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Village Square in Lynbrook: Mixed medium

Braised, boneless short rib is served at Village

(Credit: Newsday Peter Gianotti)

Village Square describes itself as a "drinking and dining experience."

The order is right.

There are plenty of good brews on tap at this streamlined, new spot, where Monday night football, unlimited chicken wings and Coors Light are sure to swell the crowd. It's an upbeat joint, decorated with evocative black-and-white photos that balance the color TVs.

One of the pictures...

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Veteran sushi chef gone from Satsuki, Lynbrook

Satsuki owner and head chef Hisashi Manabe crafteds

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Hisashi Manabe, who, for over 20 years, crafted some of Long Island’s best sushi rolls, is no longer at Satsuki in Lynbrook. The restaurant is under the new ownership of Patrick Wong, who is also the sushi chef. He said that Manabe's menu remains the same, with a few additions, and that the crew from before has stayed on.

Manabe was known for his ethereally light rolls, which seemed held together...

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Village Square opens in Lynbrook

At the new Village Square restaurant in Lynbrook,

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Located in the heart of downtown Lynbrook is the new Village Square, which makes its home in the cavernous space that, most recently, housed JMags Downtown Grill and, before that, Broadway Beanery. Owner Giuseppe Magnotta describes the place as an American grill with a menu that focuses on appetizers but also features burgers, pastas, salads, steaks and seafood.

Some dinner possibilities:...

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Sopranos actor cancels Il Luogo in Lynbrook

Every Tuesday, actor Joseph R. Gannascoli ("The Sopranos")

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Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli, who starred in "The Sopranos" and briefly as guest chef in the kitchen at Il Luogo, has left the Lynbrook restaurant.

Gannascoli cited "creative differences" for his exit from the restaurant, where he recently cooked every Tuesday, overseeing his own specials.

The actor is best-known for his performance as the doomed, gay mobster Vito Spatafore...

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Cuzco Peru comes to Lynbrook

Exterior of the new Cuzco Peru in Lynbrook.

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New to Lynbrook is Cuzco Peru, the offshoot of an established Rego Park restaurant. The Peruvian eatery occupies the storefront space that briefly housed Las Esquinas and Five Corners Diner.

On the menu are such choices as a quarter marinated chicken served with salad and either rice and beans, green or sweet plantains or fried cassava ($8.50); a mixed seafood seviche ($15.75); lomo saltado,...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

Green curry with eggplant at Thai Coconut in

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick cracks open Thai Coconut, “a simply but tastefully appointed little restaurant just steps from the LIRR station in Wantagh. Hop off the train and within minutes, you can be communing with a bowl of sour-spicy tom yum goong that's rife with plump shrimp.”

Peter Gianotti reviews Il Luogo, the new Italian spot in Lynbrook whose “executive chef, Marco Jara,...

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'Soprano' hits high note at Il Luogo in Lynbrook

Il Luogo is a good choice for dining

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Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is best known for his portrayal of the doomed, gay mobster Vito Spatafore in "The Sopranos."

Now, he has a new but familar role.

On Tuesdays, the amiable Gannascoli, who was a cook before he became an actor, performs in the kitchen at Il Luogo in Lynbrook.

He makes specials. Last night, they included a soulful dish of cavatelli with pork ribs,...

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Sopranos’ Vito cooking at Il Luogo, Lynbrook

Joseph R. Gannascoli, aka Vito Spatafore on "The

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Il Luogo is a promising new restaurant that took over the Lynbrook space once occupied by Paul Anthony’s. The ambitious menu, from executive chef Marco Jara, blends Italian flavors with inventive platings. On Tuesday nights, there’s another draw: Actor Joe Gannascoli is in the kitchen.

Gannascoli is best known for playing the ill-fated gay mobster Vito Spatafore on HBO's “The Sopranos,” but...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Chef Michael Baratto plates an entree in the

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This week, Peter Gianotti reviews Vintage Restaurant Bar and Lounge, which  "already is beefing up dining out where New Hyde Park and Garden City Park meet, a stretch that's ready for ciao time, too.”   He especially likes the gnocchi alla Bolognese and the grilled pork chop.

Joan Reminick reviews SaVino’s Restaurant & Wine Bar in Lynbrook. “It may look like countless Long...

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Sa Vino's, Lynbrook: First bites

Fresh basil and chopped tomatoes, plus a load

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A recent dinner at the new Sa Vino’s Pizzeria Restaurant Wine Bar in Lynbrook proved a lively one.

A plus, from the outset, was a waitress who was enthusiastic about both the food and wine she was serving. You'd be surprised how much that adds to an experience.

To start, I was able to substitute the restaurant’s sesame-tinged Oriental dressing for the usual balsamic dressing (please,...

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