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Open: Spiaggia in Long Beach

Spiaggia Cucina Italiana is a new restaurant in

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The calamari are frying, the pasta is boiling, and the red sauce flowing in Long Beach.

Spiaggia, or, in full, Spiaggia Cucina Italiana, is open and accepting reservations. It's open seven days, starting at noon, in the space that formerly housed George Martin's Coastal Grill.

Expect antipasti such as those crisp squid fra diavolo, rice balls and mozzarella in carrozza; pastas including...

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Closed: Deli King in New Hyde Park

Deli King in New Hyde Park has closed,

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Deli King in New Hyde Park has gone to that big kreplach in the sky. In addition to overstuffed sandwiches, chicken-in-the-pot and other classics, the decades-old kosher-style delicatessen served some of Long Island’s best French fries.

Delis have been dropping like flies in the past year. We lost Andel’s in Roslyn Heights, Commack Kosher Meats in Commack and Delsen’s in Bay Shore.


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World cups: Sip Peru's pisco sour in Glen Cove

Rotisserie chicken at the Manka Peruvian Kitchen in

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While Brazil weeps in its collective caipirinha, you can stay festive with another South American cocktail, the pisco sour of Peru.

This taste of Peru is available at Manka, newly opened in Glen Cove. The Peruvian restaurant also provides an introduction to some of the most refined, eclectic fare from Latin America.

A pisco sour typically contains two ounces of pisco, the grape spirit...

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Open: Shuko Beach in Wainscott

Shuko Beach in Wainscott in July 2014.

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Long Island's insatiable appetite for sushi is being fed a bit more by a new Hamptonian.

Shuko Beach, a pop-up Asian restaurant specializing in chef's-choice dinners, has moved into the Montauk Highway address recently occupied by Highway Diner & Bar.

The sleek establishment is overseen by chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau, formerly  of Neta in Manhattan. Shuko NYC is expected to...

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Montauk "taste" of restaurants coming July 20

Soft corn tacos served at SWALLOW EAST in

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Montauk restaurants and caterers are set to show off their specialties on July 20 at the local Chamber of Commerce's second annual "taste of Montauk."

Tickets for the event are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. To buy tickets, contact the Montauk Chamber of Commerce at 631-668-2428; or purchase them online at www.montaukchamber.com

The tasting will be held at the Montauk Downs/ 360...

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Dan's Taste of Summer hits the Hamptons

Robert Irvine is host of the Food Network

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It's Long Island vs. Manhattan as eight local chefs fire up their grills on July 11 to take on their New York City counterparts. All 16 chefs are competing for the title of 2014 GrillHampton Champion as Robert Irvine, star of Food Network’s "Restaurant Impossible," plays host at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton.

Chefs including Tom Schaudel (A Mano), Victor Tapia (The Palm), and Arthur Wolf (Smokin...

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Smitty’s overreaches in Riverhead

Smitty's is the new restaurant at The All

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I don’t usually get excited when I see the words “bowling alley” and “restaurant” together, but news of Smitty’s All American Grill, the rebooted eatery inside the All Star in Riverhead, piqued my interest. With a large and ambitious menu of upscale dishes including truffle meatloaf with wild mushroom gravy and hake fillet with Banyuls gastrique, restaurateur Chris Smith and North Fork chef John...

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'A Love Shared' benefit for chef Gerry Hayden and ALS research

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of

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An "all-American BBQ feast" prepared by chefs who've cooked at The River Cafe will be held July 16 to raise funds for research on Lou Gehrig's disease and to assist chef Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, who has ALS.

The "A Love Shared" event will be held at The River Cafe in Brooklyn. Brad Steelman, Bill Telepan, Bryan Voltaggio, Joseph Realmuto of Nick & Toni's...

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Open: Greenport Harbor Brewing in Peconic

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

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Two years in the making, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company's new brewery in Peconic is open on the former site of Lucas Ford Trucks. And Long Island's biggest independent brewery will be celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, July 12.

There will be a $25 ticketed VIP session with complimentary beer from 3 to 4 p.m. (Click here for tickets.) From 4 to 8 p.m., the event is open to the public...

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U-shuck oysters pop up in Greenport

Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market in Greenport

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The North Fork is Long Island’s U-pick capital; now it boasts the Island’s first U-shuck. At Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market, you are supplied with a kit containing a few oyster knives and a knife-proof glove and offered instruction in the art of shucking oysters. “People are coming in with a range of experience,” said owner Ian Wile. “Some people take the kit and say ‘leave me alone.’ Others...

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