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That Meetball Place opens in Patchogue

That Meetball Place in Patchogue.

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That Meetball Place (yes, the spelling is correct) just rolled onto the Patchogue dining scene, taking up residence where the former Pura Vida Burrito Co. used to be.

According to general manager Jamie Selkirk, you will find 14 beers on tap and 30 to 40 in bottles. There’s also live music and eight TVs.

But the star, here, is the meatball — in many permutations, not all of which contain...

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J.A. Heneghan's Tavern opens in Point Lookout

Nicole Roarke, executive chef of J.A. Heneghan's in

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New to Point Lookout is J.A. Heneghan’s Tavern, which takes over the space that used to house the Lazy Pelican.

Executive chef Nicole Roarke formerly cooked at the Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Spice Market in Manhattan and Sugo in Long Beach. Roarke described the ambience as “rustic yet refined,” with a lot of old brick and wood, as well as a double-sided fireplace. The decor includes...

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P.F. Chang's China Bistro opens at Walt Whitman Shops

Mongolian beef at P.F. Chang's.

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The  area’s newest P.F. Chang’s China Bistro -- at Walt Whitman Shops -- joins the first, in Westbury, and the recent launch at Smith Haven Mall.

What you will find on the menus of both the Lake Grove and Huntington Station restaurants, but not at the older Westbury branch, are sushi items such as a spicy tuna roll ($8.95) and California roll ($7.95).

Also on the Walt Whitman menu:...

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Muscle Maker Grill open, Sarku closed in East Meadow

Cajun chicken and penne at Muscle Maker Grill

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In East Meadow, a new branch of Muscle Maker Grill has opened, replacing Sarku Asian Express, a food court-style eatery that didn’t make it through its first year.

Muscle Maker is part of a national healthy-eating chain with branches in Amityville, Long Beach, Merrick and Huntington Station. The menu is devoted to lean, protein-based foods, with calories provided for every menu item. To read...

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P.F. Chang's China Bistro opens at Smith Haven Mall

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

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P.F. Chang’s China Bistro joins the gang of chain restaurants at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. Located next to Barnes & Noble, the Asian dining spot has an outside entrance as well as one within the mall, near the Apple Store.

On the menu: Chicken lettuce wraps ($8.95), a spicy tuna roll ($7.50), lemongrass chicken salad ($7.95), Vietnamese noodles with steak and shrimp ($12.95), kung...

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Reel opens in East Rockaway with reality TV chef

Adam Goldgell, 47, a St. James resident and

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In East Rockaway, Reel replaces The Fishery, a waterside restaurant that had been pretty much destroyed by superstorm Sandy. In April, the place reopened in limited fashion and was still called The Fishery, but recently changed both its name and sign. Under the aegis of executive chef Adam Goldgell, it is now fully functioning.

Goldgell, who was chef co-owner of the former Hog House BBQ in...

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Morning Rose Cafe opens in Bellmore

Morning Rose Cafe in Bellmore serves breakfast and

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Say good morning to the Morning Rose Cafe, new for breakfast and lunch in Bellmore.

Owner Rose Tzanetos said she wanted her place to have a homey B&B ambience. White wainscoting, pale green walls and soft background music play into that. Although Tzanetos has chef certification from the Culinary Academy of Long Island in Syosset, the position of executive chef belongs to Roberto Baez,...

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Buffalo Grille new to Plainvew

Buffalo Grille is new to the Morton Village

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Buffalo Grille has joined the herd at the Morton Village Shopping Center in Plainview. The informal eatery, which shares partial ownership with Lisa’s Buffalo Grille in Greenlawn, offers both table and counter service.

Buffalo-style chicken wings, not surprisingly, are featured prominently on the menu with a variety of sauce options and spice levels, from mild to inferno, honey mustard to...

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Painters Restaurant reborn in Brookhaven Hamlet

Painters in Brookhaven Hamlet, reborn after a 2012

It’s always news when a restaurant returns from the hereafter. The latest resurrection involves Painters’ Restaurant in Brookhaven Hamlet. The place suffered a fire in May of 2012 and, for a long while, bore a “for sale” sign out front. It is now reopened.

Owner Craig Baz said that the place has been restored to keep its historic feel. Brick has been exposed, floors have been refinished and...

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Groppelo's Ristorante opens in Port Washington

Groppelo's Ristorante replaces Sisina in Port Washington

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One Italian restaurant replaces another as Groppelo's Ristorante takes over the former Port Washington digs of Sisina. Although the switch actually happened months ago, the correct sign only recently went up.

On the menu: A Margherita pizza ($12.95), polenta and asparagus ($12.95), rigatoni Bolognese ($16.95), chicken scarpariello ($19.95) and shrimp and pico de gallo ($22.95).

Groppelo's...

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