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Buoy One Seafood Restaurant opens in Huntington

Fried whole (Ipswich or belly) clams are a

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Once I knew that Buoy One was up and running in Huntington Village, it was just a matter of figuring out how soon I could stop in for a doubleheader of fried clams and steamers. I rarely drive by the fish restaurant’s first location, on Route 25 in Riverhead, without braking for a clam fix, and, as of Thursday, those clams had moved much closer to my office in Melville. Friday, I pounced. I was...

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Tanger Deer Park outlet Italian restaurant closes

The former Fratelli Trattoria at the Arches in

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Fratelli Trattoria, which served pizza, pasta and parms in snazzy bi-level digs within Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park, has closed. The restaurant garnered a one and a half star rating, with praise for its puffy yet crisp crusted individual pizza and herbal linguine with white clam sauce but censure for its Gorgonzola salad with an artificially sweet-tasting raspberry vinaigrette. Outlet...

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Hampton Coffee arrives in Southampton

The Hampton Coffee Co. Coffee Experience in Southampton

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The Hampton Coffee Co. (which has locations in Water Mill and Westhampton Beach) opened its new Southampton cafe on Saturday. The cavernous space (it used to house a Mini Cooper dealership) overlooks Montauk Highway. The decor is rustic/industrial, with hand-hewn farm tables and wooden bar stools warming up the gray tiled showroom with its giant coffee roasters in the back. Perch at the counter...

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Beachfront dining in Mount Sinai for Memorial Day Weekend

The Cedar Beach Bar & Grille in Mount

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Note to those casting about for a beachy place to dine this Memorial Day weekend: Cedar Beach Bar & Grille in Mount Sinai opens for the season on Friday, May 24. The tented outdoor restaurant is under the same ownership as West East Bistro & Wine Bar in Hicksville. Chef-owner Jay Jadeja will spend a couple of days a week in Hicksville, but when the weather is nice, chances are, he'll ...

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Basil Restaurant - fresh and Italian in Bellport

Basil Restaurant & Spirits in Bellport offers Italian

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New to the Bellport dining scene is Basil Restaurant & Spirits, with a repertoire owner Richard LoGrippo describes as Italian American. Chef Richard Doxsee previously cooked at Mamma Lombardi’s in Holbrook as well as Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue, Lombardi’s on the Sound in Port Jefferson and Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow. On Doxsee's menu: fried calamari ($10), stuffed meatballs ($8), chicken...

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Long Island restaurant reviews: This week’s picks

Gerver Guillen mans the rotisserie at Millennium Chicken

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“Fuego Picante means spicy fire,” writes Peter Gianotti of the newest establishment from the Singh Hospitality group. “But the restaurant isn’t so hot.” The “Mexican smokehouse and cantina” is the latest resident of this seemingly cursed location. Previous short-lived Singh tenants include RUB BBQ, Long Fin, BeSi and Kansas City Smokehouse. Joan Reminick has much better luck at Millennium Chicken...

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Beer award winners at Craft Beer Week on Long Island

Paul Dlugokencky, owner of the Blind Bat Brewery,

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Blind Bat Brewery's Long Island Potato Stout has won Long Island Beer of the Year honors in the third annual online Craft Beer Week poll. The "Golden Tap Awards" honoree Blind Bat is headquartered in Centerport but expects to relocate to Farmingdale later this year. The winner for best new beer was Great South Bay Brewery's Blood Orange Pale Ale. The brewery is in Bay Shore. More than...

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North Fork Wine tour from Library Cafe, Farmingdale

The tasting room at Lenz Winery. . (Jan.

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Library Cafe in Farmingdale is featuring a wine tour package, which is available every Saturday and Sunday this summer, but only with reservations. The cost of the package is $90 a person (plus tax and gratuities) and includes round-trip transportation to three North Fork vineyards —  Baiting Hollow, Lenz and Pellegrini — with a wine tasting at each, followed by dinner back at the restaurant....

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Soprano’s star to cook in North Babylon

Joe Gannascoli played Vito Sptafore on the HBO

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Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito, the doomed gay mobster on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will be helping Salpino III Italian Market celebrate its 13th birthday. On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., Gannascoli, a trained chef who recently had a gig at Il Luogo in Lynbrook, will be cooking with Boar’s Head products and giving away samples of new items such as hummus and blackened turkey. Salpino III Italian...

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Sugar, Carle Place, closes its kitchen

Party scene at Sugar Dining Den & Social

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Sugar Dining Den & Social Club in Carle Place  has gone purely social. Co-owner Brian Rosenberg said that while the kitchen of the multipurpose spot has temporarily ceased turning out dinners, Sugar will remain open as a club Thursday to Saturday nights. Come September, Rosenberg said, the place is expected to go into full gear with a new chef and a new menu. Sugar Dining Den & Social...

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