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Garden City Hotel: A 'chef's table' dinner

REIN restaurant at the Garden City Hotel (Jan.

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If you'd like an up-close-and-edible look at how a restaurant kitchen works, the Garden City Hotel provides one Tuesday.

Dine in the kitchen of REIN, the hotel's main restaurant, April 16, as part of its "chef's table" series. The five-course dinner with wines is $150 per person, plus tax and tip.

Executive chef Michael Mandato will prepare halibut gravlax with charred peach,...

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Doppio Artisan Bistro debuts in Huntington

This is the new Doppio Artisan Bistro in

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New to Huntington is Doppio Artisan Bistro, the Long Island branch of a Greenwich, Connecticut pizzeria-gelateria-trattoria. Executive chef Louis Barresi, who co-owns both restaurants with his brother, Joseph, launched the Huntington place with a third partner,Thomas Pescuma, who recently moved to the area.

Barresi said he learned to make pizza in Italy from a bread maker cousin in Altamura,...

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Closed: 420 North in Great Neck

A view of 420 North Restaurant in Great

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It looks like curtains for 420 North, the New American-Italian restaurant that opened in early 2012, succeeding OEVO at this address.

The phone number has been disconnected, the website taken down, and a work-stoppage notice from the Town of North Hempstead Department of Building Safety is posted on the front door at 420 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck....

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Hildebrandt’s in Williston Park: Season opener

At Hildebrandt's in Williston Park, the chocolate malted

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The first warm day of spring means one thing to me: Milkshake for dinner. So last night, I took my un-jacketed self to Hildebrandt’s in Williston Park for a liquid meal.

It looked like the fellow behind the counter scooped a pint of chocolate ice cream into the stainless steel milkshake cup. Then, six or so squirts of chocolate syrup and very little milk. He blended it for a few minutes before...

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Luso relocates within Smithtown

Luso, a Portuguese BBQ restaurant, has relocated to

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Luso, a Portuguese rodizio-style restaurant in Smithtown, has moved from a small downtown space into the large freestanding building that last housed Sertino’s Cafe and, before that, hosted Sizzler. Added attractions include a more modern look, an open kitchen and an on-premise parking lot.

The main draw here is rodizio-style dining, which features meat sliced off skewers tableside in all-you-can-eat...

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Gallo Restaurant of Patchogue brings the outdoors inside

Spring started today at Gallo Restaurant in Patchogue,

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David Bustamente, chef-owner of the Colombian Gallo Restaurant in Patchogue, decided that today would be the day to throw open the restaurant's front wall of French doors, creating an al fresco experience inside.  He snapped the photo you see.

Chances are that,  on this embracingly warm evening tonight, you may be able to find a sidewalk or patio table at a restaurant near you.


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Uva Rossa, Malverne: New for small plates

This is the new Uva Rossa, a wine

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Uva Rossa — Italian for red grape — is the name of the wine bar and small plates restaurant that opened last night in the Malverne space that, for over 30 years, hosted Cork N Board.

Chef owner Antonio Bove, who hails from Caserta, near Naples, also owns  Il Villagio Trattoria Italiana, as well as Antonio's Italian American Deli, both also in Malverne.

Bove said that at Uva Rossa,...

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Organic Avenue opens in Roslyn Heights

Organic Avenue, opening a location in Roslyn in

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Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., Long Island gets its own Organic Avenue, at 250 South Service Road in Roslyn. With a dozen locations in Manhattan, Organic Avenue is a leading provider of organic cold-pressed juices, raw-food cleansing programs and natural beauty products as well as classes and events.

Heat is the enemy of nutrients, according to Organic Avenue. So all of its food is produced in...

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Hemisphere in Bay Shore: First bites

The diver scallops and crisp pork belly combo

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Hemisphere packs in enough action to cover more than one-half of the small-plates world.

It's the latest showcase for Jeffery Slade, recently of Madison's in Williston Park and formerly chef at the departed Farmhouse in Greenport.

At this sleek, sharp spot, he's sending out  savory dishes such as diver scallops paired with crisp pork belly; Kobe beef sliders with caramelized onions...

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Torcellos, East Northport: $9.95 lunch deal

The Cobb salad on the prix-fixe lunch at

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Driven by a craving for pasta e fagioli, I landed at Torcellos in East Northport one recent afternoon. What I found was an irresistible lunch deal which, at $9.95, included soup or a salad plus half a hero or lunch pasta — or else soup plus a salad. That combination turned out to be my choice. A soft drink was also included.

Lunch began with the pasta e fagioli I had been jonesing for — ...

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