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West East, Hicksville: First bites

Pacific halibut is served at the West End

(Credit: Newsday/Peter Gianotti)

The new name is a mouthful: West East All Natural Bistro & Bar. But so's the food. This is the heir to an old favorite, West East Bistro. Now, it's a partnership between Danny Wu and new executive chef Jay Jadeja. Their venture specializes in hormone- and antiobiotic-free poultry and pork; and grass-fed beef from Painted Hill Farms. Those are all good things, as is the softer look of the place....

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Coffee creamer, now with actual cream

Natural Bliss from Coffee-mate is a coffee creamer

(Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus)

Well now I’ve seen everything. This weekend I came across Nestlé Coffe-mate Natural Bliss, a “creamer” made with ... wait for it ... milk and cream. Fairway was carrying two flavors, Vanilla (“Indulge yourself with the rich, natural flavor of Natural Bliss Vanilla. Made with only four natural ingredients [nonfat milk, heavy cream, sugar, natural flavor], it’s as delicious as it is smooth”) and...

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Hold the red peppers

Red peppers are ready for the kitchens and

(Credit: Rory Glaeseman)

A friend told me about a disappointing meal he’d had recently, concluding with, “and the salad had red peppers in it.” This friend has apparently absorbed my dining-out prejudices, down to the nit-pickiest. I hate to see red peppers in salad. “The last refuge of the salad scoundrel,” I always call them. It’s not that I dislike red bell peppers when they are on their own — roasted, sauteed, pureed...

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Jellyfish in Centerport gets new head chef

Matt Murphy is the new chef at Jellyfish

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Matt Murphy takes over as head chef for Jellyfish in Centerport — this, following the departure of former executive chef James McDevitt. Some of you may remember Murphy as chef-owner of the now-departed Antares in Greenport, as well as executive chef of the former Jedediah’s in Jamesport. He also cooked at La Colombe d’Or and March in Manhattan, the latter formerly owned by Jellyfish’s new general...

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Bud's Ale House closes in East Farmingdale

Bud's Ale House in East Farmingdale is closing

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Bud’s Ale House in East Farmingdale served its last Bud this past weekend. The sports bar and grill barely lasted four months in the former digs of a Hooters restaurant. Having eaten there just last week, I can only say that I’m hoping for something better --  lots better -- to take up residence in the capacious space. The Route 110 industrial corridor has long been short on great casual dining...

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Chennai Dosas: Midday buffet bonanza

A Mysore masala dosa sits atop an uttapam

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Chennai Dosas announces its presence with only a makeshift banner draped in its window, underneath the sign of its predecessor, Dosa Diner in Hicksville.  Bear this in mind when seeking out this Southern Indian vegetarian restaurant, which looks as though it might be a genuine dining destination. A recent afternoon buffet lunch, at $8.95 a person, was more than just a bargain; it was a standout....

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The Chicken Coop roosts in Huntington

Grilltisserie chicken, plus sides, from the new Chicken

(Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick)

Putting a Portuguese spin on chicken is The Chicken Coop, newly hatched in the former Huntington digs of Bad Dawgs. The sliver of a takeout shop, with minimal counter seating,  is owned by Alison and Eduardo Nobre of the nearby Portuguese restaurant Fado. On a recent afternoon, I ordered a complete meal for four called the Wagon Wheel which, for $36.50, consisted of two chickens, four side...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

A family-style portion of seafood fra diavolo at

(Credit: Johnny Simon)

In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti reviews Mio Posto in Hicksville, offspring of the big-hearted original in Oceanside and serving equally generous portions of Italian-American food. “If they ever open a third,” he writes, “consider the squid an endangered species and a run on mozzarella imminent.” Joan Reminick visits Williston Park's Opa Grille on a frigid night and finds the Greek restaurant,...

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Aozora in, Genji out in Jericho

Aozora succeeded Genji in Jericho. Pictured here, Aozora

(Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti)

Aozora is the new name and Japanese-Thai-Korean the new theme at the former Genji restaurant in Jericho. The sleek, contemporary spot is under the same management, but the emphases have shifted a bit with the inclusion of  items such as Thai red curry and japchae, the Korean noodle dish. There's still a full sushi and sashimi repertoire as well as hibachi dishes, tempuras and teriyakis. Aozora...

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Suozzis still on course for Stango's Glen Cove reopening

Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi addresses colleagues before

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

While Thomas Suozzi’s candidacy for Nassau County executive may be heating up local politics, it’s the renovation of Stango’s, a historic Glen Cove Southern Italian restaurant, that's on the front burner for his wife, Helene Suozzi. Both Suozzis head a team of investors in the soon-to-reopen restaurant, believed to be the oldest Italian dining spot on Long Island. “It’s still going to have the...

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