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Dining in Northport: 5 picks

Grandma Maroni's sumptuous spaghetti and meatballs are served

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In scenic Northport, you’ll want to stroll through town: check out the pier, the gazebo and the shops along Main Street. Beforehand — or afterward — consider one of these five eating places:

MARONI CUISINE, 18 Woodbine Ave., Northport, 631-757-4500

Chef-owner Michael Maroni’s freewheeling tasting menu takes you all over the place — in high style. Maroni, whose meatballs beat Bobby Flay’s...

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Earth Day eats: 3 places for vegans on LI

That Meetball Place in Patchogue is in a

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In honor of Earth Day, you might want to think about going easy on the environment by eating vegan — if only for 24 hours.

But finding something vegan to eat on Long Island can be somewhat of a challenge. To start, we've come up with three places — a restaurant, a market and a pizzeria.

That Meetball Place, 54 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-569-5888

At a restaurant whose raison d’être...

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Wunderbar: German night at Glen Head's Iron Horse

Spaten Oktoberfest is poured year-round at the Iron

On Wednesday, The Iron Horse becomes Die Eisen-Pferd.

Yes, it's German night in Glen Head.

You still can dive into burgers and wings, plus chicken piccata and Marsala. But on Wednesday night, the specials take in sauerbraten and smoked pork chops, bratwurst and steak with fried onions, and at least four schnitzels, from plain Wiener to a la Holstein with a fried egg. Housemade potato...

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Noodles & Company in Garden City offers spring specials

New spring dishes at Noodles and Company in

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A new array of spring dishes just joined the repertoire of Noodles & Company, located next to Ulta in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City.

Seasonal additions include asparagus di Parma, or asparagus in white wine butter sauce with mushrooms and tomatoes over spaghetti, served with Parmesan-crusted chicken breast ($7.29 small; $8.29 regular),  Margarita flatbread ($3.29),...

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A burger king, from Market Bistro in Jericho

Market Bistro in Jericho prepares a very good

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There are plenty of reasons to enjoy a casual meal at Market Bistro in Jericho. My latest addition: the "mb burger."

This combination of dry-aged rib-eye, Kobe-style brisket and short rib yields one of the juiciest burgers between Great Neck and Montauk. Order yours as rare as you like.

It's finished with garlic aioli and served with hand-cut fries. Cost: $15. For a dollar each, you...

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Opening in Rockville Centre: Tony Colombos Italian Bistro

New to Rockville Centre is Tony Colombos Italian

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On Saturday, Tony Colombos Italian Bistro makes its Rockville Centre debut in the renovated space that last housed Cielo. It represents a collaboration between namesake, Tony Colombo (whose past culinary credits include Cirella’s in Melville, Mannino’s Restaurant & Lounge in Oakdale and the 21 Club in Manhattan) and Art Gustafson, chef-owner of the nearby Chadwick’s American Chop House &...

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KFC's Double Down sandwich returns

The Double Down -- bacon, Monterey Jack cheese

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It's baaack. You may or may not want to eat it, but you'll probably have something to say about the limited-engagement return of the Double Down from KFC.

The 540-calorie sandwich has as its filling bacon, Monterey Jack cheese plus the Colonel’s special sauce. In place of a bun, though, are two Original Recipe chicken filets. Yes, two pieces of fried chicken standing in for bread.


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Southampton beer dinner at Jamesport Manor Inn

The Jamesport Manor Inn in Jamesport .

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Jamesport Manor Inn hosts a dinner highlighting a quartet of brews from Southampton Publick House on Friday, April 25.

The cost of the four-course dinner is $60 per person. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Chef Michael Mandleur's menu includes Peconic Bay oysters paired with Southampton Double White; warm Stilton cheese and pear halves, with Belgian endive and candied pecans, with the brewery's...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

La Marmite in Williston Park serves pan-seared red

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In this week’s Cheap Eats review, Joan Reminick views the menu of chef Steven Del Lima at the new Chow Down Diner in Bethpage as a “well-edited repertoire of cleverly tweaked American classics at diner prices.“ She praises such dishes as the “spunky Southwestern omelet laced with ground chorizo, black beans, jalapeño and cheese” and “plush, deftly-spiced chicken arugula meatballs.“


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Dining in Babylon: 5 picks

Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon offers

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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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