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P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury opening Monday

P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury on Nov. 19, 2014.

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Attention, paparazzi: P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury opens Monday at 5 p.m.

This is the lone Long Island link in the chainlet. The original P.J. Clarke's continues to do business at Third Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan. The building opened there in 1884, but under another name.

The names associated with the bar and grill take in Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as Ray Milland...

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Volpe in Woodbury: First bites

Pacceri pasta with sausage and broccoli raab is

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Upstairs, an elevator and a light year from Fox Hollow's meetings, weddings and assorted catered affairs, is Volpe.

This serene, traditionally appointed dining room, removes you from the din and sometimes from 2014.  It has the style of an old-fashioned continental, and much of the menu reflects that, too.

Volpe, which means fox in Italian, is the renovated ristorante that looks...

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Dining in Woodbury: 5 picks

The meatball-ricotta pizza at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.

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Jericho Turnpike is one of Long Island's longest restaurant rows. Here are five flavorful stops along the Woodbury stretch.


, 7981 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury; 516-496-4236 This is one of three branches of the deli in Nassau. It's an essential visit for chicken soup with either noodles or matzoh balls; and on Fridays, cabbage soup. Anytime, open wide for the overstuffed sandwiches,...

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BurgerFi comes to Woodbury

The new BurgerFi in Woodbury draws a big

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BurgerFi, one of the newest burger franchise chains to hit Long Island, just opened its second location in the same Woodbury strip mall as Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. The original Long Island  BurgerFI is in Oceanside. At both places, sustainability figures into both the decor and the food. Having tried the burgers at the original spot (click here to read about them), I stopped into the newer...

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Nisen closing in Woodbury; expanding in Suffolk

Nisen Sushi is a restaurant on Jericho Turnpike

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Tomorrow will be the last night for Nisen in Woodbury. The lounge-y sushi spot, which also served a contemporary Japanese-New American menu, opened in 2007. In 2008, it headed the list of Newsday's sushi restaurants. But the Nisen name goes on. With an existing location in Commack, Nisen will be opening two new Suffolk County branches — one, as already reported, in the former Melville home of Barolo...

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Long Island Hospitality Ball: Restaurants converge on June 3

Guests dine and dance around the pool during

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The third annual 2013 Long Island Hospitality Ball will be held on Monday, June 3 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, showcases food and drink from hundreds of local restaurants and wine and spirit companies, among them: Rare 650 in Syosset, Tellers and Verace in Islip, Vero and Vittorio’s in Amityville, K. Pacho in New Hyde Park,...

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Vintage on Jericho, a name that just won't quit

Vintage 25 Bar & Lounge is new at

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The Inn at Fox Hollow in Woodbury opened a wine bar recently and named it Vintage 25 Wine Bar & Lounge. Let the confusion begin. Vintage 25 joins Vintage Bar and Grill (Jericho) and Vintage Restaurant Bar and Lounge (New Hyde Park) as the third establishment called Vintage to open on Jericho Turnpike in the past six months. The other two places are restaurants; Vintage 25 is a wine bar with...

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Weekend picks: Oscars and edibles

Insignia Prime Steak and Sushi, located in Smithtown,

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Before you settle in with Seth Macfarlane for some Oscar fireworks, enjoy a meal at a restaurant that could have been nominated for art direction and set decoration, even special effects. Insignia in Smithtown s a big, glittery place for excellent steaks and sharp sushi. The expensive, Vegas-style restaurant is sufficiently over-the-top for your own little Oscar party. Nisen Woodbury is both cinematic...

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Fox Hollow, Woodbury: Whole lotta love

People dine at Rare650 restaurant in Syosset. (Jan.

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The Inn at Fox Hollow and Rare650 restaurant are a couple for Valentine's Day,  for an overnight stay, a dinner credit and breakfast for two. Their "romance packages" start at $239 per night, with overnight stay and breakfast. The Rare650 package starts at $379 and includes a night in a suite at Fox Hollow, a $150 dinner credit to be used for two at Rare650 and transportation to...

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Signing in: Two upcoming restaurants

Sign announcing forthcoming restaurant Cinque Terre in Huntington

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The former site of Amicale and Panama Hatties in Huntington Station now has a banner announcing the coming opening of Cinque Terre Ristorante. Cinque Terre, the region of sharp cliffs on the Italian Riviera between La Spezia and Levanto,  is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More to come about the forthcoming dining room at 872 Jericho Tpke. Also displaying new signage: a vacant storefront in...

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