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Open in Southampton: Saaz

The dining room at Saaz restaurant in Southampton,

(Credit: Saaz)

The aromas and flavors of India are inviting you to Southampton.

Saaz, an Indian restaurant and the offspring of The Curry Club in East Setauket, arrived earlier this week on County Road 39, at the quick-turning address most recently occupied by Spiro's.

The new restaurant features a $15 lunch buffet. On weekends, it's $16. At dinner, you'll find an array of curries, from plain to fired-up...

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Closed in St. James: The New York Stuffed Cone Co.

The stuffings, from sprinkles to peanut butter cups,

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

One of Long Island’s most imaginative ice-cream parlors has closed. The New York Stuffed Cone Co. in St. James was dedicated to owner Dave Saracino’s vision of a world of ice cream cones not just topped with sprinkles—or nuts or bits of candy—but where the toppings were layered along with the ice cream right inside the cone.

Apparently it was a vision too beautiful to live. The shop closed...

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Wine-chocolate pairing at Chip’n Dipped, Huntington

Chip 'n Dipped sells a variety of chocolates,

(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

On July 20, Chip ’n Dipped, the Huntington Village bakery-chocolatier-coffee shop, will be serving up beverages a wee bit stronger than coffee. Owner Peter Goldfarb has cooked up a chocolate and wine tasting event, pairing his own handmade chocolates with North Fork wines from Martha Clara Vineyards (sauvignon blanc, riesling, Northville Red), Duckwalk Vineyards (Blueberry Port, Windmill White and...

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Open in St. James: Azafrán Colombian Restaurant

Azafran Colombian Restaurant is a new addition to

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

The rotisseries are spinning at the new Azafrán Colombian Restaurant, which recently opened in the St. James strip mall space that’s hosted a string of predecessors — the short-lived Sweet Tomato Brick Oven Pizza & Grill and almost-as-fleeting Attilio’s Grill; before that was the long-standing Bella Vita City Grill.

Chef-owner Israel Bustos previously cooked at Pollos Mario in Queens....

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Open in Port Washington: Bosphorus Café Grill

At Bosphorus Cafe Grill, a new Turkish restaurant

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

A new Turkish restaurant has opened in the Manor Haven section of Port Washington. Bosphorus Café Grill, named for the strait that runs through Istanbul and separates Asia from Europe, takes over the location that, for a few months in 2012, was another Turkish restaurant called Port Mix Grill Kebab (and, was before that, La Bottega).

The extensive menu includes a wide swath of Turkish cooking,...

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New Gurney's in Montauk: First bites

Tuna tartare tacos with soy-sauce "pearls" are served

(Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti)

The checks still refer to The Sea Grille and Cafe Monte. But, except for the ocean view and the resort's footprint, they're all that remain of the decades-old dining experience at Gurney's Inn.

Actually, Gurney's Inn is history, too. Under new ownership, it's officially known as Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. Nautical kitsch has gone overboard in favor of a sleek, contemporary...

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Closed in Sea Cliff: Grimaldi's

Grimaldi's in Sea Cliff has closed, July 2014.

(Credit: Jessica Damiano / Newsday)

Grimaldi’s on Glen Cove Avenue in Sea Cliff has closed.

The coal-oven pizzeria, which opened earlier this year, was a franchise operation owned by Mike Napoli. Grimaldi’s in Garden City is still open, as is the flagship Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge and other Grimaldi's in New York City and New Jersey.

Correction  An earlier version incorrectly connected the Sea Cliff franchise...

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Closed in Hicksville: Taste of Madras

Taste of Madras, a Southern Indian restaurant, had

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

Taste of Madras, which opened in May 2013 in the former Hicksville digs of Curry Club, has closed. The restaurant served the cuisine of Southern India.

Two vegetarian Southern Indian restaurants are located just down Broadway: Chennai Dosas at 128 Broadway, and House of Dosas at 416 S. Broadway. Also recommended (and this one serves meat) is Southern Spice Chettinad Cuisine in New Hyde Park....

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Bastille Day: A tricolor of choices

Almond's dining room features a grand tin ceiling,

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

On July 14, 1789, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille.

You can attack a plate of escargots.

French restaurants are few in Nassau and Suffolk, so you might feel a bit revolutionary visiting one.  Here are three very good spots to join in the day's festivities.

Brasserie Cassis in Plainview is a big, buoyant, artfully appointed restaurant. It's situated in a shopping...

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Marble and Besito debut new summer cocktails

Besito offers three new summer cocktails based on

(Credit: Besito)

So, the Germany vs. Argentina World Cup match doesn't thrill you as much as it should.

And you're down about both Masahiro Tanaka's elbow and Noah Syndergaard's timetable to reach Citi Field.

Maybe a summer cocktail will help.

Marble Modern American Steakhouse in Floral Park and Besito in Huntington and Roslyn have concocted new ones.

Marble has added the "sweet corn sour,"...

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