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Cheeburger Cheeburger in Plainview closes

A one-pound burger served at the Cheeburger Cheeburger

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Cheeburger Cheeburger in Plainview has closed. It was the first branch of the '50s-themed franchise to open on Long Island and was located in the same strip mall as Fairway Market. Trademark items: imaginatively topped burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes in a wild array of flavors.

There are currently two other Long Island Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurants, at 46 Great Neck Rd., Great Neck,...

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Mitch and Toni's in Albertson serving Passover dinner

Mitch & Toni's American Bistro in Albertson is

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For those who want to celebrate Passover but — for whatever reason — can’t do it at home, Mitch and Toni’s American Bistro in Albertson is offering a Passover prix-fixe dinner on March 25 and 26 from 5 p.m. at $48 per person. No, it’s not kosher nor is it a true seder, with readings from the Haggada, but it will feature traditional dishes.

Chef Mitch SuDock's dinner begins with chopped liver...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Heirloom Tavern's juicy Berkshire pork chop is finished

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This week, Peter Gianotti strikes it rich at Heirloom Tavern, a new gastropub in Glen Head.  Chef Kent Monkan earns three stars. Monkan builds on his success at The Brass Rail in Locust Valley as well as at Heirloom, its predecessor. “Basically,” Gianotti says of Monkan, “you can eat very well following the Huntington native around Long Island.”

Joan Reminick's Cheap Eats column checks...

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Weekend picks: Refreshing your appetite

MARKET BISTRO, JerichoWe say: The trip from farm

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As the season of renewal and transformation begins, look for a restaurant to refresh your appetite. Here are three that definitely do that.

Chachama Grill in East Patchogue is situated in a shopping center on Montauk Highway, Find it to enjoy baby beet salad with red onion, shrimp seviche with cilantro and poblano peppers, dry sea scallops with spaghetti squash and mushrooms, rack of pork...

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BlonDee's Bistro, Huntington, does dinner

Thai chicken lettuce wraps at BlonDee's Bistro in

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When Two Blondes and a Stove morphed into BlonDee’s Bistro & Bar, owner Dena Fenza and executive chef Michael Hansen added a dinner menu of small plates to the breakfast and lunch options.

On a recent night, I stopped in for dinner. Having had breakfast and lunch there before, my expectations were generally high.

And generally unmet. Kobe beef sliders, requested rare, were cooked...

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Tellers in Islip: Prime-time ribeye

The "signature ribeye" is a prime choice at

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Few steaks served on Long Island make as dramatic an entrance as the ribeye at Tellers in Islip.

Tellers, subtitled "An American Chophouse," sends out a lot of excellent beef, but only this cut is deemed a "signature" steak.

It comes in at about 38 ounces, with a trimmed bone that makes the whole thing look like an edible tennis racket, a Frenched chop from "The...

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Wildfish in Freeport rebounds and reopens

This is the newly restored Wildfish in Freeport,

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After a major push to rebuild in the wake of superstorm Sandy, Wildfish in Freeport has opened for the season.

“It’s been a wild winter, and thank goodness we’ve been able to put the place back together,” said chef Brad Rubano, who co-owns the seafood restaurant with his father, Tony.

Brad Rubano said the place was flooded, its electric and the furniture destroyed. Tables, chairs, flooring:...

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Maxwell's in Islip doubles its size

Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing and

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Maxwell’s, a tavern and restaurant in downtown Islip, just completed an expansion to twice its original size, adding a new raised dining area, a communal table and a wraparound bar plus a fireplace. You'll also find outdoor seating with a fire pit for cooler nights.

A new pub style menu from executive chef Mario Villalobos includes Buffalo chicken wings with house-made blue cheese dressing...

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Spring arrives; go for the ravioli primavera

Try the fine butternut-squash raviolo finished with butter,

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The only thing springlike about today is the blooming of potholes on the Long Island Expressway.

But ... when the vernal equinox coincides with National Ravioli Day, it must be a good sign.

Yes, you can take sides and either make or order pasta primavera with whatever vegetables are handy; or, take a stand with your favorite ravioli.

In the interest of bipartisanship: vegetable...

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Turkish tea in Deer Park

Turkish tea talk is being held at the

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It will be Turkish tea time at the Turkish Cultural Center in Deer Park this Saturday, March 23, at 5 p.m. Along with the tea, try some Turkish dishes, too. It all comes with a talk about the history of Turkey, as well as of its tea. There is no charge.

Starting Saturday, April 13, the center will be offering Mediterranean and Turkish cooking classes at $20 a class, which will also be held...

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