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Morrison's opens in Plainview

A double cut pork chop is served with

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Meet Morrison's, the gastropub successor to Red Fish in Plainview. Like its predecessor, it is owned by restaurateur Art Bloom, this time, with his daughter, manager Shelby Poole, and her husband, co-chef Harry Poole. Both will be going back and forth between Morrison's and their Commack restaurant, Jackson's, while co-chef Jason Adams will remain in Plainview.

The restaurant, designed and...

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Cocktail hour at The Cuddy in Sag Harbor

At The Cuddy in Sag Harbor, the Gentleman's

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At The Cuddy, Sag Harbor’s new gastropub, beverage director Derek Nielsen has created a menu of delicious “handcrafted” cocktails to go with chef Gilberto Chico’s refined comfort food. Look for drinks made with fresh juices, artisanal bitters, house-made maraschino cherries and flavored syrups.

The Lucia Margarita ($12), with jalapeno-infused Reposado tequila, has just the right balance of...

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Sapsuckers in Huntington: Breaking the spell

The dining room at Sapsuckers Hops and Grub

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There’s this friend of mine with whom I have the worst restaurant luck. North Shore or South Shore, Suffolk or Nassau, Italian or Japanese — we never seem to have a good meal. Last night I took her to Sapsuckers in Huntington, and I’m happy to report that the spell — or at least the streak — is broken.

Sapsuckers Hops & Grub is what I call a going concern. Not only is it crowded (almost...

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Left Coast Kitchen: Exuberant in Merrick

At Left Coast Kitchen in Merrick, a lobster

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Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails is so assured, so comfortable in its skin, that it’s hard not to have a great time here. Certainly this is one of the South Shore’s hippest spots, with an open kitchen, lots of old-timey decorative accents and servers outfitted in the retro-lumberjack style of so many of-the-moment Brooklyn boites.

We started with fried oysters, good if not improved by their...

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Heirloom Tavern: First bites in Glen Head

At the new Heirloom Tavern in Glen Head,

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Barely a week old and Heirloom Tavern is already cooking. The spinoff of the Brass Rail (chef-owner Kent Monkan’s Locust Valley gastropub) was full on Friday night, with folks waiting at the bar by the time we left around 9 p.m.

The dining room is cozy and convivial. (Throw in a ceramic-tile floor and you’ve also got loud.) And the kitchen is doing a fine job. We started off with two excellent...

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Savoy Tavern: Open in Merrick

The Savoy Tavern opened Jan. 7 in the

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The former site of Merrick’s Brooks & Porter steakhouse (2008-12) has a new tenant: The Savoy Tavern is owned by a group of first-time restaurant owners who hired noted New York restaurateur Gerard Renny to create the concept.

Renny, whose Manhattan ventures have included Bar Stuzzichini and Sushi A Go-Go, put his ear to the Merrick ground. “What I heard was that Brooks & Porter’s...

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Heirloom Tavern opens in Glen Head

Tammy Vorrasi of Brookville, Kristy Russell of Oyster

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Kent Monkan, whose restaurant The Brass Rail is a popular destination in Locust Valley, has just opened a gastropub in Glen Head.

Heirloom Tavern, which opened Saturday,  moved into the site at the railroad station vacated last year by Fork & Vine. Before he opened The Brass Rail, Monkan operated the New American spot, Heirloom, at the Locust Valley address.

He termed Heirloom...

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Public House 49, Patchogue: New chef, new look

Matthew Birnstill takes over as chef at Public

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Matthew Birnstill, a chef whose credentials include 1770 House in East Hampton and the former Red Dish in Commack, just took over the kitchen at Public House 49 in Patchogue. The gastropub has seen its share of kitchen changes since it first opened in 2009. In fact, Birnstill is the first full-time executive chef the restaurant has had in almost two years.

At the moment, Birnstill said, the...

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