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Open in West Babylon: Woody's American Grill

Woody's American Grill is new to West Babylon

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Woody’s American Grill is up and grilling in West Babylon. The casual new counter-serve spot offers a simple menu of American fast-food favorites — burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. It’s owned by two West Babylon natives —  Woody Kerzner  (former owner of Green Cactus Grill, which Woody's replaces), and his business partner, Larry Doyle.

“You walk in and feel you’re at some kind...

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Del Fuego branches off into Babylon

Del Fuego in Babylon is an offshoot of

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Del Fuego, the lively Tex-Mex restaurant in St. James, has sprouted a new Babylon offshoot. It takes over the space that last hosted the short-lived Blue Chill.

The menu is identical at both Del Fuego locations, which also boast bar scenes and large selections of tequilas and craft beers. Food options include BBQ pork fried wontons ($11), turkey-chorizo chili ($7), chicken fajitas ($16) and...

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One Main in Babylon: First bites

Shrimp with andouille sausage and grits is a

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At the corner of West Main Street and Deer Park Avenue, One Main has found its very visible niche.

The pubby restaurant offers fine local beers, the foods that go with them, and an upbeat ambience. Service can be forgetful, and all the dishes don't exactly soar. But One Main is worth a visit for a casual night out.

A good special: shrimp and andouille sausage atop scallion-flecked grits....

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Sophomore slump at Monsoon in Babylon

Monsoon in Babylon serves Bibb lettuce wraps with

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What a difference a year makes.

That was the impression we got last night at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon, the pan-Asian restaurant that was one of the most lauded openings of 2012.

Last year, the glamorous, 200-seat, bi-level restaurant (which Newsday awarded four stars two months after it opened in February) was always packed, always buzzing. It was the IT restaurant...

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Soprano’s star to cook in North Babylon

Joe Gannascoli played Vito Sptafore on the HBO

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Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito, the doomed gay mobster on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” will be helping Salpino III Italian Market celebrate its 13th birthday.

On Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., Gannascoli, a trained chef who recently had a gig at Il Luogo in Lynbrook, will be cooking with Boar’s Head products and giving away samples of new items such as hummus and blackened turkey.

Salpino III...

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Salsa Pica Mexican Grill comes to West Babylon

Two commendable tacos -- both chorizo and fish

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Salsa Pica Mexican Grill replaces the intriguingly named Sexy Firehouse Chicken in a West Babylon ShopRite strip mall.

A recent lunch at the modest little place amounted to a small soft corn chorizo taco ($2.25)  topped with chopped onion and cilantro as well as a fish taco ($2.50) crowned with shredded cabbage and white sauce. Both proved lively and satisfying. From the help-yourself...

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4 LI restaurant on Open Table's "hot" list

Monsoon Asian Kitchen & Lounge in Babylon.

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Four Long Island restaurants are cited on Open Table's 2013 listing of the country's "hot spot" places to dine.

Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon, Honu Kitchen & Cocktails in Huntington, Hendrick's Tavern in Roslyn, and Toku Modern Asian in Manhasset were listed. The list highlights "hip (new) restaurants, celebrity chefs and avant-garde restaurateurs."

Monsoon...

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Molto Vino in Babylon: First sip

Cured meats are available at Molto Vino wine

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Slim as a Champagne flute, Molto Vino is pouring some fun into downtown Babylon.

The wine bar, offspring of the Solo Vino wine shop next door, snugly fits maybe 20 imbibers before it's standing-room time. On weekends, it's likely you'll be shoulder-to-shoulder. But on weekdays, it's possible to enjoy a tranquil sip, especially if you show up on the early side.

Wines are listed on the...

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Duck tortilla takeover on Asian dining scene

The duck tortilla, bringing to mind Peking duck,

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Not long ago, at  Show Win in Northport, I noticed — and ordered — a duck tortilla roll from a menu insert of dinner specials. The crisp and alluring little cylinders ($8), made with duck, scallions, hoisin sauce and flour tortillas, are fried and then cut on the bias. They bring to mind a much costlier, more complex dish: Peking duck.

Yet this was far from the first time I’ve encountered...

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Monsoon, Babylon: Chinese new year, $35 special

Monsoon, Newsday's top-ranked fine-dining restaurant of 2012, is

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Monsoon, Newsday's top-ranked fine-dining restaurant of 2012, celebrates the Chinese lunar new year with a $35 fixed-price menu on Saturday and Sunday.

The Year-of-the-Snake special will be available after 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9; and from 5 p.m. to closing on Sunday, Feb. 10.

Chef Michael Wilson's menu includes any appetizer and main dish from the Asian restaurant's regular menu...

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