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Open in Woodbury: Krinti Mediterranean Grill

Krinti Mediterranean Grill is new to Woodbury in

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Krinti Mediterranean Grill is serving meze, kebabs, sandwiches and salads in the Woodbury Common shopping center in Woodbury.

The new place is owned by Erol Alkan, whose father, Navim Alkan, owns Chicken Kebab in Roslyn Heights. At this new spot, chef Mevlut Boyaci turns out a repertoire that’s mostly Turkish, with a few Greek dishes.

On the menu: an appetizer sampler, that might include...

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Oktoberfest kicks off at Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square

A German band plays at the Ompahfest, held

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Lederhosen alert.

The festivities for Ompahfest at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square start on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

In Munich, Oktoberfest begins the same day, with the first beer barrel tapped by the mayor midday.

At Plattduetsche, you'll find the house's brew. Kolsch beer is the golden, top-fermented local brew of Cologne. It's similar to a pale ale. Plattduetsche's brew is...

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Grace's Trattoria East in Greenvale: Eat, shop, smile

Pizza with prosciutto, plum tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and

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Between the coffee-and-baked-goods counter and the butcher shop at Grace's Marketplace is this 40-seater for in-house dining. And Grace's Trattoria East is just as tempting and flavorful as everything around it.

Placing a very good little eatery in a gourmet market, of course, allows the shopper to rest before completing a grocery order, and get re-energized, too. Arrive early for breakfast,...

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Long Island restaurants: new reviews

Beef braciola, stuffed with pine nuts and raisins,

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It’s been a good week for pasta. And pastrami.

Peter M. Gianotti awards two stars to Tony Colombos Italian Bistro in Rockville Centre, saying, “This buoyant restaurant keeps the river of red sauce running, adds a few tributaries and leads to some unlikely destinations.”

Joan Reminick also gives two stars to Mama Mia of Northport, where “it’s hard to decide between the fork-tender chicken...

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Ristegio's in North Patchogue launches prix fixe, fall menu

Chef Richard Lanza at work in the kitchen

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Ristegio’s in North Patchogue, which received a three-star review in May, has come out with a new summer-to-fall menu. Chef co-owner Richard Lanza has come up with such items as coriander-crusted Montauk tuna $28, prosciutto-wrapped diver sea scallops ($28) and pan-roasted chicken breast ($19).

The restaurant is also featuring a weekly-changing $29 prix-fixe Sunday to Tuesday nights that might...

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Galleria reopens in Westbury with original owner

The dining room at Galleria Ristorante in Westbury

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Dominick is back.

That's Dominick Zelko, who opened Galleria, an Italian-continental mainstay, in 1984, and operated it until five years ago, when he sold the restaurant.

The popular spot, which once was known as Galleria Dominick, didn't fare too well under new ownership. Zelko now owns it once more. And after three weeks shut so it could be renovated, the “new” Galleria opened this...

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Chili cook-off to benefit Islip fire museum

At the first annual Big Chili Cook-Off at

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Are you ready to taste 100 gallons of chili?

The West Sayville Fire Department hosts a chili cook-off on Saturday. It's a fundraiser to support construction of the Town of Islip Firefighters Museum & Education Center. Admission is $10 for anyone 12 years old or older.

All proceeds benefit the building project. Groundbreaking is expected this fall in Central Islip, across from Bethpage...

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Breakfast launched at Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace

Duck fat hash browns with seasonal wild mushrooms,

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Magic Taco Corp. in Islip Terrace has just started serving breakfast, available Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. The little roadside shack with minimal indoor seating and a few outdoor tables received a three-star rating in August.

Co-chef/owner Steven Scalesse was also profiled in Newsday’s All-Star chef series as chef-owner of Tullulah’s in Bay Shore; his partner and fellow chef,...

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New dining options at Roosevelt Field

A rendering of the Roosevelt Field's Dining District,

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Roosevelt Field is undergoing a major retail expansion (newcomers will include Neiman Marcus) and the food service is getting an upgrade too. A new Dining District is under construction, scheduled to open in January. The area will occupy what used to be retail space on the mall’s northeast side. It will have about 1,250 seats, as opposed to the current 900, and will feature an outdoor terrace with...

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Cafe Testarossa in Syosset: An update

Grilled octopus with escarole, crushed tomatoes and chickpeas

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Cafe Testarossa is running on all cylinders.

The restaurant, now almost equal parts Italian and New American, is more than two decades old. It has had a few lives over the years.

But the food currently is sharper and better than before, whether you're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs or a heritage pork chop on sweet potatoes.

A very good starter: marinated and grilled octopus,...

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