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VIEW in Oakdale reopens after Sandy recovery

Diners on the outdoor patio of View restaurant

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Another waterfront restaurant has rebounded and rebuilt in the wake of superstorm Sandy. VIEW in Oakdale just reopened following a major repair and restoration. The dining spot is known not only for its New American food but also for its outdoor dining and nautical vistas.

Starting Tuesday, the place will be open at both lunch and dinner but, until May 6, will be closed Mondays. On April 5,...

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Salsa Pica Mexican Grill comes to West Babylon

Two commendable tacos -- both chorizo and fish

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Salsa Pica Mexican Grill replaces the intriguingly named Sexy Firehouse Chicken in a West Babylon ShopRite strip mall.

A recent lunch at the modest little place amounted to a small soft corn chorizo taco ($2.25)  topped with chopped onion and cilantro as well as a fish taco ($2.50) crowned with shredded cabbage and white sauce. Both proved lively and satisfying. From the help-yourself...

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Walt Whitman Shops to get 3 new restaurants

Mongolian beef at P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

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Coming to Walt Whitman Shops later this year are three new eateries: P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Brio Tuscan Grille and Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar.

P.F. Chang’s, which serves a corporate version of Chinese cuisine, has a branch in Westbury, so it’s already a known quantity to most Long Islanders. Zinburger, a casual full-serve restaurant featuring imaginatively composed burgers with wine...

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Maxwell's in Islip: First bites

Food Truck fish tacos at Maxwell's, 501 Main

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A recent meal at the newly expanded Maxwell’s in downtown Islip was an eye-opener. While the pub's owner's, Lessing's, may have invested much in the addition of a lovely new room with a big communal table, the company apparently hasn't put much thought into the dishes on the pub's newly revised menu.

Take, for example the promising-sounding Food Truck Tacos. The menu description of fish tacos...

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BBQ festival this weekend in Brentwood

At the 2012 WilliePallooza competition in Brentwood, the

(Credit: Sergio Pierro)

VFW Post 6431 will be engulfed in the sweet smell of barbecue smoke this weekend as the sixth WilliePallooza gets under way.

The annual event, named for Long Island’s barbecue champion Will Breakstone, is a two-day affair. On Saturday, barbecuing and grilling classes will be given. From 2 to 5 p.m., the public will have a chance to judge a chili competition ($10 to taste all entries). At 7:30...

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Hamptons restaurant week starts Sunday

Diners gather at Almond restaurant at 1 Ocean

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Hamptons Restaurant Week starts on Sunday, with three-course dinners at more than 50 establishments going for $19.95 or $27.95.

The prices are good all week, but only until 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. The promotion goes Sunday to Sunday, April 7 to April 14.

North Fork restaurants also are taking part in the event.

Notable participants include Almond in Bridgehampton, The Bell...

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