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Pastrami Express in Seaford and more Long Island restaurants to try this weekend

The pastrami and tongue sandwich with coleslaw on

The pastrami and tongue sandwich with coleslaw on rye is made with meats cured in-house at Pastrami Express in Seaford. Credit: Newsday / Melissa McCart

Looking to eat out this weekend? Here are a couple restaurants to try:


One of my favorite sandwiches on Long Island comes from Pastrami Express, the newish shop in Seaford: It’s the tongue and pastrami number with coleslaw on rye ($14.50). Abe Ahmed, originally from Egypt, cures and roast meats at the shop, including roast turkey, stuffed derma or kishka, chopped liver and thin-sliced beef tongue — in addition to corned beef and pastrami. His wife, Annie, originally from Romania, makes knishes, matzo ball soup, potato pancakes and stuffed cabbage. If you haven’t been, make plans to visit. Or at the very least, pick up a pound of pastrami to go.

3882 Merrick Rd., Seaford; 516-308-7555,


Whether you’re looking for a quick quaff or an oenophile’s marathon, Madiran The Wine Bar is the place. Open since April, Jacqueline Malenda’s ambitious spot boasts a 300-bottle list (organized by grape for the whites and country for the reds) with scores of bottles costing less than $40, some less than $30. There are also more than 50 wines by the glass, ranging from $8 to $16, and seven craft beers. Plus a likeable menu ranging from small plates and burgers to pastas and entrees.

209 Route 25A, East Setauket; 631-675-2778,