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LI's top 100 restaurants series continues

On the sushi menu is the eponymous Monsoon

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This week exploreLI.com publishes the fifth in a 10-week series of stories picking the Top 10 tables on Long Island in 10 different, popular categories. They are: Asian, Asian-fusion, International, Italian, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, New American, seafood, steak, sushi and, a more general one, Cheap Eats. This week: Asian Fusion.  Click here to see our picks. The favorite: Monsoon in Babylon....

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Ground turkey: Not a safe bet

Turkeys are vulnerable to bacterial infection. (Nov. 3,

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Think ground turkey is a healthful alternative to other ground meats? It may have less fat than some beef and pork, but it may also be a hotbed of bacterial contamination. For an eye-opening investigative article that just went up on its website, Consumer Reports studied 257 samples of raw ground turkey and patties purchased at retail stores nationwide and found that more than half tested positive...

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Jellyfish, Centerport, gets reality TV chef

Chef Danny Gagnon is now at Jellyfish in

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Jellyfish in Centerport is starting to look like a veritable revolving door, now banking on its third chef since the New American place opened in the fall with James McDevitt,  a Newsday All-Star Chef. The most recent chef, Matt Murphy, has departed; his replacement is former Bravo Top Chef contender Danny Gagnon, who was in charge of the kitchen at DoraNonnie in Glen Head. Where does that...

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The Riverhead Project: Chef changes

Roy Wohlars, executive chef at South Edison restaurant

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Greg Ling, who had been executive chef at the Riverhead Project since it opened in May 2011 (and earned three stars from Newsday's Peter Gianotti), has left the restaurant. Taking over for Ling is Roy Wohlars who was, until recently, executive chef at South Edison in Montauk. According to owner Dennis McDermott, Wohlars will introduce a new seafood-focused menu in the next few weeks. When South...

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Gyrolicious, Jericho: First bites

A sampler platter of dips at Gyrolicious in

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The night I stop into Gyrolicious in Jericho,  there’s a 10-minute wait for a table. Looking around the room, I note the enormity of portion sizes. And, checking out the menu, the ultra-moderate prices. For starters, four of us share a sampler platter of dips ($9.95). They’re all exemplary: taramasalata, or roe dip, spiced pepper feta, eggplant salad and hummus. Some quibbles: Not enough pita...

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's $24 bottle of wine actually very good

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star in a refreshing, new production this spring: "Chateau Miraval." It's a wine. Their latest performance arrives in a bottle of $24 rose made at their $60-million estate in southern France. The credit on the back of the bottle reads: "Jolie-Pitt & Perrin," Perrin being their partner Marc Perrin, owner of the respected Chateau de Beaucastel...

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Long Island Dogs unleashed in Port Jefferson Station

The new Long Island Dogs in Port Jefferson

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Hoping to bring a little of their home state's hot dog tradition to Port Jefferson Station, Connecticut entrepreneurs Jonathan Gavern and Mark Argraves just launched Long Island Dogs in Port Jefferson Station. Anyone who has ever pulled off I-95 to Connecticut for a pit stop at Swanky Franks in Norwalk, Super Duper Weenie in Fairfield or Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport, knows just how serious our...

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3 La Bottega eateries break from franchise

The former La Bottega in Huntington is now

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Three of Long Island's 17 La Bottega franchises have gone independent, each changing its name but keeping most of the grill-pressed sandwiches and salads from before. On the menu, some dishes have also had name changes. In Huntington, the former La Bottega is now called New York Panini. Owner Joe Quirke said what used to be called the Susan salad, made with breaded chicken cutlets, hot peppers...

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BurgerFi comes to Oceanside

This is the new BurgerFi in Oceanside. (2013)

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A new burger chain makes its Long Island debut Tuesday. BurgerFi, based in Florida, will start serving a menu of cooked-to-order hormone-and-antibiotic-free burgers, specialty hot dogs, freshly cut fries and more. Sustainability is big here, with recycled materials used to fabricate the furniture. Chairs, for example, are fashioned out of recycled Coke bottles. On the menu: the BurgerFi burger...

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Parkside Cafe in Seaford reopens post-Sandy

On the water in Seaford, the Parkside Cafe

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Parkside Cafe, perched above the canals of Seaford, was nearly demolished by superstorm Sandy. As owner Joe Bonomo tells it, the place had to be stripped down to the studs, its interior rebuilt entirely. Now, freshly remodeled, the Parkside has reopened and will feature live music tonight. On chef Matthew Vitale’s menu: kung pao calamari ($14), tuna tartare ($17), Cajun spiced jumbo diver sea scallops...

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