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Cabo Fresh opens in Commack

Cabo Fresh, a Californian-Mexican restaurant in Stony Brook,

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Cabo Fresh, the locally owned burrito-tortilla-taco specialist, has opened a branch in Commack.

The "California Mexican" restaurant is a spinoff of the original in Stony Brook.

Cabo Fresh's selections include seafood or meat burritos, crisp and soft tacos, quesadillas, nachos and fruit smoothies. Taco fillings include sweet pork carnitas, chile-roasted beef, grilled steak and chicken.


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Mother's Day: 10 dining choices

Perfecto Mundo (or Perfect World) in Commack specializes

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Mother's Day is one of the busiest at restaurants. Here are 10 possibilities, just in case you haven't decided yet.

JONATHAN'S RISTORANTE, 15 Wall St., Huntington; 631-549-0055

Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at $30 per person; $16 for children younger than 10. Choices range from waffles with blueberries to shrimp scampi-style, frittata primavera with goat cheese to pumpkin...

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Smithtown restaurant week deals to March 30

The warm-toned dining room invites conversation at Casa

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Smithtown restaurant week runs through Sunday, March 30, with promotional $27.95 fixed-price dinners.

The event is sponsored by the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce.

Participating restaurants include Casa Rustica in Smithtown, Perfecto Mundo in Commack, Espana Tapas & Wine Bar in St. James, and San Marco in Hauppauge.

For a complete listing visit the Chamber's web site.






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Closed in Commack: Ko Gu Ryo

Ko Gu Ryo was a Korean restaurant in

(Credit: Joan Reminick)

Ko Gu Ryo in Commack has closed, joining the long line of Korean restaurants to have come and gone from this peaked-roof freestanding building at 1087 Jericho Tpke.

The restaurant, which opened about a year ago, received a one-and-a-half star review. While several dishes were uneven, the place garnered praise for its “first-rate” gopdal bibimpap, the stone pot Korean classic made with ground...

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Long Island desserts fit for Valentine's Day

Revel in Garden City will be serving desserts

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Valentine's Day is big at restaurants on Long Island and almost everywhere else. Here are some that are offering specials for the festivities, especially for dessert.

After the Chateaubriand or steamed lobster for two, decide among the Valrhona chocolate bombe, vanilla cheesecake, mocha creme brulee, or chocolate-covered strawberries at View in Oakdale.

After the coriander-crusted pork...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

Hemisphere's bar-lounge area is an upbeat spot that

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti visits Hemisphere in Bay Shore, a self-described “bar-lounge-restaurant” which “comes across in exactly that order. The stylized, upbeat spot livens up nightlife in Bay Shore with high-decibel music and high-octane beverages.” The kitchen is under the direction of Jeffery Slade (most recently at Madison’s on Hillside in Williston Park) whose “carefully manicured...

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Celeb chef Heather West departs Ciao Baby

Jellyfish chef Heather West, when she cooked at

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Heather West — the season 2 winner of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” — has bid arrivederci to Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park, where she was executive chef for over a year. She is now chef at Thatched Cottage, a catering venue in Centerport.

At Ciao Baby, co-owner Frank Cammarata is now back in charge of the kitchen. Cammarata said that he is sticking with the menu that he and West planned...

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Ko Gu Ryo, Commack: First Bites

One of the pretty and colorful lunch box

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A recent lunch at Ko Gu Ryo, a new Korean restaurant in Commack, proved enjoyable. For starters, there was a gratis banchan, or assortment of Korean pickled vegetables, that included spinach, radishes, beans, the ubiquitous kimchee (cabbage) and more. Flavors were forthright but not harsh, as so often can be the case.

Lunchboxes (the Korean version of the Japanese bento box) included bulgogi,...

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Jackson's in Commack: Anything goes meal deal

Thai chicken lettuce wraps at Jackson's in Commack

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

For a long time now, Jackson’s in Commack has offered a three-course $24.95 prix fixe all day every day. What's changed recently is that instead of getting a few choices, diners now have the entire menu to choose from.

Select an appetizer — portions are sized for one instead of two, as they are a la carte. Then, choose any entree, burger (with 3 toppings), sandwich or main dish salad. Portions...

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Ko Gu Ryo: New and Korean in Commack

Ko Gu Ryo was a Korean restaurant in

(Credit: Joan Reminick)

Ko Gu Ryo is the name of the Korean restaurant occupying the freestanding Commack building that has housed a string of other Korean spots — most recently, Arirang House, and before that Dory and Sil La Joung.

The specialty here is Korean tabletop barbecue, with such dishes as dak gui, or marinated chicken, ($19.99) and kalbi, thinly sliced beef short rib ($24.99). You can also get japchae,...

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