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National Guacamole Day at Besito

Guacamole is prepared table-side at Besito.

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When National Guacamole Day and Mexican Independence Day come together, you can be sure Long Island's two Besito restaurants will be ready.

This happens on Tuesday, Sept.16. To contribute to the festivities, Besito in Huntington and in Roslyn has added two specials to the menu, along with a complimentary Roca Patron tequila tasting from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lobster guacamole is one dish, enriching...

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Long Island's 10 best seafood restaurants

Grilled Montauk swordfish is served with sweet sausage

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Newsday's "Eat Here Now," top-100 restaurant series continues this week with the 10 best seafood houses.

You put up with a lot of limp fried calamari and overcooked, farmed salmon before making the big catch. These 10 make up for all the overdone broiled seafood platters and stuffed flounders.

The 2014 list includes places as different from each other as the casual restaurant and market, ...

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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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Valentine weekend specials at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito is a Mexican restaurant in Huntington and

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Besito is extending the Dia de San Valentin festivities for a full weekend, Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, at its restaurants in Huntington and Roslyn.

Strawberry margaritas, made with tequila, Cointreau and fresh muddled strawberries, will help fuel the fireworks. There also will be half-price pitchers of sangria at Sunday brunch, along with chocolate-caramel flan.

In Huntington, specials include...

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Dining in Roslyn: 5 best bets

Marinated skirt steak, sliced to order and garnished

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Roslyn is one of Long Island's fine-dining hubs. Here are five reasons why.

Trattoria Diane, 21 Bryant Ave.; 516-621-2591

Chef John Durkin's Italianate kitchen emphasizes Rome but goes countrywide. Recommended: all vegetable antipasti, spaghetti alla carbonara, bucatini all'Amatriciana, ricotta gnocchi, braised short ribs, pot roast, roasted duck and all desserts.

Kyma, 1446 Old...

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National Chile Month heats up Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito is a Mexican restaurant in Huntington and

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It has been warmer than usual for November.

But this is National Chile Month, so you can keep the heat going with jalapenos.

Besito, the Mexican restaurants in Huntington and Roslyn, will be spotlighting and cooking chiles. A three-course $26.95 dinner menu will be the special Monday through Nov. 17, from 3 p.m. to closing except on Nov. 16, when it will be available from 3 p.m. to 7...

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Viva, Mexico! Viva, guacamole! at Besito

Guacamole is prepared tableside at Besito, a popular

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It's going to be a celebratory weekend at the Besito restaurants in Huntington and Roslyn.

From Friday, Sept. 13 to Monday, Sept. 16, the two establishments are celebrating Mexican Independence Day, as well as National Guacamole Day.

Besito's guacamole, made tableside and spiced to order, is one of the best served on Long Island. Guests may submit their own favorite guacamole photo to...

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Seviche for sunny days

The tuna seviche is served at Chachama Grill,

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Seviche is a refreshing cure when the day is hot and the grill hotter.

Seviche, or ceviche, is fresh, uncooked fish that has been marinated with citrus juice, usually lime or lemon, changing texture and taste. The Incas used the technique to preserve fish, also adding salt and spice.

Today, cebicherias abound, from Lima to New York City. And seviche is getting splashy on Long Island,...

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Tequila special at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito in Huntington

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Besito, the stellar Mexican restaurant with branches in Huntington and Roslyn, is promoting summer in the glass and via the image.

Each Sunday, Besito is offering buy one-get one tequila cocktails from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant has a fine list of tequilas and also makes a first-class Margarita.

Suitably fueled, diners also can take part in a photo contest expressing why they enjoy...

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Kyma in Roslyn: First bites

Grilled octopus is an appetizer at Kyma in

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The wave of Greek restaurants on Long Island crests in Roslyn. The newest to reach shore: Kyma.

In hues of sand and sea, plus whitewashed floors and the bright white of so many Santorini postcards, Kyma immediately attracts you. It opened on the former site of the equally handsome Trata Estiatorio, which dazzled diners with its own appointments and especially the cooking of Luis Falcon.

Kyma...

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