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E.A.T.S. Social House in East Massapequa: First bites

Pork chop with pineapple salsa is served at

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E.A.T.S. Social House brings a casual, unpretentious style to the ex-site of Alaine's in East Massapequa.

It's an easygoing spot with friendly service. Order carefully and you'll have a good meal, too.

That means perusing the "tapas" list and picking meatballs stuffed with mozzarella: well-sauced and softball-size. The honey-barbecue chicken wings also are meaty and good. And the juicy...

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Jam in Massapequa Park is open

Jam is serving breakfast and lunch in Massapequa

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More than a year in the making, Jam in Massapequa Park is finally ready. The days-old breakfast and lunch spot is owned by Peter Mangouranes and brothers Paul and Anthony Oliva, who also co-own The Good Life, a block away, and The Phoenix in Seaford. Mangouranes is a partner, as well, at The Republic in Farmingdale.

Almost everything served is made from scratch, said Mangouranes, describing...

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Greek Street comes to Massapequa Park

Two kinds of gyro at the new Greek

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At the new Greek Street in Massapequa Park, the signature dish is the sandwich dubbed the “authentic street gyro" ($8.50). Having had one on a recent visit, I now find myself thinking about when I'll get another. Tucked inside a pita are shards of juicy house-made pork gyro, tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, tzatziki sauce and — believe it or not —  fries. These were hand-cut, nutty and delectable...

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Smuggler Jack's steals into Massapequa

Smuggler Jack's in Massapequa has outdoor waterside seating.

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Smuggler Jack’s, hidden away in a residential Massapequa neighborhood, makes its home in an entirely new structure alongside Schmidt’s Canal, one of the South Shore’s many small waterways. Outdoors, you’ll find tables overlooking the canal and indoors, a handsome and tasteful dining space and bar. The recent weekday afternoon I stopped in to pick up a menu, the place seemed to be hopping.

It’s...

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New sushi and pad Thai in Massapequa

A big bowl of wonton noodle soup at

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A restaurant with the unlikely name of Casa Asia recently took over the downtown Massapequa space that, for years, housed China Royal. Now, the place has a spare, contemporary look — and a sushi bar. Of course.

Yet despite the restaurant’s nomenclature, which employs the Spanish and Italian word for “house,” nothing on the menu evokes Europe or Latin America — unless, of course, you count...

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Ephesus in Massapequa Park: Simple pleasures

At Ephesus in Massapequa Park, the shepherd salad

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A simple, fresh salad; good bread. That’s all I want.

Last night at Ephesus, the family-run Turkish restaurant in Massapequa Park, that’s what I got. The bread, the flat-but-puffy Turkish pide, is made on the premises and makes Ephesus’s bread basket one of Long Island’s most appealing. The shepherd salad, $6.50, combines chopped ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, parsley, mint...

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Dairy Queen's royal entrance in Massapequa

A FlameThrower burger at Dairy Queen in Massapequa.

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It’s opening day at Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in Massapequa and the people standing in line are poised to attack frozen Blizzards (soft-serve reduced-fat ice cream laced with cookies, fruit or candy), ready to dive into GrillBurgers dripping with cheese.

While this isn’t Long Island’s first Dairy Queen ever, for now it’s the only one — and the first Grill & Chill franchise, which goes...

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The Greek in Massapequa Park closes

Gyro at The Greek, newly opened in Massapequa

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The Greek, a Massapequa Park takeout on Park Boulevard specializing in house-made gyro, has closed after a run of only a few months. Co-owner Peter Mangouranes said the eatery may reopen after the summer. There were problems, he said, with properly staffing the place. 

Meanwhile, Mangouranes — who is also a partner at The Good Life, a block away, and The Phoenix in Seaford — is readying...

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3 La Bottega eateries break from franchise

The former La Bottega in Huntington is now

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Three of Long Island's 17 La Bottega franchises have gone independent, each changing its name but keeping most of the grill-pressed sandwiches and salads from before. On the menu, some dishes have also had name changes.

In Huntington, the former La Bottega is now called New York Panini. Owner Joe Quirke said what used to be called the Susan salad, made with breaded chicken cutlets, hot peppers...

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Celeb chef Heather West departs Ciao Baby

Jellyfish chef Heather West, when she cooked at

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Heather West — the season 2 winner of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” — has bid arrivederci to Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park, where she was executive chef for over a year. She is now chef at Thatched Cottage, a catering venue in Centerport.

At Ciao Baby, co-owner Frank Cammarata is now back in charge of the kitchen. Cammarata said that he is sticking with the menu that he and West planned...

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