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Open in Mattituck: Uncle Joe's Pizza & Restaurant

The new Uncle Joe's Pizza and Resturant in

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As the kind of person who brakes whenever I see banners flying outside a restaurant, it was all I could do not to run off the road when spying flags over the awning of Uncle Joe’s Pizza & Restaurant in Mattituck. Interestingly, the casual new pizza place —  which serves slices as well as whole pies — is situated right next door to A Mano, a fine dining restaurant offering more of an artisanal...

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Dining in Babylon: 5 picks

Monsoon Asian Kitchen & Lounge in Babylon.

(Credit: Doug Young)

Babylon boasts one of Long Island's livelier downtowns. And there's plenty of diversity among the restaurants. Here are five flavorful ones.

MONSOON, 48 Deer Park Ave.; 631-587-4400. This four-star restaurant excels with creative Asian fare, served in a high-style setting. The winners include kung pao-style monkfish, Beijing duck, Korean fried chicken, "shaking beef," fiery octopus, pork-belly...

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Open in Bay Shore: Winnie's Coffee Shop

The western omelet at Winnie's Coffee Shop in

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For all those who have been waiting to see when Winnie’s Coffee Shop in Bay Shore would reopen comes this news: It’s open. It’s still called Winnie’s. But former owner Tony Bellucci is no longer affiliated with the place, which has been overhauled and remodeled.

It’s now owned by Pamala Wood, who said she attended the Culinary Academy of Long Island in Syosset and was sous chef at Flynn’s...

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Woody's American Grill in West Babylon: First bites

Turkey burger with hand-cut fries at Woody's American

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Raising the bar on fast food in West Babylon is the new Woody’s American Grill, which now occupies the former digs of Green Cactus Grill.

I stopped by for lunch, opting for a turkey burger ($3.69) with tomato and pickles. It turned out to be smoky and juicy, served on a potato-brioche bun with a shiny egg wash. Fries ($2.49) are hand-cut, not frozen; boxes of potatoes stacked near the counter...

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Ristegio's opening in North Patchogue Wednesday

Ristegio's restaurant in North Patchogue in April 2014.

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Ristegio's, the much-anticipated New American restaurant with chef Richard Lanza, opens Wednesday at 5 p.m. in North Patchogue.

The restaurant, which takes its name from those of owners Richard, Steven, and Joseph Lanza, is in the location that once housed Pat & Jim's, the chef's first restaurant.

Lanza has earned stellar reviews for his cooking, recently at Blackstone Steakhouse...

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Nick's Tuscan Grill in Mineola: First bites

Hot antipasto at Nick's Tuscan Grill in Mineola

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Nick's Tuscan Grill, which has a little to do with grilling and even less with things Tuscan, opens in Mineola as a friendly, satisfying spot for Italian-American specialties.

You may remember Nick's from Long Beach. The restaurant was severely damaged by superstorm Sandy, and relocated. It's on the corner that has hosted restaurants for decades, most recently Andiamo and most famously Altadonna.


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Baci Gelato in Williston Park rolls out gelato Easter eggs

Baci Gelato in Williston Park is featuring gelato

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Baci Gelato in Williston Park has come out with a line of gelato Easter eggs and bunnies. Flavors include extra-dark chocolate, mint chip, lemon pie, lemon mousse and peaches and cream.  If your diet doesn't allow regular gelato, there’s also milk-free sugar-free soy gelato in chocolate, vanilla, pistachio and hazelnut.

Call at least a day in advance to order. A tray of 6 gelato eggs...

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Harbor Bistro in East Hampton reopening

Harbor Bistro in East Hampton

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So, it looks and feels like late fall instead of early spring.

And did you get your taxes filed on time?

Before these facts start you ranting about TV meteorologists or the Alternative Minimum Tax, know that Harbor Bistro, the waterfront restaurant in East Hampton, is slated to open on Thursday, at 5 p.m. to be exact.

Chef Damien O'Donnell's New American kitchen sometimes seems...

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Corazon de Cuba in Long Beach: First bites

Picadera Cubana, an appetizer combination plate, at Corazon

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

A recent lunch at the new Corazon de Cuba in Long Beach left me longing to return for dinner. You'll find the bi-level Cuban restaurant in the former digs of Cuban Crocodile.

A friend and I shared a mixed appetizer plate called a picadera Cubana ($14.95). It was hard to pinpoint which component was best. There were two flaky and appealing empanadas, one stuffed with a savory chicken mixture,...

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Closed in New Hyde Park: Ara Sushi & Grill

Ara in New Hyde Park.

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Ara Sushi & Grill, which occupied the former New Hyde Park home of Imperial Seoul, has closed.

While the spacious well-appointed restaurant served both Korean and Japanese fare, it was the Korean food that really stood out.

Recalled from a lunch last summer: an array of banchan — the gratis small plates that precede a meal — lavish enough to count as a mini-meal. And a gratis dish...

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