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Suozzi restaurant opens in Glen Cove

Helene and Tom Suozzi in the dining room

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Tom and Helene Suozzi may not be making the chicken parm or the pizza served at tonight's opening, but the political couple has been instrumental in renovating and relaunching Glen Cove's (and, probably, Long Island’s) oldest Italian restaurant, Stango's.

Now called Stango's at the Orchard, the restaurant's timeworn look has been refreshed while still conveying a sense of the past. Wood tables...

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Greenport gets a new food plan

North Fork Oyster Co., in Greenport, opened for

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Keith Luce, who built his local reputation at the departed restaurant Luce & Hawkins at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, now plans to overhaul the North Fork Oyster Company and its surrounding buildings in Greenport.

His holding company, North Fork Hospitality, bought the Greenport restaurant and the Stirling Square buildings around it on Friday. The long-term goal is to create a...

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Lotus East in St. James becomes Maru Asian Cuisine

The former Lotus East in St. James is

(Credit: Joan Reminick)

Maru Asian Cuisine is the new name of the longtime St. James Chinese restaurant Lotus East. While the ownership has changed and a new Asian fusion chef has come on board, the original chef remains, as do all the dishes on the old menu. At the same time, several Asian fusion and Japanese dishes have been added.

Joining such standards as moo shu pork ($9.50), shrimp with garlic sauce ($11.95)...

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LIer a finalist for James Beard best chef award

The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold

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Gerry Hayden, partner in The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, is a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for best chef in the northeast.

It's the second straight year that Hayden is a finalist. No Long Island chef has ever won a Beard Award.

Hayden, who's battling Lou Gehrig's disease, no longer is the day-to-day chef at the four-star restaurant.

He has been a semifinalist...

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Wild Rocket launches in Huntington

The new Wild Rocket in Huntington focuses on

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Wild Rocket now has liftoff. The little sandwich shop, with seating for 12, opened Wednesday in downtown Huntington. It’s under the umbrella of the Reststar Hospitality Group, which also owns Bistro Cassis and Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington, as well as Brasserie Cassis in Plainview, Bistro Citron in Roslyn and La P’tite Framboise in Port Washington.

The menu was devised by consulting chef...

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Have a sweet St. Joseph's Day

Zeppole, also known as sfingi.

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Tomorrow is St. Joseph's Day. It honors a beloved saint — and is a treat for anyone who loves Italian pastry.

Actually, I've been eating the sfingi and the zeppole that are part of the holiday feast since late January. Some bakeries start the festivities very, very early. God bless them.

The sfingi and zeppole are fried pastry beauties, one stuffed with cannoli cream, the other with...

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Yamaguchi in Port Washington: Closed by fire

Firefighters battle fire on Main Street in Port

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A massive fire Thursday in Port Washington has damaged a number of businesses along the block of Main Street directly across from the LIRR station, including Rosa’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts and Restaurant Yamaguchi. Since it opened in 1988, Yamaguchi has been one of the very best Japanese restaurants on Long Island and a personal favorite of mine. The ensuing fusion-frenzied decades have had basically...

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New chef at Stonewalls in Riverhead

Chef Guy Peuch sits for a spell inside

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Kyle Strong Romeo is the new executive chef at Stonewalls restaurant, situated at The Woods at Cherry Creek golf course in Riverhead.

He succeeds Guy Peuch, who established the restaurant a decade ago.  Peuch (shown above in the Stonewalls dining room), a veteran French chef who also starred at the former Inn on the Harbor in Cold Spring Harbor, has retired.

Romeo's Long Island...

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Dockers, East Quogue, reopens tonight

A waitress helps diners on the exterior dining

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At 3 p.m. today, Dockers Waterside Restaurant & Marina in East Quogue opens for dinner — and for the season. At the bar, happy hour runs 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., with drinks and appetizers $5.

The restaurant, known for its lively bar scene, docking slips and outdoor summer dining, will be open Friday to Sunday only for the next few weeks. Executive chef Scott Hastings offers a nightly three-course,...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

After five years of lighting up a dim

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti visits the remade West East Bistro in Hicksville. Now called West East All Natural Bistro & Bar, he writes, the Asian fusion restaurant “now emphasizes the grass-fed, free-range, and sustainably farmed, for a trifecta of quality and correctness.”

Joan Reminick reviews Red Tomato Artisanal Pizza in East Meadow, whose menu has expanded beyond its “well-crafted...

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