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Closed in Huntington: Buoy One

Buoy One in Huntington.

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Buoy One on Main Street in Huntington has closed. The offshoot of a Riverhead restaurant, which also has a Westhampton branch, opened last spring but didn't quite make it to a year.

The restaurant got 1-1/2 stars in an August 2013 Newsday review that observed “it’s fully possible to get a great meal. Or a mediocre one.” There was praise for a clam chowder “more brothy than creamy, filled with...

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LI restaurants with warming comfort foods

Classic all-American mac and cheese at Mac &

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

On days like this one, when it’s all you can do to stop your teeth from chattering, there’s culinary relief at three Long Island eateries — each a specialist in a single kind of  comfort food.

In Mineola, you’ll find Mama Soup, situated in the ground floor of an office building. Here, a soup bar features 28 varieties, which can be eaten on premises or packed to go. Highly recommended:...

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We can hardly wait ... 20 days till spring

Almond-crusted, bake-fried asparagus. (March 11, 2013)

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Heard the forecast?

Yes, while they're handing out Oscars in Hollywood, Katy Perry and John Mayer stay split, and Justin Bieber's sobriety walk becomes a new dance, six to eight inches of snow are expected to fall on Long Island.

Which is why, once more, we can hardly wait till spring. Now, it's under the three-week mark.

And the appetite turns to asparagus and peas, ramps and...

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That Meetball Place in Patchogue: First bites

A spicy marinara blankets classic meatballs with fresh

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Huge, handsome and hip, That Meetball Place in Patchogue is a study in wood, brick and iron. High ceilings, a high decibel level and a high-top communal table amp up the vibe. Even the name of the place is a play on words: You go there to meet, have a ball and eat meatballs. All kinds, served in any number of ways.

On a recent evening, when the place reverberated with loud music and shouted...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Tenderloin of pork is paired with apple-braised cabbage

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In this week’s Newsday, The Trattoria in St. James vaults into the top tier of Long Island’s Italian restaurants. In November, Eric Lomando sold the casual BYO place (formerly called Kitchen A Trattoria) to his chef,  Steven Gallagher. Now, writes Peter M. Gianotti, the place is even better. Gallagher “changes the menu daily. But the results are invariably the same … creative, genuine, fairly...

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Prime in Huntington gets new chef

Four Food Studio chef Ben Durham on May

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Ben Durham has been appointed executive chef of Prime American Kitchen & Bar in Huntington.

Durham was, until September, executive chef at Melville’s Four Food Studio. He came aboard Prime in November, after the departure of executive chef Gregg Lauletta (who earned three stars from Newsday in 2012).

With multiple dining rooms and outdoor decks, Prime sprawls along the waterfront...

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Nisen One Ten opens in Melville

On Feb. 27, its second day open for

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Let the sushi wars begin.

Here’s the latest shot: Nisen One Ten, the eagerly awaited Melville branch of the Japanese-fusion group, has completed a major renovation and opened in the former home of Barolo.

Any trace of that long-standing, sedate Italian trattoria has been obliterated by the snazzy new sushi restaurant whose decor is an absolutely-of-the-moment blend of industrial chic...

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Mac & Melts in Garden City: gooey goodness

Colorful, crunch-topped, meltingly good Southwestern mac and cheese

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Doing justice to those quintessential American comfort classics,  macaroni and cheese and the melted cheese sandwich, is the new Mac & Melts in Garden City. This is the kind of food that picks up your mood on a bad day  — oozy, gooey, melty, delicious fare.

On a recent visit, a Southwestern mac and cheese ($6.50 small; $10.75 large), served in a cast iron skillet, proved both...

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Bahama Breeze opens at Smith Haven Mall

In February 2014, it's cold outside, but the

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

What could be more welcome this frigid winter than a restaurant named Bahama Breeze? The first New York branch of an Orlando-based chain, under the umbrella of Darden Restaurants, just opened in a sprawling new building at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, fronting Middle Country Road.

I took a quick peek inside, making note of the island-style decor featuring potted palms and live tropical...

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Closed in Commack: Ko Gu Ryo

Ko Gu Ryo was a Korean restaurant in

(Credit: Joan Reminick)

Ko Gu Ryo in Commack has closed, joining the long line of Korean restaurants to have come and gone from this peaked-roof freestanding building at 1087 Jericho Tpke.

The restaurant, which opened about a year ago, received a one-and-a-half star review. While several dishes were uneven, the place garnered praise for its “first-rate” gopdal bibimpap, the stone pot Korean classic made with ground...

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