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Closed in Cedarhurst: Mother Kelly's

Mother Kelly's Restaurant in Cedarhurst. (April 5, 2010)

(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

Mother Kelly’s, a Cedarhurst presence for more than 30 years, has closed and the building has been sold. But another branch with the same name is still up and running in a Syosset office building.

Lisa Lanese, who owns the restaurant with her brothers Mark and Glenn Gobetz and their mother, Dorothy Gobetz, said the Syosset menu, while shorter than the Cedarhurst original, features most...

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The Riverhead Project is gone for good

The Riverhead Project in Riverhead, seen in 2011,

(Credit: Heather Walsh)

The Riverhead Project, which dramatically improved dining out downtown, has closed.


Owner Dennis McDermott said last weekend that he hoped to re-open the restaurant with new partners, but Friday confirmed he was not able to find an investor. "Nobody wanted to invest in a restaurant in Riverhead."

The downtown upturn he'd hoped for and helped move along didn't materialize...

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This week's restaurant reviews

Whole red snapper in sweet-and-sour sauce is served

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

A golden pouf of bread, seed-sprinkled and brown at the edges, is a must-order at the new Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Washington, says Joan Reminick. She also likes the Turkish restaurant's tender and juicy chicken and lamb kebabs and the char-grilled whole St. Peter’s fish.

A new Chinese revolution is taking place on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck, where a glittery Moonstone, once the...

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New noodles at Frankly Thai in Franklin Square

Basil noodles with ground pork and shrimp, a

(Credit: Frankly Thai)

Chef Jintana Lauchalermsuk of Frankly Thai in Franklin Square has come up with a new noodle dish, which she and her husband Frankie Perrone are featuring as a special: basil noodles with ground pork and shrimp ($15.95).

As Perrone explains it, the dish is a Thai take on the Italian pasta Bolognese. Made with fat Thai noodles similar to the Japanese udon, it's the kind of dish that allows...

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Closed in Huntington Station: Muscle Maker Grill

Muscle Maker Grill, shortly after opening in Huntington

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Muscle Maker Grill, which opened across from Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station last year, has closed.

The franchise eatery occupied a little freestanding building that previously hosted Gimme 2,  Greek Captain and, before that, Starbucks. A sign on the window says the restaurant has “moved” to Amityville.

The concept here was lean...

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Anchor Down in Merrick: First bites

Swordfish is served with broccoli rabe, olives and

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

The catch of the day is Anchor Down in Merrick.

It's in the Open Bay Marina, where you'll find two small dining rooms and alfresco tables, too. Anchor Down is at the former site of Sunset Bar & Grill and JD's on the Bay.

Here, chef Stephen Rosenbluth offers traditional and New American seafood, with a few forays elsewhere. There are oysters, including Malpeques and Blue Points, both...

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Ra-Kang Thai Cuisine in Long Beach: First bites

A red curry with shrimp at Ra-Kang, serving

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

On a temperate but breezy night not long ago, the front wall of the new Ra-Kang Thai Cuisine was open to the street, as were the windows. The effect was of dining in an open-air pavilion.

Dinner began with a bowl of chicken and coconut soup ($5.95), milky and nuanced. Better yet was the slyly spicy tom yum soup with shrimp ($5.95). There were plenty of plump shrimp in a red curry ($12.95)...

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Brasserie HaLevi in Cedarhurst: First bites

Brasserie HaLevi is a kosher, continental restaurant in

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Brasserie HaLevi brings a bright touch to dining out in Cedarhurst.

The glatt kosher, primarily New American restaurant, is airy, in light hues, with a stylized,  modern look and efficient service.

Better choices include the sriracha-marinated spicy fried chicken, which delivers crunchiness and heat, with corn succotash, red cabbage and mashed potatoes on the side. Also tasty is...

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Open in East Meadow: Mi Cabaña Restaurant

Mi Cabana in East Meadow serves both Peruvian

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Making its debut in the East Meadow space that last hosted Sacramone’s Italian Restaurant is Mi Cabaña Restaurant, offering Colombian, Peruvian and “Latin fusion” cuisine  — plus, for good measure, a few Italian dishes. I stopped by briefly and picked up a menu, which made for intriguing reading.

To begin with, the place offers breakfast daily from 8:30 a.m., with such items as Peruvian-style...

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Prix-fixe $25 menu at George Martin RVC

Interior of George Martin The Original in Rockville

(Credit: George Martin The Original)

In honor of its 25th anniversary, George Martin The Original in Rockville Centre will feature a three-course $25 prix-fixe dinner available Sunday, Sept. 14, through Thursday, Sept. 18.

Among appetizer choices: a baby kale and romaine Caesar salad and Buffalo chicken tacos, followed, perhaps, by herb-roasted free-range chicken or braised boneless beef short rib. Dessert options...

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