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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

A special at Magic Taco Corp. in Islip

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Magic Taco Corp., the quirky new Islip Terrace eatery that is “anything but your average taqueria.” The amenities at this brightly painted little shack are minimal, but the innovative, cross-cultural tacos (and pupusas and Asian buns) wrought by Steven Scalesse (chef-owner of Tulullah’s in Bay Shore) and longtime collaborator Devin Delgado are good to...

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Open in Atlantic Beach: Anthony's Family Style Restaurant

Anthony's Family Style Restaurant serves an Italian menu

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New to Atlantic Beach is Anthony’s Family Style Restaurant, which takes over the site that once housed Chez Peter.

Owner Anthony Brew previously owned Serata in Long Beach, which closed following superstorm Sandy. Brew said that he and his new restaurant's chef, Oscar Contor,  worked together at several Matteo’s restaurants. Brew said that the two started out together at the Matteo’s...

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Relish in Kings Park to go on 10-day vacation

Chef Steve Cardello makes a delectable cheeseburger at

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If you’re craving the ricotta pancakes, cheeseburger with hand-cut fries or Philadelphia roast pork sandwich at Relish in Kings Park, better get there by Sunday.

From Monday until Wednesday, Sept. 3, chef co-owner Steve Cardello and the entire crew will be taking a late summer vacation. During that time, said Cardello, the place will also get a minor renovation.

Relish is at 2 Pulaski...

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Open in Huntington: Stella Blue

A mural of Jerry Garcia decorates an outside

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New to Huntington is Stella Blue, a casual, counter-service breakfast and lunch eatery that occupies a long-vacant site on New York Avenue, on the North end of town near Heckscher Park. On its outer brick wall is a mural depicting Jerry Garcia.

“I wanted to bring Woodstock down to Long Island,” said chef co-owner Robert Koopman, who added that the interior is “very hippie” in terms of look...

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Open in Albertson: Grillmark

Dimitri Londos, left, and Nick Marinos, are co-owners

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Billing itself as a “healthy eatery,” Grillmark has opened in the Waldbaums shopping center on Willis Avenue in Albertson. It occupies the spot that, briefly, was Prime Burgers and, before that, Deli on Rye.

The very attractive order-at-the-counter restaurant is decorated in an up-to-the-moment industrial-farmhouse style, with reclaimed wood, old-timey light bulbs and white subway tile. Also...

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Mirabelle in Stony Brook to host end-of-summer pig roast

Chef Guy Reuge reads an order in the

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Mirabelle restaurant will be roasting pork on Aug. 29.

The end-of-summer pig roast includes unlimited wine, beer and sangria, plus live music. The cost: $55 for adults, $20 for children younger than 12 years old. Mirabelle is situated in the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. The roast starts at 6 p.m.

The Friday dinner features roast suckling pig, barbecued spareribs, southern-style...

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Craft beer dinner at Anthony's in Commack

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Commack is staging

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Commack will be staging a four-course craft beer dinner featuring brews from Fire Island Beer Company at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25.

The beer-driven family-style meal, $30 a person (inclusive of tax and gratuity), begins with Sea Salt Ale paired with both a fresh mozzarella and tomato salad and classic Italian salad. Next comes Lighthouse Ale paired with eggplant...

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Closed in Commack: Main Catch

Main Catch in Commack

Main Catch, a seafood restaurant on Jericho Turnpike in Commack, has closed. The place opened in 2012 in the former digs of Southside Fish & Clam Restaurant and operated under the same ownership as the long-standing Southside Fish & Clam in Lindenhurst.

Main Catch received a one-star review from Newsday’s Peter M. Gianotti, who liked its sushi bar offerings and recommended some of...

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Closed in Merrick: Surf ’n Turf Mediterranean Grill

A shrimp and chicken kebab dish at Surf

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Surf ’n Turf Mediterranean Grill has closed. The restaurant — whose menu was a combination of Turkish, Greek and American cuisines — was sold more than a year ago by owner Al Avci (who currently is the owner of Prime Catch in Rockville Centre). Surf ’n Turf continued under new owners, but now the windows are papered over, the website kaput....

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Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport gets surprise makeover

Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport got a Food

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Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport, featured in a pivotal scene in the 1997 film “In and Out,” is getting another star turn. While owner Tim Hess was away in Montauk, Food Network engineered a makeover for an upcoming series called "American Diner Revival." Work began on Thursday, Aug. 14.

When Hess returned on Monday, he was flabbergasted. “There was a fire truck out in front,” he said, adding...

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