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Huntington: The new Honu

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails has had at least three lives. The fourth is fun.

This downtown Huntington mainstay changed ownership earlier in the year. A new menu now is in place under chef Robert Flaherty, the former sous chef at Honu and a veteran of Blackwells in Wading River.

His winning dishes include a fine, autumnal roasted butternut squash soup, enriched with maple creme fraiche and spiced pecans; and a tender braised lamb shank paired with roasted root vegetables. Of course, Honu still sends out a very good burger, capped with Cheddar and applewood-smoked bacon.

The look of the place has been toned down and, accordingly, improved. For such a big space with a long and popular bar, the decor almost approaches subtlety.

Worth a visit.

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails, 363 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-421-6900.

Honu's main dining area.

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