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Open in Bethpage: Chow Down Diner

The Chow Down Diner, newly opened in Bethpage,

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The snazzy new Chow Down Diner is dishing up mac 'n' cheese and malted milkshakes in the renovated space that once housed the Bethpage Townhouse Diner. With a Jetsons-style design, nostalgic yet contemporary, it’s quite the eye-catcher, inside and out.

Although the place started out under the umbrella of the Singh Hospitality Group, it is now owned by Gold Coast Hospitality, headed by Ruby...

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Merrick Ave. Diner is closed

Former Merrick Ave. Diner

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Add the Merrick Ave. Diner to the list of restaurant closings in 2013. In its previous incarnation, the Merrick eatery was known as the MaryBill Diner. It came under new ownership and had a name change in 2010. What distinguished the place was not its food but rather its status as a classic vintage railroad car diner —  sliding front door, curved ceiling and old-time ambience. The diner had...

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Six Three One calls Southold home

The "un-pitable," a breakfast invention at Six Three

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Entering the expanding directory of number-named restaurants is Six Three One in Southold. It takes over the former JD Steakhouse digs. The place is owned by Archie Dellaportas, whose holdings also include the Belaire Diner in Astoria. His son Kalergis — or Kal — is the chef. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, his menu both embraces and veers from the diner archetype. Yes,...

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Highway Diner, East Hampton: First bites

The Highway Diner in East Hampton is a

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As diners go, East Hampton’s Highway Diner & Bar is about as beachy-chic as they come. Lots of white and blue and pale polished wood floors — in short, the colors of sand and sea. Even so, this is a true diner, serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. If it's 8 p.m. and you've got a yen for pancakes, you can get them here. It was midday when I stopped in with the burning question:...

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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 back...

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Highway Diner opens in East Hampton

This is the new Highway Diner & Bar

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Not all Hamptons openings happen when it's warm out. Highway Diner & Bar made its debut last month in the East Hampton space that last housed Rugosa. Landmark to look for: World War II tank. Owner Gunnar Myers characterized the new place as “a beachy diner with an easy, groovy vibe” and a modern, sophisticated edge, complete with steel and quartz bar.  Chef Robert Gurvich, who cooked at...

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