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Whale's Tale, Northport: Reopened and weather-ready

A scene from late summer, 2011, at Whale's

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The Whale’s Tale, situated in Northport’s Brittania Marina, has opened for the season — and beyond. Owner Sosh Andriano said that a newly installed detachable glass enclosure keeps the chill winds away and may make it possible for the water-view place to stay open most of the year. The enclosure is stowed in summer, when plastic wind curtains are used on rainy days. For very hot days, a new misting...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

Hemisphere's bar-lounge area is an upbeat spot that

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti visits Hemisphere in Bay Shore, a self-described “bar-lounge-restaurant” which “comes across in exactly that order. The stylized, upbeat spot livens up nightlife in Bay Shore with high-decibel music and high-octane beverages.” The kitchen is under the direction of Jeffery Slade (most recently at Madison’s on Hillside in Williston Park) whose “carefully manicured...

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Madison’s on Hillside: Closed in Williston Park

The main dining room at Madison's restaurant in

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Madison’s on Hillside, which opened last September at 38 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park , has closed, according to Joe Lester, chef-owner of The Ivy Cottage, Madison’s predecessor. The attractive New American restaurant earned two stars from Newday's Peter M. Gianotti when chef Jeffrey Slade was in the kitchen. (Slade has since moved on to Hemisphere in Bay Shore.)...

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Food trucking at Long Beach Boardwalk groundbreaking

Sugo's Beach Buns & Bites truck will be

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When ground is broken for the new Long Beach boardwalk, this Saturday, April 27,  Alan Adams, owner of Sugo Cafe in Long Beach, will be there at 11:30 a.m. with his new food truck, Beach Buns & Bites.

Among the items Adams will be selling is a “GSR” (Grandma’s secret recipe) burger ($6), an “Istanbun,” which is a chipotle hummus-stuffed pickle that’s wrapped in falafel, deep fried...

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Opera House in Roslyn Heights: First bites

Roti canai, a Malaysian flatbread, is one of

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Opera House, the four-month-old Asian-fusion restaurant that opened in the former Roslyn Heights home of Tofu, proved to be a very mixed bag on a recent visit, with high highs, and very low lows.

I was there with a friend who had never tried honey-walnut shrimp, the resolutely inauthentic and improbably delicious Chinese dish made from battered, deep-fried shrimp and sugar-infused, deep-fried...

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Island Empanada, Ronkonkoma: Cinco de Mayo party specials

Island Empanada's traditional ground beef empanada with "secret"

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If you're planning ahead for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, then you might want to take advantage of the deals at  Island Empanada in Ronkonkoma, whose 2nd anniversary just happens to coincide with the holiday. Owner Roy Pelaez has come up with some celebratory takeout specials for parties. They're available Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. It helps to order in advance.

Here's what you...

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Cavaniola’s opens a Greenport branch

Cavaniola's, the Sag Harbor cheese store, has opened

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Cavaniola’s, Sag Harbor’s specialty market, has opened a satellite location inside Vines & Branches, the olive oil and balsamic emporium on Main Street in Greenport.

Michael and Tracey Cavaniola preside over a little gastronomic empire that also includes a cheese store, takeout shop and wine cellar in Sag Harbor and a Manhattan branch in TriBeCa. The Greenport store opened on April 10.


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Montauk's Navy Beach opens Friday, summer to follow

Truly beachfront: Enjoy the seafood specialities (or buttermilk

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Montauk's Navy Beach, one of Long Island's most summery restaurants and night spots, reopens for the warm-weather season on  Friday.

The casual, beachside eatery stands out for its local clam-and-corn chowder, conch fritters, lobster salad, and buttermilk-fried chicken with Cheddar cornbread and house-made slaw.

New this season are a series of cocktails based on the gin-and-tonic...

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Jani, Rockville Centre: Closed

The interior of the former Jani in Rockville

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Jani Chinese & Japanese Restaurant in Rockville Centre has closed. The restaurant, part of a Long Island chainlet, served spicy tuna rolls, chicken tempura and mu shu pork. It was located on Sunrise Highway.

Remaining Jani restaurants are scattered all over Long Island, with branches in Wantagh, Mineola, Hicksville and Huntington Station.  ...

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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...

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