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Grotta di Fuoco in Long Beach: First bites

Fettuccine carbonara is served at Grotta di Fuoco

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Grotta di Fuoco is firing up dining out in Long Beach.

Go down the industrial metal steps and you're in a bustling, lively, sub-street space that could have been exported from Williamsburg or another hot quarter of Brooklyn. And the lively, rustic Italian food is a welcome addition to West Beech Street.

Try a wood-fired pizza capped with eggplant, fennel, pecorino cheese, arugula and...

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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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Open in Long Beach: Corazon de Cuba

Corazon de Cuba serves Cuban fare in Long

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Say hola to Corazon de Cuba, which takes up residence in the bilevel Long Beach space that last hosted Cuban Crocodile.

Co-owner Armando Lopez said that the restaurant's chef, Noe Dominguez, hails from Cuba and cooked at a few Cuban restaurants in Manhattan. “Everything is made fresh, in house,” he said.

On the menu: beef, chicken, shrimp or broccoli and cheese empanadas ($2.95 each),...

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Closed in Long Beach: Duke Falcon's Global Grill

A man walks with his dogs past the

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Long Beach has bid farewell, adieu, adios and addio to Duke Falcon’s Global Grill, a place that’s been a fixture on East Park Avenue since 1997.

When it opened, a legend printed on the back of its international menu alluded to Duke Falcon — a fictional character —  as the world-wandering lover of somebody's Aunt Angelica, a man in a brown fedora who sent his sweetheart all sorts of travel...

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Open in Long Beach: West End GR

West End GR serves Greek cuisine in Long

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West End GR recently made its debut in the former Long Beach digs of West End Coffee Shop. The cuisine here is Greek at both lunch and dinner. But early in the day, there’s a breakfast menu, said co-owner Nicolaos Gregoriou, adding that a morning meal has been served at the same address for years. Chef Frank Narantzis cooked at several Greek restaurants in Astoria and Manhattan and, according to...

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Closed in Long Beach: Serata South

Pasta Serata was served at Serata in Oyster

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Serata South in Long Beach has closed. The restaurant, which occupied the former Matteo’s site, offered an Italian menu as well as a late-night dancing scene. The place opened in 2012 as an offshoot of Serata in Oyster Bay. That restaurant, which closed earlier, has since been replaced by J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse. Serata South had the same menu as the original Serata, which received a two-star...

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Park Sports Bar & Grill opens in Long Beach

The Park Sports Bar & Grill is new

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The Park Sports Bar & Grill just opened in the former Long Beach digs of Corbin & Reynolds. The 250-seat place has more than 40 big screen TVs, as well as 32 beers on draft. In the kitchen is consulting chef Marc Anthony Bynum, who holds the same position at Cue Nine in Levittown. Formerly, Bynum helmed the kitchen at Tellers in Islip and Rookies Sports Club in Huntington.  Bynum said...

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Curry sausages in Long Beach

The Currywurst Company brings a popular German specialty

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Say guten tag to The Currywurst Company, which brings to Long Beach a variation on one of Germany’s most popular specialties — sausages served with curried ketchup. Here in Long Beach, bratwurst is topped with a proprietary tomato sauce and sprinkled with curry powder. “Oktoberfest year round” is the motto of the casual spot, where you order at the counter and your food is brought to you. Seating...

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Muscle Maker Grill comes to Amityville and Long Beach

The new Muscle Maker Grill in Merrick serves

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Muscle Maker Grill, a New Jersey-based national healthy eating chain, is muscling its way onto Long Island. Two new branches have opened in Amityville and Long Beach, with one in Merrick to follow shortly and, within the next few weeks, places in East Meadow and Huntington Station, too. What these counter-serve spots are all about is lean protein-based eating. On the menu are Texas chicken nuggets...

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Swingbellys BBQ born again in Long Beach

The St. Louis ribs at Swingbellys BBQ (June

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Swingbellys is back in the swing again. The Long Beach BBQ restaurant, wiped out by superstorm Sandy, is now up and smoking. Owner Sean Sullivan has taken over the smoker, since previous pitmaster Dan Monteforte has moved on to other pursuits. Sullivan said the recipes and techniques are the same as ever and that the rest of the crew has returned. The restaurant is using an abridged menu, which...

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