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'George Hirsch Lifestyle' TV show debuts on PBS

Chef George Hirsch, at his home in Noyack,

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

George Hirsch, the Noyack-based chef and host, from 1994 to 2011, of the public television show “Living it Up,” is at it again. His new show, “George Hirsch Lifestyle,” debuts Sunday at 2:30 on public television station WLIW/21 and runs for 13 weeks.

Hirsch, who cooked up a Labor Day feast for Newsday last summer, will be focusing on simple home cooking and local products. In the first episode,...

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Citi Field's big new hit

New York Mets line the field waiting for

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

So far, outfielder Andrew Brown is the Mets' Opening Day slugger.

But in the meat of the order is Pat LaFrieda.

The purveyor's blend has become the "Official Burger of the Mets." It's dubbed the "Citi Field Amazin' Burger," and the 10-oz. Black Angus blend will be served at the ballpark's restaurants, clubs and concession stands that serve hamburgers.

The revered burgers at Shake...

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E.A.T.S. Social House open in East Massapequa

E.A.T.S. Social House in East Massapequa.

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E.A.T.S. Social House has opened in East Massapequa, adding to Long Island's gastropub boomlet.

The new spot is pouring at the former address of Alaine's.

Under the heading "tapas," the kitchen sends out fare such as crabcakes and fried calamari, honey-barbecued chicken wings and fried eggs, flatbreads and Bavarian pretzels, cheese fries and macaroni and cheese.

The restaurant...

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Lola in Great Neck: A new brunch treat

Fried chicken finished with maple syrup and black

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Lola wrestles with a profound question: What comes first, the chicken or the egg?

Both are outstanding at the Great Neck restaurant's Sunday brunch.

New to the menu: crisp, twice-fried "maple chicken" that tastes almost candied with Vermont maple syrup and notes of black truffle. It's a delicious combo of sweetness, savoriness and crunch, atop the house's fluffy biscuits. Michael Ginor's...

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Four Food Studio auction, Melville

Four Food Studio, in Melville: The sprawling, space

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

When Four Food Studio closed earlier this month, Long Island lost one of its most stylish interiors, by award-winning designer Karim Rashid — in addition to a dependable source of New American cuisine.  In preparation for the restaurant’s revamp, the owners are auctioning off not only much of the kitchen equipment (including the cotton-candy machine), but also china, flatware, glassware, chairs,...

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Closed in Southampton: Spiro's

The interior of Greek Bites Grill, later called

(Credit: Greek Bites Grill)

Spiro’s, a Greek restaurant on Route 27 in Southampton, has closed. The place first opened in 2012 as Greek Bites Grill but subsequently changed its name. It occupied the site that, for years, hosted Meson Ole.

On its menu were such dishes as grilled octopus, pastitsio, lamb chops and whole grilled fish.

The restaurant was a spinoff of the more reasonably priced Greek Bites Grill &...

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Closed in Farmingdale: Spartan Diner

The Spartan Diner at the corner of Route

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

The Spartan Diner, a longtime fixture on the corner of Route 110 and Conklin Street in Farmingdale, has turned off its grills and griddles and closed its doors.

The place, like so many Greek-American diners on Long Island, had an expansive menu that covered everything from spinach and feta omelets to burgers to steaks and souvlaki.


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Rolling Spring Roll rolls along in Farmingdale

Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale serves pho (noodle

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Seven months after it opened, The Rolling Spring Roll is running like a well-oiled machine. At lunchtime on Friday, most of the tables at Long Island’s only Vietnamese restaurant were occupied. Two friendly servers handled the dining room; I could see three cooks busily filling orders in the kitchen.

Our bowls of noodle soup (pho) were served quickly, along with a platter of bean sprouts,...

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Open in Rockville Centre: Parlay Gastropub

People patronizing a sneak preview of Parlay Gastropub

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

New to the ever-changing mix of restaurants and bars in Rockville Centre is Parlay Gastropub, which takes over the former digs of McFadden’s.

Manager Matthew Allgauer described the place as having walls made of brick and both the floors and the bar made of cement. The chef, Victor Chicas, formerly cooked at Social Sports Kitchen in Uniondale. His repertoire features such items as mussels,...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Oysters 2 Ways, one in a cream-and-Pernod stew

(Credit: Nicole Horton)

In this week's Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Reel, in the waterside spot that used to house The Fishery in East Rockaway. "Revived and remade after the devastation of superstorm Sandy, the restaurant looks almost entirely new," he writes. "But it's Adam Goldgell's food that will lure you." At Reel, the chef known for his appearances on the Food Network's "Restaurant Express," and his cooking...

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