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Closed in Commack: Main Catch

Main Catch in Commack

Main Catch, a seafood restaurant on Jericho Turnpike in Commack, has closed. The place opened in 2012 in the former digs of Southside Fish & Clam Restaurant and operated under the same ownership as the long-standing Southside Fish & Clam in Lindenhurst.

Main Catch received a one-star review from Newsday’s Peter M. Gianotti, who liked its sushi bar offerings and recommended some of...

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Closed in Merrick: Surf ’n Turf Mediterranean Grill

A shrimp and chicken kebab dish at Surf

(Credit: Newsday Photo / Robert Mecea)

Surf ’n Turf Mediterranean Grill has closed. The restaurant — whose menu was a combination of Turkish, Greek and American cuisines — was sold more than a year ago by owner Al Avci (who currently is the owner of Prime Catch in Rockville Centre). Surf ’n Turf continued under new owners, but now the windows are papered over, the website kaput....

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Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport gets surprise makeover

Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport got a Food

(Credit: Tim's Shipwreck Diner)

Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport, featured in a pivotal scene in the 1997 film “In and Out,” is getting another star turn. While owner Tim Hess was away in Montauk, Food Network engineered a makeover for an upcoming series called "American Diner Revival." Work began on Thursday, Aug. 14.

When Hess returned on Monday, he was flabbergasted. “There was a fire truck out in front,” he said, adding...

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Tony Colombos in Rockville Centre: First bites

Rice balls filled with beef ragu and peas

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

Tony Colombos, full of good feeling and Italian-American favorites, is the newest entry in Long Island's most-competitive cuisine.

The restaurant, on the former site of Cielo, keeps the red sauce flowing and makes some tasty additions to the familiar repertoire. You'll like it.

Try the rice balls, filled with beef ragu and sweet peas, set on tomato sauce. Sample the fennel salad, updated...

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Sesame noodles at Din Din in Syosset

Cold sesame noodles are one of the starters

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

I was overcome with a yen for cold sesame noodles and, in the dim recesses of my brain, I recalled having a good experience at one of the incarnations of the Chinese restaurant that sits at 6600 Jericho Tpke. in Syosset. Was it way back when it was Empire Szechuan Gourmet? Or was it at one of ESG’s successors: Tao, Dao or Ao? Since May the restaurant has been rechristened Din Din, and that’s where...

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Joe's Garage and Grill setting up winery food stand

Tokyo Drift sliders (pictured), steamed Asian buns, enfolding

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Every Saturday and Sunday through the fall, Joe’s Garage and Grill of Riverhead (recently named one of Newsday's top 10 gastropubs and top 100 restaurants)  will have a food stand set up outside the tasting room of Macari Vineyards in Cutchogue. Weather permitting, of course. (Macari Vineyards was recently named the state's "winery of the year" at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic).

While...

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Open in Hewlett: Istanbul Grill & Bar

Adana kebab is one of many Turkish specialties

(Credit: Istanbul Grill and Bar)

Istanbul Grill & Bar is serving hummus, falafel and shish kebab in the Hewlett space that formerly hosted Mermaid.

According to owner Aydener Aykanat, the place has a liquor license and also offers local delivery. In charge of the kitchen is chef Yasar Ilik, who formerly cooked at Chicken Kebab in Roslyn Heights.

Here's some items from the menu: Babaganoush, or eggplant salad ($6.75),...

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Texas Taco in Sayville: Soggy saga

Fire Island tacos, made with shrimp, salsa, cabbage

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Texas Taco opened earlier this summer in Sayville, serving a Tex-Cal-Mex assortment of tortilla-based dishes: tacos, nachos, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, wraps and taco salads.

On a recent visit, I ordered the Fire Island tacos ($9.95) from the “specialty trio taco” menu and was presented with a very pretty troika of soft-corn tortillas, each cradling cabbage slaw, salsa, shrimp and chipotle...

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Top 10 BBQ joint loses pitmaster

Pitmaster Will Breakstone (pictured, on April 19, 2014,

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

Will Breakstone, the competition champ pitmaster known as Willie B, has parted ways with South Shore BBQ Company in Patchogue, which opened back in March. The restaurant made Newsday's Top 100 list in the category of barbecue restaurants.

Current pitmaster Brian Chichester said he came on board in May and that he worked with Breakstone. Previously, Chichester was smoking ribs and brisket at...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Classic spaghetti carbonara is rich and satisfying at

(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick reviews Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Garden City’s Gallery at Westbury Plaza. A wide selection of wines (by the bottle, glass and even a few on tap) is accompanied by a small-plates menu ranging from cheese and cured meats to pizzas, “compelling” bruschettas, pastas and salads and “tender, delectable grilled marinated lamb chops.”

Peter M....

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