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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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Old Westbury Diner opens

The Old Westbury Diner opened in May 2013,

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It’s been months since the Seacrest Diner closed at the intersection of Glen Cove Road and Jericho Turnpike. Shortly thereafter the building was taken down almost to its studs and entirely rebuilt. Last week it opened, christened Old Westbury Diner. The new Old Westbury is owned by the same team that runs the Williston Townhouse diner in Williston Park, and the menu is essentially the same. It...

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Long Island restaurant reviews: This week’s picks

Helene and Tom Suozzi with their son Michael

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Stango’s at the Orchard, the Glen Cove landmark recently relaunched by a group of investors led by former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi. Reminick praises the “first-class red sauce” and the “straightforward Italian repertoire melding the skills of chef Gabriel Massaro with the culinary legacy of 96-year-old restaurant matriarch Stella Stango Cocchiola,...

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Wine and chocolate tour of North Fork

Chocolate and wine at Laurel Lake Vineyards.

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Chocolate sommelier Roxanne Browning will be conducting an East End wine and chocolate tasting tour this Saturday, June 1. Included in the $85 fee are breakfast, bus transportation and wine and chocolate tastings at three North Fork vineyards — Paumanok, Laurel Lake and Palmer. Bring a picnic lunch. The tour departs from the Panera Bread parking lot at 919 Broadhollow Rd. in Farmingdale, near the...

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Provisions & Ingredients come to Peconic

At Provisions & Ingredients in Peconic, patrons can

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

Provisions & Ingredients is the very accurate name of a new venue in Peconic. The little store stocks a mix of artisanal goods from both near (sausage from Deep Roots Farm in Orient, pickles from Brooklyn Brine, dried beans from Upstate) and far (mostly pasta, tomatoes and specialty items from Italy). A refrigerated case displays cheeses and cured meats that can be purchased by the pound, or...

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Highway Diner, East Hampton: First bites

The Highway Diner in East Hampton is a

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

As diners go, East Hampton’s Highway Diner & Bar is about as beachy-chic as they come. Lots of white and blue and pale polished wood floors — in short, the colors of sand and sea. Even so, this is a true diner, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. If it's 8 p.m. and you've got a yen for pancakes, you can get them here. It was midday when I stopped in with the burning question:...

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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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Crazy Fork in Mattituck: First bites

Chopped smoked salmon salad at Crazy Fork in

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

Crazy Fork, the casual new Mattituck eatery, is a likable, easygoing spot. At a recent dinner, I saw many strengths as well as a few issues that needed addressing. The front room, with its oak floors and handsome bar, created a positive first impression. That, however, was somewhat undermined by the area outside the decent-enough restroom. Nothing that a quick paint job and new floor covering couldn't...

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Philly cheesesteaks and beyond in Blue Point

Beyond Philly in Blue Point features cheese steaks

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The pride of Philadelphia, the cheesesteak, has been gaining popularity on Long Island, but cheesesteak-free zones persist. In Blue Point, longtime cheesesteak fan Arnold Gifford decided to fill the local void and opened a small counter-service cafe and takeout devoted to the specialty —  and more. Not surprisingly, a list of cheesesteaks leads the menu, with a “classic Philly” ($8.99), made...

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Trattoria Diane, Roslyn oasis

Ricotta ravioli are served with spring vegetables and

(Credit: Newsday Erica Marcus)

There’s a feeling of calm that comes over me when I sit down to dinner at Trattoria Diane in Roslyn Village. The restaurant opened in 1993, and though the menu has changed in the ensuing decades — evolving from French to Tuscan to Roman to its current Roman-pan-Italian-New-American fusion — it remains one of the most satisfying, consistent venues on Long Island. Here’s what hasn’t changed: John...

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