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Joe's Garage and Grill in Riverhead: First bites

Tokyo Drift sliders at Joe's Garage feature steamed

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A recent lunch at the new Joe’s Garage and Grill in Riverhead proved a rousing success. Not only was the hip race car-themed place something to behold — brick walls, cement floors and a mini racetrack suspended above the bar — but chef Brian Burner’s food scored majorly.

At the starting gate was an appetizer called Tokyo Drift sliders ($9.95). Rather than sliders, what I got were two bao,...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Paella alla Valenciana is a respectable dish offered

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Sur Argentinian Steakhouse, which takes over the Huntington Village spot long occupied by Canterbury Ales. Sur is the “generous, easygoing offspring of Tango Argentinian Steakhouse, the 16-year staple in Central Islip." Some of its popular dishes are available here, including sliced chorizo sausage with caramelized Spanish onions and rosemary and...

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Red Ginger Asian Diner in East Northport: First bites

Thai basil with tofu and vegetables is a

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

When owner Samantha Ye defined the new Red Ginger Asian Diner in East Northport as “fast casual,” she wasn’t kidding. As I found out on a recent visit, the food here fairly flies out of the open kitchen. Moments after you’ve ordered at the counter and seated yourself at one of the upholstered booths, a cheerful server is setting down your soup or appetizer. Chances are, you won’t be finished by...

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Barbecue spot replaces East End pizza restaurant

Patrick Gaeta, left, and Michael Troyan are the

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There’s a new barbecue joint in town. North Fork Bacon & Smokehouse has opened in Wading River in the Sound Avenue storefront that used to house The Pizza Pie.

The new business is a collaboration between old friends Patrick Gaeta and Michael Troyan. Gaeta, a regular on the barbecue competition circuit, was also the force behind North Fork Bacon, an artisanal product that, for a few shining...

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Dining in Mineola: 5 picks

One wall of Heart of Portugal in Mineola

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Smack in the middle of Nassau County, Mineola offers a panoply of dining options. Keep this list handy next time you’re called for jury duty.


At this venerable Portuguese stronghold, the menu and the daily specials nodded in New- and Italian-American directions but focus on the gutsy cuisine of Portugal and you can’t go wrong:  Fat chourica sausage flambéed tableside,...

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MP Taverna disappoints in Roslyn

At MP Taverna, his bi-level gastro-pub in Roslyn,

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The MP in MP Taverna stands for Michael Psilakis, a leading American exponent of Greek cooking whose career has been dedicated to rescuing his culture’s culinary reputation from the depravations of diners and gyro shacks.

But at a recent dinner at his 3-year-old restaurant in Roslyn, the MP referred to Multiple Problems.

The place is as attractive as ever and, since only about half of...

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'Mad Men' and Don Draper's old fashioned: Finding the cocktail on LI

16. Don Draper: Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" portrait-in-black

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The mixology of "Mad Men" takes in the Gibson and the Gimlet, the Manhattan and the screwdriver, the whiskey sour and the Tom Collins.

But the drink you most often envision Don Draper making and downing is an Old Fashioned.

It's a classic cocktail, one that lent its name to a specific glass. The drink is traditionally made with rye, but now just as often with bourbon.

The "Mr....

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A World's Fair reverie

The classic Disney ride debuted at the 1964

April 21 will mark the golden anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

That's right: 50 years.

It will rekindle memories of seeing the Pieta, while moving along on a conveyor belt; standing in line to board the Ford "Magic Skyway" and GM's "Futurama"; first hearing Disney's "It's a Small World"; learning about "The Triumph of Man" via Travelers Insurance and dinosaurs courtesy...

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Nautilus Diner reopens in Massapequa; open 24 hours on weekends

Cobb salad at the reopened Nautilus Diner in

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When the Nautilus Diner in Massapequa closed in late 2010, it left a lot of regulars feeling bereft. “They were a mainstay with friendly staff, fabulous burgers and great grilled cheese at 2 in the morning,” a reader wrote back then.

Now, after a more than three-year hiatus, the newly remodeled diner has relaunched — under the same family ownership as before. The place stays open 24 hours...

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Bialy faith restored

Bialy with cream cheese at Bagels & Bialys

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It was time to get back on my bialy horse. A few weeks back I’d suffered a bad fall at Brendel’s Bagels in Hauppauge when I was served a big, puffy, soulless bialy that threatened my credo that there is no such thing as a bad bialy.

A few weeks before that I had stopped for breakfast at the Ruland Road Deli in Melville where the young man taking my order had never heard of a bialy. (The owner...

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