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Quesadilla Cubana, lobster bisque, pozole, tacos, chocolate flan,

Quesadilla Cubana, lobster bisque, pozole, tacos, chocolate flan, strawberry margarita pie. See more photos. (Credit: Doug Young)

In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick rediscovers Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine in Nesconset which, after 10 years, has reasserted itself with creative, vibrant food. The menu draws from Mexican, Cuban, Central and South American influences and, says co-owner Maria Mones, “we’re always looking for new recipes.”

Peter Gianotti visits two wine bars. Bin 56, under new management in Huntington, offers a downtown vibe, a communal table and a respectable menu. Highlights include grilled endive, spicy-sweet chicken wings; fish tacos; spring rolls; fig-Brie-prosciutto crostini and cevapi, or Croatian-style grilled ground meat. If you’re looking to try excellent Croatian wines, Bin 56 is your destination.

Molto Vino, “recently uncorked” in Babylon is “a stylish and tight storefront, situated next to Solo Vino, its wine-shop parent.” Chiantis are among the versatile selections, which tend toward Italian and American bottles. “To go with your red or white: a modest selection of panini and salads, cured meats and cheeses.”
 

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