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Closed in Oceanside: Lawson Pub

Lawson Pub, like many Oceanside businesses, was hit

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Long Island has bid adieu to Lawson Pub, which made its debut near the Oceanside LIRR station in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the place garnered a three-star review for such dishes as shrimp and clams casino and a crazy bacon and lobster salad-topped burger. But in 2012, the gastropub was hit by superstorm Sandy and never fully rebounded.

So, now, chef-owner Joseph...

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National Guacamole Day at Besito

Guacamole is prepared table-side at Besito.

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When National Guacamole Day and Mexican Independence Day come together, you can be sure Long Island's two Besito restaurants will be ready.

This happens on Tuesday, Sept.16. To contribute to the festivities, Besito in Huntington and in Roslyn has added two specials to the menu, along with a complimentary Roca Patron tequila tasting from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lobster guacamole is one dish, enriching...

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Chefs' benefit highlights East End sustainability

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic offers tours on

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Learn about sustainability while you sample the wares of some of the East End’s best chefs, farmers, fishermen, wineries and breweries. That’s the idea behind S.E.E.D. (Sustainable East End Development), organized by the Eastern Long Island chapter of the chefs' group American Culinary Federation (ACF). The event takes place on Sept. 28 at Westhampton Beach Country Club.

Among the participating...

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New bakery cafe chain hits Long Island

Corner Bakery Cafe is new to Westbury in

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Corner Bakery Cafe, a chain with roots in Chicago and corporate headquarters in Dallas, just opened its first Long Island branch in Westbury. The casual new eatery is attached to Buffalo Wild Wings (with which it shares franchise ownership). It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

You can choose a “scrambler” such as the “Anaheim,” with scrambled...

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Closed in Cedarhurst: Mother Kelly's

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

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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,

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

Permanently.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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