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Singing chef Richard Desmond cooking in Islip

Chef Richard Desmond with the pasta special of

(Credit: Fargiano's Pizza & Pasta)

Singing chef Richard Desmond is now belting out arias in the kitchen of Fargiano’s Pizza and Pasta, which opened in Islip in late 2013. The operatic tenor’s culinary credits include Bliss in East Setauket, Public House 49 in Patchogue and the former OM Bistro in Great Neck. He has been known to come out of the kitchen and make the dining resonate with song.

Desmond said that he plans to make...

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North Fork Foodie Tour returns

Browder's Birds will be participating in the North

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

One of the North Fork’s signature events returns for its eighth year on Sunday: the 2014 Foodie Tour, sponsored by North Fork Reform Synagogue.

Tickets are required, but the tour is self guided, taking visitors to more than a dozen farms and vineyards and affording them the opportunity to meet artisans and chefs who turn the region's agricultural bounty into some of Long Island’s most celebrated...

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Open in North Babylon: Casa del Campo Dominican Restaurant

Mofongo with shrimp in mild fra diablo sauce

(Credit: Casa Del Campo Dominican Restaurant)

The new Casa del Campo Dominican Restaurant is serving mojitos and mofongo in the renovated North Babylon strip mall space that last housed Oriental Palace.

Tony Ramirez, a former owner at Merengue Dominican Restaurant in Garden City Park, owns the restaurant with his father, Rene Ramirez, who is also a partner at Dominican Restaurant 5 in Deer Park. That’s where Casa...

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Moby's in East Hampton: Post-season play

Wood-fired pizza, such as this one with coppa,

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Moby's arrived well after Memorial Day, relocating from Montauk into the sprawling space that has housed restaurants as different from each other as Spring Close House, Farmhouse and the Laundry.

And it's gathering crowds even as Labor Day signals the season's unofficial finale. Besides, wood-fired pizzas are forever.

You'll find very good ones here, including a satisfying number topped...

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Billy Joel Syosset inspiration Christiano's makeover on hold

Christiano's in Syosset, thought by many to be

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

The saga of Christiano’s, the former Syosset restaurant debated to have been the inspiration for Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” is a long and ongoing one. But progress on its makeover is at a standstill. 

Christiano's was bought last year by the Singh Hospitality Group, which had signed on restaurateur Tom Schaudel to conceive and supervise a new restaurant. But plans...

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CoolFish in Syosset loses chef

Chef Steven Del Lima chats with customers at

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

Noted Long Island chef Steven Del Lima, who was starting chef at such restaurants as Black and Blue Seafood Chophouse in Huntington and Perfecto Mundo in Commack, is no longer working at CoolFish in Syosset.  According to Ruby Singh, Del Lima has “moved on to better things” after a two-month stint at CoolFish.

Singh's husband, Harendra Singh, heads the Singh Hospitality Group, which owns...

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Noah's firing up wood-burning oven at Jamesport Vineyards

Noah Schwartz, chef-owner of Noah's in Greenport, is

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Noah Schwartz, chef-owner of Noah’s in Greenport, is taking over the wood-fired oven at Jamesport Vineyards in Jamesport. His menu of flatbreads and signature items will be available Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m., until Nov. 30.

You’ll find such  items as citrus-marinated olives  ($5), crab-stuffed deviled eggs ($5), warm lobster...

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Eating burgers outdoors: 4 LI places to find your fix

Bay Burger, in Sag Harbor, serves its burgers

(Credit: Daniel Gonzalez)

With Labor Day weekend upon us, everyone is scrambling for just another taste of summer. For many, it might mean a burger eaten in open air.

Here are four places to find your fix.


You’ll want to request a sidewalk table to properly enjoy the beefy, juicy, expertly grilled burgers here. One option is the namesake Brixx burger featuring fried onion wisps, jalapeño...

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Long Island's 10 best seafood restaurants

Grilled Montauk swordfish is served with sweet sausage

(Credit: Doug Young)

Newsday's "Eat Here Now," top-100 restaurant series continues this week with the 10 best seafood houses.

You put up with a lot of limp fried calamari and overcooked, farmed salmon before making the big catch. These 10 make up for all the overdone broiled seafood platters and stuffed flounders.

The 2014 list includes places as different from each other as the casual restaurant and market, ...

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On the sands of Long Beach: Odie’s food truck

Odie's Ocean Grill is a food truck on

(Credit: Odie's Ocean Grill)

It’s open in Long Beach, and it’s open on Long Beach. Odie’s Ocean Grill is a food truck located right on the sand beyond the boardwalk at Edwards Boulevard.

On the menu: tacos filled with shredded chicken, fried fish or shrimp and bacon ($8.50); sandwiches including lobster roll ($14) and grilled cheese ($7); crabcakes (three for $8); chicken tenders ($8.50); and waffle fries ($4.50).


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