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TEA IN THE SECRET GARDEN

Call it one of Long Island's loveliest little secrets: Within Main Street Nursery, just west of Huntington Village, is a charming little tearoom secreted away in a Victorian glass conservatory.

On a recent warm Saturday, I found the place comfortably air-conditioned, filled with the aroma of freshly baked scones. Tables, covered with linen and lace cloths, were set with artfully mismatched vintage china.

From the a la carte menu, both chocolate chip and honey scones turned out very good. Open-face sandwiches ($7.50) on hearty whole-grain bread (tuna and chicken salad, both nicely executed) came with bright arugula and tomato salads. A fragrant and fluffy pumpkin waffle ($6.95) was topped with freshly whipped cream, warm maple syrup on the side.

High tea (a complete meal with finger sandwiches, scones, tea and sweets) is served by reservation only, at $25 a person.

The place is open to the public year-round, Thursday to Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., when brunch is available for $15 a person. The Tea Room also does children's teas, tea parties and private events.

The Tea Room at Main Street Nursery is at 475 W. Main St., Huntington, 631-271-0160. -- Joan Reminick


FRANTIC FOODIES DIALING NOBU

Beep ... beep ... beep ... beep ...

Yes, Nobu at Capri formally opens this weekend in Southampton.

Beep ... beep ... beep ... beep ... 631-488-4248. That's the phone number. The line opened yesterday morning at 10 to the inevitable rush. Expect a busy signal, courtesy of the frenzied foodists and hypemaniacs who have their assistants and assorted slaves spraining fingers on speed-dial.

Nobu opened, in limited sushi-bar form, on Memorial Day. Now, expect the Hamptonian contribution to the international chainlet to be sending out the nouveau Japanese edibles Thursday to Sunday.

Nobu at Capri, 281 County Rd. 39A (Montauk Highway at North Main Street), at the Capri resort hotel, Southampton. -- Peter M. Gianotti


SMALL PLATES AND RED WINE

"Red wine heals," reads the sign in front of the new Salumi Tapas & Wine Bar in Massapequa, the type of place every neighborhood needs. Lots of interesting wines by the bottle and glass, a compelling tapas-style menu of small plates and snacks and an unpretentious vibe.

That's what I found the night I stopped in with friends to share a bottle of Nero D'Avola ($26) and a bite or two. Highlights of the tapas menu were the patatas bravas ($5 for crisp, savory fried potatoes with both a spicy red sauce and creamy cumin aioli for dipping), wickedly good bacon pinchos ($6 for roasted pork belly with spicy mustard) and fork-tender short ribs ($10). Also on the menu: cured meats and cheeses.

Salumi Tapas & Wine Bar is at 5600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-620-0057. -- Joan Reminick

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