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Weekend picks: What's brewing

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Many beers will be hoisted this weekend, and they won't be only Guinness and Harp. Here are three places where you can celebrate with a brew and more.

There's an exceptional selection of Belgian brews at Waterzooi, where the food is a good match. It's buoyant, festive, right with a group. Tasty dishes include onion soup; mussels with fries and mayo; carbonnade a la flamande or beef stew with...

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Fuego Picante opens tonight in East Meadow

Mexi-shrimp is one dish on the menu at

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Tonight at 5 p.m., Fuego Picante makes its debut in the East Meadow space that had been a virtual revolving-door for such restaurants as Kansas City Smokehouse, RUB BBQ, Long Fin, BeSi, Ruby's Famous BBQ and Louis & Marxx.

The owner of Fuego Picante, as well as its predecessors, is the Singh Hospitality Group, whose president, Harendra Singh, said he doesn't believe the site could be jinxed....

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Left Coast Kitchen: Exuberant in Merrick

At Left Coast Kitchen in Merrick, a lobster

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Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails is so assured, so comfortable in its skin, that it’s hard not to have a great time here. Certainly this is one of the South Shore’s hippest spots, with an open kitchen, lots of old-timey decorative accents and servers outfitted in the retro-lumberjack style of so many of-the-moment Brooklyn boites.

We started with fried oysters, good if not improved by their...

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Jamesport Manor Inn: $25 fixed-price menu

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Jamesport Manor Inn, the handsome New American spot, offers a three-course, $25 dinner Sunday to Friday.

The menu is available from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

It includes the choice of either a mixed green salad or a teriyaki-chicken Caesar salad; braised Australian lamb shank with baby carrots and roasted potatoes or pan-roasted chicken with goat cheese, puree of acorn squash and asparagus;...

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A diverse St. Pat's brunch at Thom Thom in Wantagh

Thom Thom Steak and Seafood in Wantagh serves

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If you're willing to go beyond corned beef and cabbage this Sunday, Thom Thom in Wantagh broadens the St. Patrick's Day choices.

Cost: $24.95 per person, plus tax and tip. The brunch buffet goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the standard, Thom Thom's Sunday buffet will include shepherd's pie and filet mignon satay, kung pao calamari and teriyaki salmon.

There will be a...

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Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport reopens

Patrons wait to have breakfast outside of Tim's

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All too often, a sign posted on a restaurant reading “closed for renovations” turns out to mean “outta here.” Many will be relieved to learn that this was not the case for Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport, which posted such a notice last week. Now, the eatery is up and running after having made some structural changes to its kitchen.

The iconic rail car diner originally landed in Northport...

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Mara’s Homemade in Syosset: Burger supreme

The burger at Mara's Homemade in Syosset is

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It’s a very special burger that graces the menu of Mara’s Homemade in Syosset. The Cajun restaurant grinds its own brisket, seasons it before and after grilling, and serves it on a homemade pretzel roll.

Last night I sidled up to Mara’s bar and gave it a try: It looked good and tasted better.

Owner Mara Levi said she tried a number of bakery-produced pretzel rolls before deciding to...

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Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport gets new chef

Thanksgiving leftovers for chef challenge - Lia Fallon

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Lia Fallon, who earned stellar reviews for her cooking at Amarelle in Wading River, is the new chef at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport.

Fallon, who was owner as well as executive chef at Amarelle, closed the creative, New American restaurant earlier this year. In September, she was seriously injured in an automobile accident.

In addition to her work at Amarelle, Fallon has been...

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Curry Club closes in Hicksville

Chooza kebab, tender chunks of dark-meat chicken, was

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Curry Club has left the Hicksville restaurant scene. The offshoot of the long-standing East Setauket Indian restaurant opened in 2011 and didn’t make its second anniversary.

The place earned two and a half stars in a Newsday review in 2011 for such dishes as chooza kebab —  marinated grilled dark meat chicken with onions and peppers — as well as an electrifying lamb Vindaloo and rich...

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Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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As the countdown to St. Patrick's Day speeds up, Vitae restaurant and wine bar in Huntington hosts an Irish whiskey tasting and dinner tonight highlighting Jameson.

The cost: $45 plus tax and tip for the four-course production. Reservations are requested. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Pairings include a frisee, pear, Gorgonzola and toasted walnut salad with Jameson Special Reserve 12 Years...

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