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Long Island restaurants: This week’s reviews

Restaurateur Tom Schaudel and his daughter Courtney Schaudel

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti awards three stars to Petulant Wino, “the North Fork’s newest must-eat, must-drink restaurant.” In the brightened-up former Aquebogue home of Comtesse Thérèse Bistro, the restaurant is owned by manager Courtney Schaudel and her father, restaurateur Tom Schaudel. The tapas-spurred, globally influenced menu comes from chef Lenny Campanelli, who ran the kitchen...

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Closed in Mineola: Wong's Noodle House

Cold noodles with sesame sauce served at Wong's

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

Wong’s Noodle House in Mineola now belongs to history.

The casual corner spot, just steps away from the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station and Winthrop-University Hospital, opened back in 2009. It served an old-school Chinese menu and, despite its name, didn't offer that extensive a noodle roster.

Still, the restaurant served a fresh spinach noodle dish with shrimp that impressed....

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Wild Honey in Oyster Bay: A taste of summer

Red snapper stars in the Caribbean fish taco

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Wild Honey has a sweet spot at the corner of South Street and East Main in Oyster Bay. And diners who'd like some alfresco with dinner find a pleasant perch there.

It's a warm-weather scene these days, befitting the address that once housed the summer offices of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Wild Honey is a popular local hangout, where the food and the wine are fine, with service to...

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Lobster Friday at J. Michaels in Northport

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

(Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick)

Friday is aragosta night at J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

The lobster special, dubbed "Lobster & Lovers," is a four-course, fixed-price dinner for $55 per person, plus tax and tip.

It starts with lobster bisque, followed by a choice of either lobster cocktail or lobster and broccoli rabe salad. The main course selections are a two-pound lobster, steamed, oven-roasted...

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Malverne farmers market tries new hours

Waldorf School of Garden City students enjoying a

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

The Thursday farmers market that takes place at Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s in Malverne is trying something new this week: later hours. Since it launched in May, the market has been open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but, said organizer Lona Graepel, “We have received requests from potential customers asking if we could stay open later to accommodate working people’s schedules.” Accordingly,...

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Open in Point Lookout: Salt Air Café

Salt Air Cafe in Point Lookout serves breakfast,

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Residents of Point Lookout have a new sit-down, take-out eatery, Salt Air Café, which opened in May in a little cottage on Lido Boulevard.

Proprietor Kelly Kelleher envisioned a place where neighbors could enjoy from-scratch food made using good ingredients. She signed up with Farmigo, an online farmers’ market that acts as a conduit between farms, restaurants and consumers. She figures that,...

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Let down by Landmark Diner in Roslyn

A "skinny" turkey burger at Landmark Diner in

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Back in 2009, when the Landmark Diner in Roslyn moved a few yards east of its original location to spiffy new double-decker digs, the kitchen was under the aegis of chef Chris Palmer, whose pared-down menu was executed with care and élan.

Palmer has been gone from the diner for more than a year. During a recent brunch visit, the food tasted pretty much like typical diner fare from just about...

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J. Michaels' Tuscan Steakhouse makeover

"New World" meatballs are made with lobster, lightening

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Oyster Bay is closed and expected to reopen next month with a new emphasis on Italian cuisine.

And the original J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport, where prime steaks have reigned, is offering a fixed-price dinner focused on the Italian part of the menu. It's likely to be the template for the Oyster Bay restaurant.

Both establishments will continue...

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Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas in Garden City: First bites

Seared tuna bruschetta is served at Spuntino Wine

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

A midday visit to Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas, the Long Island offshoot of a Clifton, New Jersey, restaurant, turned out to be an experience filled with promise.

The industrial-looking spot is spacious and handsome, with surfaces of wood, brick and metal. From the menu of mostly small plates, a seared tuna bruschetta turned out to be a firecracker featuring rare fish topped with a...

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Chow Down Diner in Bethpage: Revisit

Pan-fried Asian teriyaki chicken dumplings are served at

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

It’s been more than a month since chef Steven Del Lima left full-time duties in the kitchen of Chow Down Diner in Bethpage to concentrate on revising CoolFish in Syosset. While Del Lima does stop into the diner early in the day, he usually isn’t around during dinner.

The restaurant received a two-and-a-half-star rating when reviewed in April. So, how are things going without the constant supervision...

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