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Farmingdale Diner stars on Food Network

The newly renovated Farmingdale Diner, and "Hungry Games"

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The newly renovated Farmingdale Diner is the setting for an episode of Food Network’s “The Hungry Games” that airs Monday at 8 p.m.

The series is hosted by chef, restaurateur and “Top Chef All-Stars” winner Richard Blais. 

“The episode is all about diner slang,” said manager Steve Sajos, who added that Blais spent five hours at the diner in early September.

With a crisp contemporary...

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J. Michaels in Oyster Bay closed permanently

The bone-in rib-eye at J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse

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Plans to reopen J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Oyster Bay have been shelved. The restaurant has closed permanently.

Former co-owner and chef Vincent P. Michaels said the expected makeover, turning the Oyster Bay spot into an Italian restaurant, won't happen. The future of the site, best remembered for the Mill River Inn, is uncertain.

The original J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse is open...

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Uncle Bacala's celebrates 10th birthday

The patio at Uncle Bacala's in Garden City

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Uncle Bacala’s, the Italian seafood restaurant in Garden City Park, celebrates its 10th anniversary this November. To mark the occasion, owner Peter Hewitt is rolling back the prices on his prix-fixe menus to 2004 levels through the end of the month.

That means that a three-course lunch, served Monday to Saturday, will run you $11.95; three courses at dinner, Monday to Thursday, is $21.95....

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All-star chef Heather West exits Schafer's in Port Jefferson

Schaefer's chef Heather West.

Heather West, one of Newsday's all-star chefs for 2014, has left Schafer's in Port Jefferson.

West cited "medical issues" for her departure from the restaurant, adding that she currently is "doing private work."

The former executive chef was the Season 2 winner in Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" TV-show competition.

Schafer's received a one-and-one-half star rating in Newsday...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Chef-owner Billy Sansone at work in the kitchen

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti awards three stars to Cafe Testarossa, a Syosset mainstay since 1988, “when the establishment opened with a blazing red image of the namesake Ferrari nearly the length of the dining room.” These days, he writes, “the renovated restaurant's decor is more subdued, with neutral hues and soothing artwork. But chef-owner Billy Sansone's meticulous cooking, from...

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Open in Deer Park: GreeKrave

GreeKrave is a new Greek fast food eatery

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New to Deer Park is GreeKrave, described by co-owner Chris Pavlatos as a “fast food concept.” Here, you order at the counter and your food is brought to you when it’s ready.

Choose from a variety of options like a lamb/beef gyro sandwich ($7.95), moussaka ($9.95) or Greek salad ($9.95). Or get a customized pita ($7.95) or rice bowl ($9.95), moving down a line (the way you would at Chipotle...

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Supersized new flatbreads at Walt Whitman mall

Flatbread with grilled chicken, spinach, bacon and Gorgonzola

(Credit: Cirella's at Saks Fifth Avenue)

Quite a spectacle, the superlong flatbreads just added to the repertoire at Cirella’s at Saks Fifth Avenue at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station. They're sized  for sharing, presented on wooden paddles that slightly overhang each table.

Crusts are first made at the nearby Cirella’s in Melville before being transported to Huntington Station and then baked, with toppings, on-site....

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Shake Shack celebrates Halloween with specials

For Halloween, Shake Shack in Westbury will be

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Boo! Shake Shack has cooked up two specials to celebrate Halloween this year: The Halloweenie ($4.50) is a Vienna all-beef hot dog wrapped with bacon and topped with pumpkin maple mustard; the Shack O’Lantern shake ($5.50)  is made from vanilla frozen custard  with pumpkin, marshmallow and autumn spices.

Available through Friday at Shake Shack in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, 860...

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Day-of-the-Dead specials at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito in Huntington

(Credit: Newsday/Bill Davis)

The two Besito Mexican restaurants will celebrate the Day of the Dead with specials on the plate and special effects, too. And they'll do it for two days.

The Huntington and Roslyn spots plan to offer ceviche de jaiba, or citrus-marinated jumbo lump crab with jalapenos, garnished with tortillas and plantain chips; and enchilada de res, soft corn tortillas packed with braised short rib in chipotle-cream...

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Perfecto Mundo in Commack to close after LI Restaurant Week

Perfecto Mundo (or Perfect World) in Commack specializes

(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Perfecto Mundo, the three-star Latin-fusion restaurant in Commack, is to close  Nov. 10.

It will stay open for Long Island Restaurant Week, which starts Nov. 2.

In an email to customers last night, owner Liz Keschl said: "It is with great sadness, and much inner conflict, that I announce today  that we will be closing our doors on Monday, November 10th."

Keschl added,...

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