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Muscle Maker Grill, Huntington Station: First bites

Cajun chicken and penne at Muscle Maker Grill

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A recent midday visit to the new Muscle Maker Grill in Huntington Station brought to mind the old Weather Girls song: “It’s Raining Men.” For, other than myself, there was not a female diner to be found in Long Island’s newest branch of a national healthy eating chain with other Long Island branches in Amityville, Long Beach and Merrick.

The order-at-the-counter spot is all about lean protein-based...

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Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill opens in St. James

Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill in

Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill just made its debut in the St. James space that last housed Attilio’s Grill (but is perhaps best known for hosting the former Bella Vita City Grill). The new eatery offers brick-oven pizza and an Italian repertoire. Co-owner  Allison  Clusel said that,  for now, former Attilio's owner Sam Mancini is the chef.

The gas-fired brick oven...

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Food truck at McCall Wines in Cutchogue

NORTH FORK LUNCH TRUCK In the parking area

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The gourmet food truck from The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold will be making Friday stops in November at the tasting room of McCall Wines in Cutchogue.

The weekly appearances of the truck from the four-star restaurant are slated from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Expect some of McCall's own beef burgers to be included on the menu. McCall has been raising Charolais...

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The Wild Rose Bar & Grill opens near Republic Airport

The Wild Rose Bar & Grill has opened

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Now blooming in Farmingdale: The Wild Rose Bar & Grill, newly opened in the freestanding building that last housed the short-lived Hudson House. Unlike its predecessor, which had its access blocked by months of roadwork, this place just north of Republic Airport on New Highway is easily reachable.

It's also outfitted with a full bar and shares ownership with the Rosewood Inn in Melville....

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Italian wine dinner at Orto in Miller Place

Orto, a newly opened rustic Italian restaurant in

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Orto, the country Italian restaurant in Miller Place, will be uncorking Nino Negri wines at a tasting dinner on Nov. 21.

The cost per person is $76, plus tax and gratuity.

Chef Eric Lomando also runs Kitchen A Trattoria and Kitchen A Bistro in St. James.

He plans to prepare house-smoked brook trout with celery-and-fennel salad; calamari risotto with red wine sauce; fingerling potato...

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Long Island Restaurant Week draws near

Monsoon Asian Kitchen & Lounge in Babylon.

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Long Island Restaurant Week is a time eagerly anticipated by epicures looking to stretch their dining dollars. This year, it runs from Sunday, Nov. 3, to the following Sunday, Nov. 10. During that period, a three-course meal will go for $27.95 a person at about 175 dining spots, most offering it every night except Saturday, when it will run only until 7 p.m.

You might want to use the opportunity...

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Fiza Family Diner in New Hyde Park: First bites

Mulligatawny soup at Fiza Family Diner in New

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Big, bold yet full of nuance, the flavors of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh come through loud and clear at the new Fiza Family Diner in New Hyde Park. The bonus here is an incredibly small tab.

Although the casual eatery has a takeout counter, a server will take your order after you've been seated at a table or booth in the brown and orange dining room. A recent dinner began with chicken mulligatawny...

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Halloween vampire doughnuts at Reinwald's Bakery in Huntington

Reinwald's Bakery in Huntington has a new vampire

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Behold the vampire doughnut. You can get your teeth into one at Reinwald’s Bakery in Huntington.

The scary looking creation came into being because of baker Richard Reinwald's observation: Doughnuts are the new cupcakes. Lately, Reinwald said, he's seen a large increase in doughnut sales, and, concurrently, a small decline in the popularity of cupcakes.

Hence Halloween vampire doughnuts...

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Burnt vegetables are hot at Long Island restaurants

Burnt Brussels sprout leaves at Jackson's in Commack.

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“Waiter, my vegetables are burnt.”

If you’re the one taking issue, clearly you aren’t up on one of the latest trends in gastronomy: vegetables charred to a delectable crisp. Call it a mistake gone right.

To find out what it’s all about, check out these places with burnt offerings from the garden:

At Ciro’s Italian Restaurant, with branches in Kings Park and Hauppauge, burnt broccoli...

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Post Sandy, 5 notable restaurant comebacks

A half rack of baby back ribs is

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The miseries and memories of superstorm Sandy stay with many of us and our neighbors.

The shoreline will never be the same. There always will be concern about having a house by the water. Some communities are changed permanently from what they were before Oct. 29, 2012.

But there is resilience, too.

Dine at a restaurant that has made a comeback from that long night and the days,...

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