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Chow Down Diner in Bethpage: First Bites

Pan-crisped teriyaki chicken dumplings at the Chow Down

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

On a recent evening, dinner at the retro-contemporary new Chow Down Diner in Bethpage proved a success, both in terms of food and service. 

For starters, chef Steven Del Lima's savory pan-crisped chicken teriyaki dumplings ($8.95) rivaled those recalled from fine Asian restaurants. A terrific matzo ball soup ($4.95)  starred a huge Gibraltar of a matzo ball, surprisingly light and...

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Bahama Breeze at Smith Haven Mall: First bites

Wood-grilled salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and green

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Sitting down to dinner at the tropically themed new Bahama Breeze Island Grille at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove was anything but a breeze one recent evening. The wait at the Florida-based chain ran about 45 minutes.

When seated, at last, I ordered a “skinny” mojito. “You don’t want that,” I was told by a very chipper server, who relayed opinions of the low-cal drink given by other customers....

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Pasta primavera shines today

The Pasta primavera recipe can be found in

Resistant little mounds of snow remain, but crocuses are starting to poke through.

Spring finally, ultimately, at last arrives today. It's bye-bye braising, bagna cauda and Black Russians. So long hot toddy and mulled wine, Game: gone.

Where's the asparagus? Find those morels. Start prepping the peas.

And give the season its full welcome with a plate of pasta primavera. The dish...

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Open in East Northport: Red Ginger Asian Diner

Red Ginger Asian Diner is serving dan dan

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Making its debut in East Northport is Red Ginger Asian Diner, situated in a just-built strip mall on Larkfield Road.

“It’s fast casual,” said owner Samantha Ye, who said you order at the counter, receive a number, sit down and wait for a runner to bring your food to you.

The menu is mainly Chinese, with a few Thai and Japanese items. Most interesting is a section listing “street eats,”...

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Suozzi restaurant reopens in Glen Cove

Chef Phil Morizio and Stella Cocchiola, a member

(Credit: Stango's at the Orchard Facebook)

Stango's at the Orchard in Glen Cove, which went on a brief hiatus this winter, has reopened. What's known to be Long Island's oldest Italian restaurant has a new chef, a new look and a new menu (with higher prices). The place is still owned by a group of investors headed by political couple Helene and Tom Suozzi.

In charge of the kitchen now is Phil Morizio, whose 20-year-old Oyster Bay restaurant,...

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Closed in Merrick: Nicholas James Bistro

Nicholas James Bistro in Merrick. (July 9, 2010)

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Nicholas James Bistro, the popular, upbeat New American restaurant in Merrick, has closed.

The closing stems from a dispute over lease renewal.

Chef Kevin Liebov of Nicholas James currently is cooking at The Savoy Tavern, also in Merrick, according to Charles Liebov, his father and a partner in the shuttered bistro. 

Kevin Liebov said the kitchen staff from Nicholas James...

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Open in Riverhead: Joe's Garage and Grill

The new Joe's Garage and Grill in Riverhead

(Credit: Joe's Garage and Grill)

Vroom, vroom. Joe’s Garage and Grill is now running on a full tank in Riverhead. The new race car-themed dining spot, which also has a music scene, faces onto the municipal lot off Peconic Avenue. True to its name, it’s equipped with garage doors, which open to outdoor seating in view of the Peconic River.

Inside, the place is decorated with racing memorabilia from NASCAR and Riverhead Raceway....

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Closed in Port Jefferson: Pace's Steak House

Pace's Steakhouse was in downtown Port Jefferson, Jan.

(Credit: Kirsten Luce)

Pace’s Steakhouse on Wynn Lane in Port Jefferson has served its final filet mignon and Porterhouse. The offshoot of the original Hauppauge restaurant opened in 2001.

Co-owner James Pace said that he and his brother, Rinaldo, sold their lease and equipment and are concentrating on their other restaurants. For James, that means Pace’s Steak House in Hauppauge and its wine bar spinoff next door,...

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P.J. Clarke’s in, Majors Steakhouse out in Woodbury

This March 8, 2012, photo shows the bar

(Credit: AP / Tina Fineberg)

P.J. Clarke's, the historic Manhattan bar and grill, will be opening a location in Woodbury, in the Jericho Turnpike building that has housed the popular and reasonably priced Majors Steakhouse since 1994. Majors' lease is up at the end of May.

The distinctive, wood-paneled building is owned by Richard Monti, who also owns the adjacent Crest Hollow Country Club. "When the lease came up," he...

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Dining in Sayville: 5 picks

Braised pork belly with corn pudding and pickled

(Credit: Doug Young)

Whether you’re strolling through the downtown area or headed for the Fire Island Ferry, Sayville’s varied dining scene offers no shortage of enticements. Here are five possibilities:

BISTRO 25, 45 Foster Ave., 631-589-7775

The draw at this big, bustling bistro is chef Brian Shuren’s high-caliber cooking at surprisingly moderate prices. Get into the braised pork belly over corn pudding,...

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