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Joan Reminick

In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.

Happily salad free at Kiss’o in New Hyde Park

The chirashi at Kiss'o in New Hyde Park

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They had me at no salad.

I dread the salad that comes with most Japanese meals. You know the one I mean — a clump of iceberg lettuce topped with a slice of cucumber and a slice of pink tomato over which someone has dumped a ladleful of orange dressing. This salad has been assembled in a glass bowl and has been stored in the refrigerator long enough for a puddle of condensation to pool at the...

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Lombardi’s to take over Love Lane Market in Mattituck

Love Lane Market in Mattituck sold specialty groceries,

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Suffolk’s Lombardi family is taking over the Mattituck space that formerly housed Love Lane Market. The owners of Mamma Lombardi’s, Villa Lombardi and Lombardi’s Market in Holbrook, Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue and Lombardi’s on the Sound in Port Jefferson hope to open the new store by Labor Day, according to Lauren Lombardi. Lauren, granddaughter of “Mamma" Michelina Lombardi, will be managing...

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GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre offers weekend deal

GM BURGER BAR, Rockville Center: A handsome addition

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GM Burger Bar in Rockville Centre will celebrate its first year in business with gift certificates for diners.

From July 11 to July 13, each table gets a $10 gift certificate to be used next time they visit the restaurant. Tap beers will cost $5 during the weekend festivities.

The kitchen will serve a "birthday burger" with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and house sauce on Texas toast....

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Open: Spiaggia in Long Beach

Spiaggia Cucina Italiana is a new restaurant in

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The calamari are frying, the pasta is boiling, and the red sauce flowing in Long Beach.

Spiaggia, or, in full, Spiaggia Cucina Italiana, is open and accepting reservations. It's open seven days, starting at noon, in the space that formerly housed George Martin's Coastal Grill.

Expect antipasti such as those crisp squid fra diavolo, rice balls and mozzarella in carrozza; pastas including...

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Closed: Deli King in New Hyde Park

Deli King in New Hyde Park has closed,

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Deli King in New Hyde Park has gone to that big kreplach in the sky. In addition to overstuffed sandwiches, chicken-in-the-pot and other classics, the decades-old kosher-style delicatessen served some of Long Island’s best French fries.

Delis have been dropping like flies in the past year. We lost Andel’s in Roslyn Heights, Commack Kosher Meats in Commack and Delsen’s in Bay Shore.


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World cups: Sip Peru's pisco sour in Glen Cove

Rotisserie chicken at the Manka Peruvian Kitchen in

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While Brazil weeps in its collective caipirinha, you can stay festive with another South American cocktail, the pisco sour of Peru.

This taste of Peru is available at Manka, newly opened in Glen Cove. The Peruvian restaurant also provides an introduction to some of the most refined, eclectic fare from Latin America.

A pisco sour typically contains two ounces of pisco, the grape spirit...

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Open: Shuko Beach in Wainscott

Shuko Beach in Wainscott in July 2014.

(Credit: Shuko Beach)

Long Island's insatiable appetite for sushi is being fed a bit more by a new Hamptonian.

Shuko Beach, a pop-up Asian restaurant specializing in chef's-choice dinners, has moved into the Montauk Highway address recently occupied by Highway Diner & Bar.

The sleek establishment is overseen by chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, formerly  of Neta in Manhattan. Shuko NYC is expected to...

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Montauk "taste" of restaurants coming July 20

Soft corn tacos served at SWALLOW EAST in

(Credit: Doug Young)

Montauk restaurants and caterers are set to show off their specialties on July 20 at the local Chamber of Commerce's second annual "taste of Montauk."

Tickets for the event are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. To buy tickets, contact the Montauk Chamber of Commerce at 631-668-2428; or purchase them online at www.montaukchamber.com

The tasting will be held at the Montauk Downs/ 360...

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Dan's Taste of Summer hits the Hamptons

Robert Irvine is host of the Food Network

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It's Long Island vs. Manhattan as eight local chefs fire up their grills on July 11 to take on their New York City counterparts. All 16 chefs are competing for the title of 2014 GrillHampton Champion as Robert Irvine, star of Food Network’s "Restaurant Impossible," plays host at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton.

Chefs including Tom Schaudel (A Mano), Victor Tapia (The Palm), and Arthur Wolf (Smokin...

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Smitty’s overreaches in Riverhead

Smitty's is the new restaurant at The All

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I don’t usually get excited when I see the words “bowling alley” and “restaurant” together, but news of Smitty’s All American Grill, the rebooted eatery inside the All Star in Riverhead, piqued my interest. With a large and ambitious menu of upscale dishes including truffle meatloaf with wild mushroom gravy and hake fillet with Banyuls gastrique, restaurateur Chris Smith and North Fork chef John...

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