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Latitude 121 in Stony Brook: First bites

Maple-bourbon-brown sugar braised pork "wings" with sweet potato

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Spend the day at Latitude 121 in Stony Brook. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This very enjoyable new restaurant has moved into the former site of the Brook House. Beadboard and nautical images decorate the bright dining area. But fans of its predecessor will be glad to know that adjoining it is an ice cream parlor.

Executive chef James Cavorti comes here from George Martin's...

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Shake Shack converts to fresh fries

Shake Shack at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza

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Our big beef with Shake Shack has always been the fries. Since the first location opened in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park in 2004, the burgerie has served previously frozen crinkle-cut fries along with its carefully sourced beef and freshly made frozen custard. We were not alone in our outrage and, in August, the chain began a rollout of a new fry that was hand-cut, skin-on and freshly fried to...

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Nisen One Ten in Melville: First bites

Kobe beef sliders are an appetizer at Nisen

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The eagerly awaited Nisen One Ten has opened.

But ignited or detonated might be more accurate.

To judge by the first month, this has to be the most in-demand lunch spot in the full field that is Route 110. The joint almost pulsates midday with an overflow of customers. The decibel level rises to match.

It's the latest member of the Nisen group, which includes Nisen Sushi in Commack...

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Pollo Campero giving out free empanadas Tuesday

On April 8, Pollo Campero is giving away

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On Tuesday, April 8, the four Long Island Pollo Camperos are giving away empanadas in honor of National Empanada Day. It also happens to be the 43rd birthday of the Latin chain, which originated in Guatemala and has its U.S. headquarters in Dallas.

The deal is one free empanada filled with spiced chicken per customer with no purchase necessary.

Pollo Campero is at 1665 Fifth Ave., Brentwood,...

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Nick's Tuscan Grill, damaged by Sandy, reopens in Mineola

Pizza is served at Nick's Tuscan Grill in

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Nick's Tuscan Grill has relocated from Long Beach to Mineola.

The Long Beach restaurant was severely damaged by superstorm Sandy and never reopened. It takes over the former site of Andiamo on Mineola Boulevard.

But the menu at the new spot will appeal to devotees of the original.

Antipasti include baked clams, fried calamari, eggplant Parmigiana and a selection of cured meats...

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Dining in Port Washington: 5 picks

Rigatoni Bolognese at Pepe Rosso 24 in Port

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Port Washington is one of Nassau's restaurant hubs, for variety and quantity. Here are five reasons to dine there.

THE PIE AT SALVATORES, 124 Shore Rd.; 516-883-8457

The coal-fired brick-oven pizzas spur pilgrimages. Just order the pie with fresh mozzarella, crushed tomatoes and basil. You can pick toppings, but be a purist. The place also sends out good eggplant Parmigiana, and the...

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Mushroom-themed dinner at Almond in Bridgehampton

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling,

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Mushrooms star in a dinner on April 9 at Almond in Bridgehampton.

It's part of the restaurant's "Artists & Writers Night" series. Andrea Grover, curator of special projects at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill; and artist Phil Ross will be the guests.

Chef Jason Weiner's menu includes baby artichoke salad with button mushrooms and house-cured pancetta; polenta raviolini with crisp...

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La Marmite in Williston Park: First bites

At La Marmite in Williston Park, baked clams

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La Marmite, among the last of the "le" and "la" restaurants that long-defined fine dining on Long Island, has entered a new era.

But it's just as appealing as it has been for decades.

Under new ownership and a new chef, the polished continental has been refreshed. Fans of the original, however, shouldn't be worried. The quality is just as high. And the dining room, marked by excellent...

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Closed in New Hyde Park: Fiza Family Diner

Fiza Family Diner is a new Indian-Pakistani-Bangladeshi restaurant

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The Fiza Family Diner in New Hyde Park was a simply decorated spot serving up the flavors of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at bargain prices. It opened last summer but didn’t last out the year.

The eatery received a two-star rating in November 2013. A dish that exemplified the allure of the place was the achari aloo kati roll — “warm flaky parartha bread cradling a spicy-savory potato filling...

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Fresco Creperie hits the spot in Williston Park

Dessert offerings at Fresco Creperie & Cafe in

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It was 8:30 on Friday night, and I’d had a long week. I was craving something sweet (like chocolate) but also something substantial enough to stand in for dinner. I headed to Hildebrandt’s on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park for an ice-cream soda at the counter, but my heart wasn’t in it: It was cold out and Hildebrandt’s has no vestibule.

Inspiration struck: Fresco Creperie & Café, just...

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