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Open in Glen Cove: Claudio’s Ristorante

Capellini Marechiaro is a pasta special at Claudio's

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Claudio’s Ristorante has taken over the building that since 1978 housed the Glen Cove landmark La Pace. (Its final incarnation, La Pace with Chef Michael, closed in 2013.)

Owner Claudio Zustovich operated Piccola Italia in Williston Park in the 1980s and, since then, has had a hand in a number of local Italian restaurants while also running an auto body shop in Queens with his son Fabrizio....

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Sag Harbor gets new frozen yogurt shop

Montauk's Buddha Berry opens in Sag Harbor, serving

(Credit: Lauren Chattman)

Sag Harbor finally has the frozen yogurt it deserves. Housed in a historic Main Street building, a spacious branch of Montauk's Buddha Berry opened here Friday, offering a dozen all-natural yogurt, sorbet, and gelato flavors.

Founder Nancy Passaretti's original focus was on lightly sweetened yogurts and superfood toppings including ground flax and chia seeds. But if your idea of dessert doesn't...

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Open in Bayville: Breakers Sports Bar and Grill

Breakers Sports Bar and Grill is up and

(Credit: Breakers Sports Bar and Grill)

The former Breakers restaurant, a longtime fixture in Bayville, has reopened under new ownership as Breakers Sports Bar and Grill. The renovated spot is under the aegis of the Jekyll and Hyde Entertainment Group, which also owns Shipwreck Tavern next door and the nearby Bayville Adventure Park.

Because Shipwreck Tavern offers a lot of seafood, Breakers is more of a wings and burgers kind of...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Chef Richard Lanza at work in the kitchen

(Credit: Yvonne Albinowski)

It’s a banner week here in Newsday’s food section: Two 3-star reviews.

Peter M. Gianotti visits Ristegio’s in North Patchogue, where Richard Lanza, formerly of Blackstone Steakhouse in Melville, “smoothly segues through New American, French, Italian and Japanese cuisines. Another familiar face at the imposing restaurant: general manager Andy Kormendi, “who ran the long-gone, much-missed Louis...

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North Fork Table holds its own in Southold

Raw hamachi and seared Hudson Valley foie gras

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

It’s not easy maintaining the standards of a fine restaurant. It’s that much harder when the restaurant is located in a feast-or-famine seasonal region like the East End. Southold’s North Fork Table & Inn, which opened in 2006 and received four stars from Newsday's Peter M. Gianotti in 2009, was handed an additional challenge when chef-partner Gerry Hayden was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.


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Roosevelt Field: alfresco eating with a construction site view

Alfresco dining hits Roosevelt Field at both Skinny

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Eating at the mall doesn’t have to mean being cooped up inside in beautiful weather. Check out the above photo of outdoor tables at both Havana Central and Skinny Pizza at Roosevelt Field.  

Lots of bright sunshine. And the view? Just what’s left of the parking lot on the western side, much of which has turned into a live construction site. Watch as the mall reconfigures itself and the...

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Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square getting exclusive brew

Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. (Nov. 4,

(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

They're having one "Hell" of a late spring at Plattduetsche Park.

That would be Krombacher Hell, a German brew that the Franklin Square restaurant and beer garden is highlighting. It's the only spot in North America to taste the easygoing, pilsner-style, blond beer aimed at an audience of drinkers in its 20s and 30s who may be just starting to enjoy beer.

"Hell" means light, as in bright,...

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Pho Maxia in Westbury: First bites

Pho special,with beef filet, beef shank, beef ball

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

The new Pho Maxia in Westbury, tucked into a strip mall, is a neat little Vietnamese restaurant, one of only two on Long Island. Brothers Hoa Kevin Du and executive chef David Yu had previously owned the restaurant's Bethpage predecessor, Maxia, which had a brief but glorious run back in the late 1990s.

At Pho Maxia, a recent lunch began with shrimp summer rolls ($4.95), light, simple and...

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Italian tapas night at Bistro Etcetera, Port Washington

Patrons dine at Bistro Etc. in Port Washington.

(Credit: Photo by Yana Paskova)

One of my Port Washington informants emailed me recently to extol the virtues of Bistro Etcetera, the New American that opened in 2011 and received two stars from Newsday. It’s the kind of friendly, dependable restaurant that every town deserves.

On Wednesday evenings, the bistro becomes more of a destination. Chef-owner Karen Melanie prepares an eight-course Italian-inspired tapas menu. Recent...

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Swallow in Huntington adds 64 seats

Angus beef sliders at Swallow in Huntington.

(Credit: Jesse Newman)

Swallow has gobbled up the space next door.

The New American, small-plates specialist in downtown Huntington has completed its expansion into the adjoining space, formerly a vintage clothing store. The restaurant now includes 20 seats and a full bar in the original dining area, as well as 64 in the new one, said general manager David Malinowski.

Swallow, which opened in 2010, also operates...

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