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Kodiak's closes in Farmingdale

Kodiak's, Farmingdale

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Kodiak’s has closed. The cavernous restaurant, named for an Alaskan grizzly bear, was located along the busy Route 110 corridor in Farmingdale.

Whether the closing is temporary or for keeps remains to be seen. At the moment, though, you won’t be able to get the restaurant’s wings, burgers or “ballpark” pastrami sandwich while watching the sports action on innumerable TV screens....

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Southold chef competes on Food Network’s 'Chopped'

Stephan Bogardus, 25, of Southold, chef de cuisine

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Tonight at 10 p.m., Stephan Bogardus will open his basket and see what misbegotten ingredients he must fashion into an appetizer. The 25-year-old chef de cuisine at Southold’s North Fork Table and Inn is a contestant on Food Network’s popular “Chopped” competition show. To read more about Bogardus, click here.

The show was taped in May 2012, and one of the ingredients was smoked tongue. Beyond...

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Vintage on Jericho, a name that just won't quit

Vintage 25 Bar & Lounge is new at

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The Inn at Fox Hollow in Woodbury opened a wine bar recently and named it Vintage 25 Wine Bar & Lounge. Let the confusion begin.

Vintage 25 joins Vintage Bar and Grill (Jericho) and Vintage Restaurant Bar and Lounge (New Hyde Park) as the third establishment called Vintage to open on Jericho Turnpike in the past six months.

The other two places are restaurants; Vintage 25 is a wine...

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Gyrolicious: New and Greek in Jericho

This is the house-made beef and lamb gyro

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New to Jericho is Gyrolicious, an offshoot of a 4-year-old East Meadow Greek restaurant.

According to co-owner Carie Volonakis, everything is made in-house -- and that includes two kinds of gyro, one done with white and dark meat chicken, the other with beef and lamb. The meat is marinated, stacked and rotisserie roasted before being sliced to order.

Many of the dishes at the new place...

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Dao comes after Tao in Syosset

Shrimp and pork lo mein is served at

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Dao is the new name for the Jericho Turnpike restaurant previously dubbed Tao.

There are a couple stories about the change. One is that they had to switch the name because Tao is taken by another restaurant. Another: New management.

Either way, the food is pretty much the same, with a menu of Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes. The kitchen prepares good lo mein with shrimp and pork; cold...

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Mirabelle in Stony Brook: French Fridays

Chef Guy Reuge reads an order in the

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Mirabelle, for decades one of Long Island's top French restaurants, took New American turns in recent years. So, whenever chef Guy Reuge goes Gallic, it's alway worth a taste.

The four-star stop in the Three Village Inn has inaugurated "French Fridays," which translates into a three-course French supper for $39 per person, plus tax and tip. It's available from 6 to 9 p.m.


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Corned beef for St. Pat's: An American tradition

Corned beef and cabbage is served at the

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What, exactly, does an Irish pub go through to get ready for the greenest day of the year? Read all about it here, complete with a list of six places on Long Island to get corned beef and cabbage.

Ever the contrarian, I’m here to add that corned beef and cabbage is actually an American dish. Back on the Old Sod, it’s bacon and cabbage for the holiday meal.

In Ireland, “bacon” doesn’t...

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Cilantro, Northport: First bites

A burrito bowl starring barbacoa at the new

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The new Cilantro Mexican Inspired Food in Northport has been up and running for about a month now. Under the same ownership as the nearby Nina’s Pizzeria, the space — which last housed The Original Kasper's Hot Dogs — was conceived to run in the manner of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Order a burrito, a tortilla-free burrito bowl, tacos, fajita or salad at the counter, pick a protein and add some toppings....

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Caruso's in Rocky Point: Lunch bonanza

A lunch special at Caruso's in Rocky Point:

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A ten-spot may not always buy very much, but at Caruso’s in Rocky Point, it can snag you a lunch worth the trip. Included in the tab is soup or a salad, plus coffee or tea. Most seafood items incur a $3 surcharge.

The kitchen is under the command of chef co-owner Wayne Waddington, who also owns the fancier, pricier La Plage in Wading River. Nothing fancy about this pizzeria, with a large dining...

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Millennium Chicken III lands in Hicksville

Rotisserie chicken and fries at a new Peruvian

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Millennium Chicken, a Peruvian restaurant based in Valley Stream with an offshoot in Elmont, just opened its third location, this one in Hicksville. Owner Nury Burbon said the place has seating for 145, a full bar and table service.

On the menu: a whole rotisserie-roasted chicken with rice and beans or fries and a salad ($13); chaufa de pollo, or chicken fried rice ($12); and arroz con camarones,...

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