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Chicken soups that warm the soul

The aguadito -- chicken cilantro soup -- seen

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As the winds kick up and the air gets nippy, it’s hard to beat the comfort afforded by a steaming, satisfying bowl of chicken soup.

Here are four restaurants ready to serve you soups worth slurping.


This bright and hospitable Colombian spot serves a truly grand consommé grande ($4.95) — rich chicken soup rife with giblets, vegetables and chopped fresh cilantro....

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Iavarone anniversary features a very aged cheese

To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Iavarone Bros. in

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A cake would be too humdrum, so the Italian specialty market Iavarone Bros. is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Wantagh store by sampling a 12-year-old Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

“My importer says he’s been aging it,” said partner Joe Iavarone, “but it’s possible it just got lost in his warehouse in Italy.”

The cheese, produced by Bertinelli Gianni, will be “opened” at 3 p.m....

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Long Island restaurants: This week’s reviews

Roasted chicken with whipped potatoes and green beans

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews brook23 bar + kitchen, Lynbrook's new gastropub “devoted to craft beers on tap, fare that goes with brews, major TV sports and the perpetual pursuit of a good time.”  The high-decibel spot, he writes, “delivers almost everything the short-lived Village Square didn’t.”

Joan Reminick visits Huntington’s Stella Blue, “an eccentric new eatery...

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Reborn in St. James: Barbera Pasta e Vino

Prosciutto is an essential ingredient in the repertoire

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Those with memories of the St. James restaurant scene about a decade back may recall Barbera, a quiet, elegant little Italian spot that opened in 2001 and closed in 2005. Now, it's returned as Barbera Pasta e Vino, making its new home in the former digs of Istanbul Cafe.  

For the past nine years, said co-owner Barbara Manougian, she and her chef husband, Jon, were living in Florida,...

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Open in Farmingdale: Hush Bistro

"The Burger" at Hush Bistro in Farmingdale is

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Marc Anthony Bynum has come home. The Farmingdale-born chef, who has cooked all over Long Island, won Food Network’s Chopped (twice) and consulted in kitchens throughout the NYC metro area, has opened his own restaurant in his own hometown. Called Hush Bistro, it started serving farm-to-table fare Thursday, right on Main Street.

Bynum, named a Newsday all-star chef when he was running the...

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Bonefish Grill in Rockville Centre: First bites

Ceviche with warm tortilla chips served at Bonefish

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Sleek, contemporary good looks are one lure at the new Bonefish Grill in Rockville Centre. So, too, are valet parking and polished, professional service. True, the place is part of a huge national chain, one that’s already spawned another branch in Lake Grove. But this is, at least, a chain that’s figured out how to reel people in with the promise of gracious dining at moderate prices.

A recent...

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Morrison’s tavern burger, a mixed bag in Plainview

The "tavern burger" at Morrison's in Plainview is

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I’ve been eating a lot of burgers lately, with varying degrees of success. Oh, who am I kidding, with very little success. Overdone, over-bunned, underdone, tasteless, topped with unworthy salad fixin's, accompanied by frozen fries. I’ve yet to find one I can really get behind.

Last night’s “tavern burger” at Morrison’s in Plainview was better than most. The meat itself, which the menu says...

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Closed in Port Jefferson: Mesita Coastal Grill

Mesita Coastal Cantina, Port Jefferson: Serving frozen Margaritas,

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Well, that didn’t last long. Mesita Coastal Cantina opened in May and is now shuttered. The restaurant, in the Port Jefferson space that previously operated as  Tequila Jacks, was co-owned by Eric Goldberg and Matt McBride and specialized in frozen Margaritas, ceviche and tamales.

The space has been taken over by the owners of Brewology, the Speonk gastropub that opened in July. Roger...

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Open in West Babylon: AlaTurca Mediterranean Restaurant

AlaTurca Mediterranean Restaurant is new and mainly Turkish

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You'll find lunch, dinner and, believe it or not, breakfast at the new AlaTurca Mediterranean Restaurant on Rte. 109. The table-service restaurant serves a mostly Turkish repertoire in the former West Babylon digs of Classic American.

Owner Birnur Itil said that husband Akin Ay is executive chef - and comes from a family of chefs. Ay has also owned several full-service restaurants on the coast...

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First bites: Akebono Fusion Sushi in Huntington

Sushi platter at Akebono Sushi Fusion in Huntington

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Akebono Fusion Sushi, situated in the former Huntington digs of Azuma, doesn’t look all that different from its predecessor: a few wooden booths, some tables and a sushi bar within an oddly shaped freestanding building on Broadway Greenlawn.

On a recent dinner visit, sushi proved a strong suit, with a “fantasy” roll ($14.95) — spicy tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado and fresh jalapeño — working...

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