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Cheesecake Factory opens in Bay Shore

The Cheesecake Factory chain has opened a restaurant

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The Cheesecake Factory has opened its fourth Long Island location at Westfield South Shore Mall in Bay Shore. (The other three are at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington, The Mall at The Source in Westbury and Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove.)

The national chain is known not only for its eponymous cheesecakes, but for an eclectic, crowd-pleasing menu of generally high-caliber dishes that include...

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Tony Roma's to open in Commack

Tony's Roma's in Commack opens Dec. 11.

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Tony Roma's is giving Long Island a ribbing.

The casual-dining chain opens a branch in Commack on Dec. 11. There are other Tony Roma's restaurants in Bayside and in Brooklyn. The Commack establishment is at 2 Henry St., in the Cosentino Commerce Center. More than two decades ago, there was a Tony Roma's in Syosset.

Specialties at Tony Roma's include baby back ribs, St. Louis ribs, beef...

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Tom Colicchio exits Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton

Tom Colicchio stands outside Topping Rose House on

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Tom Colicchio has checked out of Topping Rose House.

The celebrity chef and host of TV's "Top Chef" will formally split in January with the locavore Bridgehampton restaurant and luxury hotel he helped launch.

Colicchio and owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell "mutually agreed to part ways amicably," a spokeswoman for the restaurant said. She added that except for Colicchio's departure,...

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New finds at Bosphorus Cafe Grill, Port Washington

A ring-shaped simit is served with tahin pekmez,

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When you’ve enjoyed a meal at a restaurant, it’s tempting to order the same dishes the next time you dine there. In fact, I recently returned to Bosphorus Cafe Grill in Port Washington for the express purpose of reliving such happy memories as the startling puffy lavas bread and the crispy-gooey-nutty-aromatic kunefe dessert. But in between those two dishes were some new ones.

In addition...

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Long Island restaurants with spicy fare to heat up a cold day

The tandoori duck breast at Southern Spice in

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One way to keep warm this watery and windy day is to indulge in foods that are highly spiced. Word has it that there are also health benefits to turning up the heat when you eat.

Here are three Asian restaurants with a knack for setting your mouth to throbbing. For many, that kind of pain amounts to the greatest of pleasure.

NEW CHILLI & CURRY RESTAURANT

At this popular nexus...

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Closed: JW's Public House in Glen Head

VIntage black-and-white photos that evoke waterside activities decorate

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JW's Public House, a seafood restaurant in Glen Head, has closed.

Owners Mary and Bill Terzi cited requirements and demands by the landlord and Nassau County for shutting the doors. They would have limited the restaurant to 34 seats. The limit made closing necessary. "We have no choice," the owners said in a message on the establishment's Facebook page.

JW's Public House opened last...

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Feast of the Seven Fishes at Spuntino Wine Bar

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas will host

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The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a time-honored tradition for Italian-Americans on Christmas Eve, is the inspiration for a six-course prix fixe dinner offered Dec. 10 to Dec. 24 at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in The Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City.

The menu, at $45 per person — or $65 with wine pairings — includes branzino crudo, house-cured salmon bruschetta, Manila clams,...

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iPad dinner at Porto Vivo in Huntington

Fillet of Branzino with roasted tomatoes at Porto

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Luddites take note:You will need to pick out your dinner by touching a picture with your pointer finger at Porto Vivo in Huntington, where all ordering is done on individual iPads presented to diners in lieu of paper menus.

“It lets the customers see beautiful pictures of the food, especially the desserts,’’ said general manager Ben Laiacona. And it allows wine selections to be updated often,...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Baked clams are capped with house-made bread crumbs

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick visits Riella’s Homestyle in Levittown, where the house-made crescent rolls say it all: “They're fragrant and chewy, served warm from the pizza oven, paired with a bright marinara dipping sauce. Early on, the message comes across: Chef Jimmy Giaccone's kitchen cares.”

Peter M. Gianotti goes to The Arden, a club-like dining spot in Port Jefferson. “You've...

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Ichiban Sushi replaces Tai Show East in Oakdale

Yellowtail jalapeno at the new Ichiban in Oakdale

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It’s a familiar scenario on Long Island: One Japanese restaurant closes, another rises in its place. This time, it’s happened in Oakdale, where  Ichiban Sushi has opened in the former digs of Tai Show on Montauk Highway. (Other Tai Show restaurants — in Massapequa, Levittown and East Setauket — remain open.)

“We’ve changed the decor; it’s a lot warmer now,” said general manager Paul Su,...

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