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LI restaurants: this week's reviews

Juicy roasted chicken is a classic main course

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Port Washington is now home to three Latin restaurants owned by El Salvador-born Israel Guzman. Newsday critic Joan Reminick visits them all: Mole Mole Fresh Mexican Grill, Mojito Cafe & Lounge and Mi Ranchito.  We tell you how the three stack up.

In Merrick, The Savoy Tavern has been taken over by chef Kevin Liebov, who “dramatically improves the food with New American flair...

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Local beef on sale at McCall in Cutchogue

Russ McCall is the owner of McCall Ranch

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You've got a beef in Cutchogue.

On the eve of summer, McCall Ranch starts selling its own organic, grass-fed beef at the McCall Wines tasting room on June 20.

The meat, from prized Charolais cattle, is $20 per pound for steak and $10 per pound for ground. There's a limit of two pieces per customer, and orders cannot be placed by phone or online.

The North Fork Food Truck, from...

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Open in Glen Cove: Manka Peruvian Kitchen

Rotisserie chicken at the Manka Peruvian Kitchen in

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New to Glen Cove is Manka Peruvian Kitchen, situated in the strip mall storefront space that last housed Rosticini Italian Grill. Look for it behind Wendy's.

Chef-owner Boris Torres, who came to the U.S. from Peru as a child, grew up in the restaurant business. His family still owns El Anzuelo Fino, a Peruvian restaurant with branches in both Jackson Heights and Woodhaven. But instead of going...

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Hicksville restaurant bans soda

Jay Jadeja, chef/co-owner of West East All Natural

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The subject of the latest email blast from West East All Natural Bar & Bistro is emphatically in caps: NO MORE SODA. This from executive chef Jay Jadeja, who calls soda “a predominant contributor to the obesity and health crisis in our country.”

Jadeja, who was profiled in Newsday's All-Star Chefs series, adds that he and his wife, Raquel, haven’t had soda in over a decade, and their children...

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Hamptons elite restaurant hires 19-year-old chef

Greg Grossman is the new chef at Georgica

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Youth is served at Georgica in Wainscott.

New in the pondside restaurant's sixth season is executive chef Greg Grossman, age 19.

"It's been fantastic," said Grossman, who describes his cooking in the Hamptons as "eclectic American." The chef, who was spurred to his profession via a cookbook by revered Spanish chef Ferran Adria, also sufficiently "bothered" Chicago superchef Grant Achatz...

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Italian restaurants on LI: Whose fault is it?

At Luigi Q in Hicksville, daily specials include

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OK, here we go again. Another Italian restaurant rant.

Last night, a colleague and I had a terrific meal at Luigi Q in Hicksville. Among the highlights: Oyster Bay Cove oysters both raw and "casino'ed" with bacon and, instead of bread crumbs, a vegetable brunoise; linguine Giovaninna, simply, sparely dressed with capers and cherry tomatoes; deep-fried Italian peppers with sea salt and olive...

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CoolFish in Syosset: What's new

Crisp, whole red snapper highlights the menu at

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CoolFish remains situated in a windowless space in an anonymous building that opens onto a parking lot. Steven Del Lima is the latest chef to let the light in.

The Syosset restaurant, which keeps its stylized, contemporary interior, is under new management. Chef-owner Tom Schaudel sold it last year to the Singh Hospitality Group.

Del Lima currently is the consulting chef and also is...

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Kale and quinoa at Saks Fifth Avenue

Cirella's at Saks Fifth Avenue just added a

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As department store restaurants go, Cirella’s at Saks Fifth Avenue in Walt Whitman Shops has been on top of food trends since opening a decade ago with its own sushi bar. Now, the menu has been updated with a roster of dishes containing today’s two most fashionable ingredients, kale and quinoa.

Order the combination of chopped kale and cooked quinoa as a stirfry or salad, presented in a bowl...

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Open in Huntington Station: Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre in Huntington serves a "fritto misto"

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More than a year-and-a-half in the making, Cinque Terre has opened on Jericho Turnpike in the sprawling space that Panama Hatties put on the map in 1983. (Panama Hatties went through a number of chefs and incarnations before giving way in 2011 to the short-lived Amicale.)

Cinque Terre is owned by Anthony and Pam Page, who also own Verona Ristorante in Farmingdale. The new venue is much bigger,...

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H2O in Smithtown: First bites

"Spicy tuna crispy rice sliders" are served at

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New name. New chef. New style.

Welcome to H2O Seafood & Sushi, the fish house remade. This had been H2O Seafood Grill. Under chef Wayne Cafariella, it's a tasty combination of traditional fare, updates, and a renewed emphasis on the uncooked.

Very good choices include fried oysters with sauce remoulade; the generous lobster bake, with clams, chorizo sausage, corn on the cob and fingerling...

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