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Weekend picks: Earth Day prep

The health-minded Tiger Lily Cafe in Port Jefferson

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Get a head start on Earth Day celebrations. Here are three distinctive spots for some healthy fare that also tastes very good, whether you're a devout vegetarian or not.

Tiger Lily Cafe in Port Jefferson offers satisfying wraps, sandwiches, salads and soup to go with its smoothies and juices. If you're looking for a peanut butter-and-banana wrap or house-made falafel, this is your destination.

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Southfork Kitchen in Bridgehampton closes; Fresh coming soon

The dining room at Southfork Kitchen restaurant on

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Southfork Kitchen, one of the best and most ambitious restaurants of 2011, has closed.

The Bridgehampton site is to become Fresh, a new restaurant from veteran Long Island chef Todd Jacobs.

Southfork owner Bruce Buschel was not immediately available for comment. He continues to own the site.

Todd Jacobs recently was chef at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach. He also was chef-owner...

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Food trucks coming to Tanger, Riverhead

The Morris Grilled Cheese truck will be at

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A small fleet of food trucks will be descending upon the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead  this Saturday; find them in the parking lot of Tanger One from noon to 5 p. m. The event, part of Tanger’s “Great Taste, Great Style” home and garden weekend was organized by local food and wine magazine Edible East End, which is calling it the “Taste of the East End Food Truck Derby.”

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The Greene Turtle crawls toward Franklin Square

A mushroom Swiss burger and nachos at The

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Come early May, The Greene Turtle should be coming out of its shell in the former Franklin Square digs of Boulder Creek Steakhouse. The Maryland-based franchise specializes in regional “comfort food” and features flat screen TVs everywhere — even in booths.

Because of the Maryland influence, crab figures prominently on the menu. There’s a Maryland crabcake ($14.49), a Chesapeake burger made...

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Vege Favor: New and vegetarian in Islip

Vege Favor in Islip is designed to be

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The vegetarian population of Long Island has a new place to call its own. It's Vege Favor, occupying the spacious Islip storefront that, years ago, housed King’s Wok. The menu features vegetarian fare with a Chinese accent.

Manager Kathy Zhu said the counter-serve eatery is “green and healthy” in both design and menu, offering freshly squeezed and blended juices, along with lots of fresh vegetables,...

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Toast and Co. in Huntington launches "brinner"

Toast and Co. in Huntington is now serving

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Brinner is now being served at Toast and Co. in Huntington.

In case you're unfamiliar with the term, it means breakfast for dinner. The unconventional meal is being offered from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday by chef Darren Calica who, a couple of years back, did a brief dinner stint at this casual breakfast and lunch spot.

On Calica’s new menu are omelet “stuffers,” thin crepe-like...

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C’est Cheese ripens in Port Jefferson

A selection of cheeses at C'est Cheese in

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It’s been over a year and a half since Joe Ciardullo opened his cheese shop-cafe in Port Jefferson, and C’est Cheese is maturing nicely. The cheese selection approaches 120 varieties, and the dining-in menu has grown to include dozens of cheese plates, salads and sandwiches, seven of which are grilled cheese.

They include the Parisian (brie, apple and honey), the Capra (goat cheese, fig preserve...

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Fatfish in Bay Shore reopens

The wine bar, and its outdoor deck, are

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Back in the swim, after taking a big hit from superstorm Sandy, is fatfish Wine Bar & Bistro in Bay Shore. Or at least part of it.

Chef owner Brian Valdini said that the restaurant's wine bar, with seating for 48, as well as its canalside deck are up and running, the result of months of hard labor. All the kitchen equipment had to be replaced, as did the electrical work and Sheetrock....

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The Main Event to open in Farmingdale

The Main Event will soon open in Farmingdale.

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Opening soon in the vacated former digs of Kodiak’s on Rte. 110 in Farmingdale will be a new branch of The Main Event in Plainview, defined by co-owner Alex Constantatos as “a family restaurant with a sports theme.”

In addition to plenty of TV screens,  the place will feature a menu similar to the one in Plainview. Constantatos said that since his family is in the wholesale seafood business,...

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REIN at Garden City Hotel: First bites

Roasted wild striped bass with French lentils, leeks

REIN is the main restaurant in the Garden City Hotel. The hotel is under new ownership and there's a new chef, too

Over the years, the hotel has had several primary restaurants, among them the departed Polo and Giorgio. Polo had an open-air quality, off the lobby. Giorgio was a very traditional, Euro-haute dining room. Both definitely had their highs and lows.

The new REIN, while often...

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