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La Marmite in Williston Park: First bites

At La Marmite in Williston Park, baked clams

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La Marmite, among the last of the "le" and "la" restaurants that long-defined fine dining on Long Island, has entered a new era.

But it's just as appealing as it has been for decades.

Under new ownership and a new chef, the polished continental has been refreshed. Fans of the original, however, shouldn't be worried. The quality is just as high. And the dining room, marked by excellent...

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Madison’s on Hillside: Closed in Williston Park

The main dining room at Madison's restaurant in

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Madison’s on Hillside, which opened last September at 38 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park , has closed, according to Joe Lester, chef-owner of The Ivy Cottage, Madison’s predecessor. The attractive New American restaurant earned two stars from Newday's Peter M. Gianotti when chef Jeffrey Slade was in the kitchen. (Slade has since moved on to Hemisphere in Bay Shore.)...

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Hildebrandt’s in Williston Park: Season opener

At Hildebrandt's in Williston Park, the chocolate malted

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The first warm day of spring means one thing to me: Milkshake for dinner. So last night, I took my un-jacketed self to Hildebrandt’s in Williston Park for a liquid meal.

It looked like the fellow behind the counter scooped a pint of chocolate ice cream into the stainless steel milkshake cup. Then, six or so squirts of chocolate syrup and very little milk. He blended it for a few minutes before...

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Weekend picks: Lose an hour, gain a memory

Southampton Publick House is located at 40 Bowden

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Daylight saving time claims an hour on Sunday. So, where would you go in search of lost time? Here are three restaurants that recapture the past -- and enjoy the present, too.

La Marmite in Williston Park is among the last continentals. Very good service, handsome appointments, and dishes such as onion soup gratinee, duck a l'orange with wild rice, calf's liver with bacon and onions, and a...

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Willy Parkers, Williston Park: Closed

Willy Parkers restaurant in Williston Park is now

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Willy Parkers American Bar & Grill in Williston Park is closed.

The dining and drinking spot, which was owned by brothers Louis and Rino Di Maria, had been featured on a 2012 episode of Food Network’s “Restaurant Stakeout.”

Updates on what will be going into the space will follow soon.  ...

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Riverbay closes in Williston Park

A seafood platter at Riverbay restaurant in Williston

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This past Saturday night, the final steamed lobster was served at Riverbay, a longtime seafood destination on Willis Avenue in Williston Park. The restaurant is now part of local history.

Riverbay’s owner, Dean Poll, who also owns The Boathouse in Central Park, said he is currently too busy in Manhattan to think about reprising Riverbay elsewhere, but, he added, “If I found the right property, ...

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Weekend picks: Super Bowl eats

This Super Bowl will be the first ever

Before the Ravens and the 49ers take the field, you should find your seat. Here are three choices.

Willy Parkers American Bar & Grill suits the spectacle with chicken wings seven ways, from Buffalo to Thai chili. Burgers: beef, turkey, salmon, bison, chicken varieties. And you can bite into a Cuban sandwich or Philly cheesesteak, too.

The Main Event in Plainview kicks in with "field...

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Opa Grille, Williston Park: First bites

A trio of dips -- taramasalata, hummus and

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On a crazy cold night not too long ago, the new Opa Grille in Williston Park was a warm haven. To find a restaurant that's evenly heated isn't as easy as you might imagine.

Dinner began with a basket of warm pita triangles — whole wheat and regular — accompanying an appetizer of three dips: briny taramasalata (roe), spicy feta with roasted peppers, and a properly garlicky hummus ($9.95). While...

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New chefs at Madison's in Williston Park

Chef Jeffery Slade plating a dish at The

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Jeffery Slade is out as top toque at Madison's on Hillside in Williston Park, replaced by two executive chefs: Steve Demetriou, whose experience includes the former Fiddleheads in Oyster Bay and the Fishery Grill in Glen Head; and Will Kelly, formerly of Fatfish in Bay Shore.

Owner Kevin Madison said that the restaurant's New American menu would continue to change about every three days. Madison's...

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Opa Grille in Williston Park: Apps make the meal

Opa Grille is a new Greek restaurant in

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Last week I succumbed to the charms of small plates. I found myself at Opa Grille, the 2-month-old Greek restaurant that replaced Toast & Jamz in the H-Mart shopping center on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park.

The appetizer menu contained two of my favorite Greek starters, grilled octopus ($13.45) and the aromatic Greek sausage called loukaniko ($7.95), and so, in the manner of so many...

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