the nearby Nina’s Pizzeria.

The setup at Cilantro resembles the one at Chipotle Mexican Grill. Move down a line, select the ingredients you want and the counter person puts together either a burrito, a tortilla-free...

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