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Combat the polar vortex: Dine by a fireplace

The dining room at Franina.

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Feel cold yet? Find a good restaurant with a fireplace. Here are four choices (moderate to expensive in price) that will do the job better than a hot toddy. Ask for a table near the hearth. Franina in Syosset warms you with a fireplace as well as its savory Italian food. Try the osso buco, the rib-eye, red snapper oreganata, mascarpone cheesecake. The fireplace is in the main dining area. Cooperage...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

The foundation of Cinco de Mayo's tacos: house-made

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Joan Reminick reviews Cinco de Mayo in Calverton. “You know a Mexican restaurant is serious,” she writes, “when the menu includes pig's ear, tripe and tongue tacos, along with the more gringo-friendly chicken and shrimp. Upping the authenticity quotient at Cinco de Mayo: a chef who goes so far as to make his own soft corn tortillas.” Peter Gianotti visits Ting in Huntington, the successor to Dao...

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Cinco de Mayo in Calverton: First bites

Trio of tacos at the new Cinco de

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The three tacos I had at for lunch at the Cinco de Mayo in Calverton were not only excellent; they also gave testimony to the authenticity and skill to be found at this new Mexican restaurant. The spacious dining spot, open since November in the former home of Crossroads, is done up in red, green and white — the colors of the Mexican flag, proudly displayed. Chef co-owner Refugio Iglesias, who...

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Cinco de Mayo opens in Calverton

Tacos at Cinco de Mayo new restaurant in

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Calverton now has its own Mexican restaurant — Cinco de Mayo, which debuted two weeks ago in the space that once housed Crossroads. Chef co-owner Refugio Iglesias has an impressive non-Mexican resume, having cooked at Manhattan dining spots such as The Harrison and Verbena. Here in Calverton, Iglesias serves the food of his native Puebla, Mexico. On the still-evolving menu: spicy pork tacos...

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