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Open in Levittown: Firehouse Subs, first LI branch of national chain

The new Firehouse Subs in Levittown is decorated

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Firehouse Subs, a Florida-based national franchise chain, just opened its first Long Island branch in Levittown. The chain, which was founded by firefighters, offers an assortment of sandwiches, some under 500 calories. Each restaurant is decorated with memorabilia from the local fire department. A nonprofit arm of the business, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, also aids local first...

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Artistry at The Orient in Bethpage

Steamed whole chicken is garnished with Chinese mustard

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The Orient in Bethpage has a huge selection of dishes, some of them authentic Chinese, some of them American-Chinese classics, some of them the product of owner Tommy Tan’s fevered imagination. He is always excited to try out his new creations on customers and it’s rare that I leave the Orient without having gotten a taste of some new specialty, usually featuring filet mignon. (Tan seems to believe...

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Green Tea Restaurant in Stony Brook: First bites

Cumin tofu at Green Tea Restaurant in Stony

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On a recent busy night, the new Green Tea Restaurant in Stony Brook reverberated. There was clatter from the open kitchen and chatter from the mostly college-age clientele, many speaking dialects of Chinese. I, however, was too focused on my food to care much about the decibel level.

To start, there was shrimp dumpling soup ($3.95), a verdant spinach-chicken broth topped with one plump...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Chef Richard Desmond's pumpkin tiramisu is boozy, airy

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick follows the dulcet tones of chef-operatic-tenor Richard Desmond to his new gig at Fargiano’s Pizza & Pasta in East Islip. The decor of the pizzeria is modest, but Desmond hits the high notes with a fragrant eggplant-basil bisque, delectable meat lasagna, made with hand-rolled pasta and a “pumpkin tiramisu with drifts of freshly whipped cream that is boozy,...

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Chef exits Gurney's in Montauk

The refurbished dining room is a refreshing highlight

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Seth Levine no longer is the executive chef at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. Jennifer Oz LeRoy also has departed as food and beverage director.

They were brought in with much fanfare earlier this year as the landmark resort, formerly Gurney's Inn,  continues to undergo a major overhaul under new management. Sucessors to Levine and LeRoy have not been named.

A spokeswoman...

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Jamesport Manor Inn's $29 fixed-price dinner

The Jamesport Manor Inn is tucked away on

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If you're headed out to the North Fork for a festival or a wine tour, know that the Jamesport Manor Inn is offering a $29 fixed-price "fall harvest" dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Appetizer choices may include a roasted beet salad with bacon, goat cheese, orange and roasted pistachios; or a mixed greens with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Main dishes...

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Open in Freeport: The Texas Ranger

The Texas Ranger is reborn in Freeport at

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The Texas Ranger was an on-and-off presence on the Freeport eating scene from the 1940s through the 1990s. Over the years, the place accrued a loyal following for two signature items, its chili and its  “Ranger burger,” topped with shredded cabbage, tomato and a “special” sauce.

Now, The Texas Ranger has launched at a new Freeport address under new ownership.

When I stopped in,...

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Shake Shack to open in New Hyde Park

Long Island's first Shake Shack opened in November

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Shake Shack, the wildly popular burger-and-shake chain, is opening a branch in the Lake Success shopping center. It will occupy the space that, until earlier this year, housed Deli King. Long Island’s first Shake Shack, in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza (in Garden City) opened in November 2012 and has been busy pretty much every since.

Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack’s director of marketing, said...

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Epic bun fail at Cheeburger Cheeburger

Cheeburger Cheeburger in Farmingdale now offers a honey-wheat

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Aside from using quality beef, here’s what a burger joint needs to do to completely satisfy me:

* Cook burgers to order

* Use good hamburger buns

* Have good, hand-cut French fries

* Serve good shakes

Bobby’s Burger Palace is, currently, the only major chain that’s batting 1000. Despite the fine fries, Five Guys won’t serve a rare burger and has no shakes (though it...

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Open at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove: Bonefish Grill

Interior of the new Bonefish Grill at Smith

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Bonefish Grill has opened at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, joining the branch of the Florida-based seafood chain that debuted a few months back in Rockville Centre.

The capacious restaurant, located near Barnes & Noble, has seating for 295 people. It features an open kitchen and a large bar area with communal tables, as well as two private dining rooms.

On the dinner menu: Bang...

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