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Marjorie Robins

Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

LI farmers markets move indoors

The offerings at the winter farmers market at

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Most of Long Island's farmers markets take their final bow at Thanksgiving, but a few intrepid souls have organized winter markets where folks can continue to shop until the crocuses come up. The produce offerings are slim, of course, but onions, cauliflower, local hothouse salad greens and potatoes are nothing to sneeze at. And all the markets round out their merchandise with baked goods, jams,...

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Viaggio Tapas opens in Rockville Centre

Viaggio Tapas is a new small-plates restaurant in

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Here's a late-breaking entry to 2014's crop of small-plates restaurants: Viaggio Tapas is open for dinner in Rockville Centre.

The restaurant is a collaboration between Ronny Jaramillo, a former general manager at Besito, and RoseAnn Vercillo. They have transformed the space that used to house The Manhattan Bar & Lounge. Now it's all rustic wood, subway tiles and copper pots — plus hooks...

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The Refuge in Melville: First bites

The Refuge takes over the Melville space that

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When Four Food Studio opened in 2005, it immediately changed dining out along Route 110, for decades the Death Valley of restaurants.

Now, its successor, The Refuge Food & Spirit, may do the same.

Almost no trace of Four remains. This has been a truly extreme makeover, turning the modern-to-futurisic dining areas into the equivalent of a Latin American-Italian movie set for a spaghetti...

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Cooking classes at MarGene Farms, Mattituck

MarGene Farms is a certified organic farm in

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MarGene Farms, one of Long Island’s only certified organic farms, is holding a pair of Tuesday-night cooking classes with local chefs.

The lineup:

Dec. 16: Steven Amaral, owner-chocolatier at North Fork Chocolates and former owner of Amarelle in Wading River

Jan. 20: Taylor Knapp, chef at First & South in Greenport

The chefs’ menus will be focused on seasonal produce...

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Cheesecake Factory opens in Bay Shore

The Cheesecake Factory chain has opened a restaurant

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The Cheesecake Factory has opened its fourth Long Island location at Westfield South Shore Mall in Bay Shore. (The other three are at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington, The Mall at The Source in Westbury and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.)

The national chain is known not only for its eponymous cheesecakes, but for an eclectic, crowd-pleasing menu of generally high-caliber dishes that include...

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Tony Roma's to open in Commack

Tony's Roma's in Commack opens Dec. 11.

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Tony Roma's is giving Long Island a ribbing.

The casual-dining chain opens a branch in Commack on Dec. 11. There are other Tony Roma's restaurants in Bayside and in Brooklyn. The Commack establishment is at 2 Henry St., in the Cosentino Commerce Center. More than two decades ago, there was a Tony Roma's in Syosset.

Specialties at Tony Roma's include baby back ribs, St. Louis ribs, beef...

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Tom Colicchio exits Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton

Tom Colicchio stands outside Topping Rose House on

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Tom Colicchio has checked out of Topping Rose House.

The celebrity chef and host of TV's "Top Chef" will formally split in January with the locavore Bridgehampton restaurant and luxury hotel he helped launch.

Colicchio and owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell "mutually agreed to part ways amicably," a spokeswoman for the restaurant said. She added that except for Colicchio's departure,...

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New finds at Bosphorus Cafe Grill, Port Washington

A ring-shaped simit is served with tahin pekmez,

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When you’ve enjoyed a meal at a restaurant, it’s tempting to order the same dishes the next time you dine there. In fact, I recently returned to Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Washington for the express purpose of reliving such happy memories as the startling puffy lavas bread and the crispy-gooey-nutty-aromatic kunefe dessert. But in between those two dishes were some new ones.

In addition...

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Long Island restaurants with spicy fare to heat up a cold day

The tandoori duck breast at Southern Spice in

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One way to keep warm this watery and windy day is to indulge in foods that are highly spiced. Word has it that there are also health benefits to turning up the heat when you eat.

Here are three Asian restaurants with a knack for setting your mouth to throbbing. For many, that kind of pain amounts to the greatest of pleasure.

NEW CHILLI & CURRY RESTAURANT

At this popular nexus...

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Closed: JW's Public House in Glen Head

VIntage black-and-white photos that evoke waterside activities decorate

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JW's Public House, a seafood restaurant in Glen Head, has closed.

Owners Mary and Bill Terzi cited requirements and demands by the landlord and Nassau County for shutting the doors. They would have limited the restaurant to 34 seats. The limit made closing necessary. "We have no choice," the owners said in a message on the establishment's Facebook page.

JW's Public House opened last...

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