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Suozzi restaurant reopens in Glen Cove

Chef Phil Morizio and Stella Cocchiola, a member

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Stango's at the Orchard in Glen Cove, which went on a brief hiatus this winter, has reopened. What's known to be Long Island's oldest Italian restaurant has a new chef, a new look and a new menu (with higher prices). The place is still owned by a group of investors headed by political couple Helene and Tom Suozzi.

In charge of the kitchen now is Phil Morizio, whose 20-year-old Oyster Bay restaurant,...

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Closed in Merrick: Nicholas James Bistro

Nicholas James Bistro in Merrick. (July 9, 2010)

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Nicholas James Bistro, the popular, upbeat New American restaurant in Merrick, has closed.

The closing stems from a dispute over lease renewal.

Chef Kevin Liebov of Nicholas James currently is cooking at The Savoy Tavern, also in Merrick, according to Charles Liebov, his father and a partner in the shuttered bistro. 

Kevin Liebov said the kitchen staff from Nicholas James...

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Open in Riverhead: Joe's Garage and Grill

The new Joe's Garage and Grill in Riverhead

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Vroom, vroom. Joe’s Garage and Grill is now running on a full tank in Riverhead. The new race car-themed dining spot, which also has a music scene, faces onto the municipal lot off Peconic Avenue. True to its name, it’s equipped with garage doors, which open to outdoor seating in view of the Peconic River.

Inside, the place is decorated with racing memorabilia from NASCAR and Riverhead Raceway....

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Closed in Port Jefferson: Pace's Steak House

Pace's Steakhouse was in downtown Port Jefferson, Jan.

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Pace’s Steakhouse on Wynn Lane in Port Jefferson has served its final filet mignon and Porterhouse. The offshoot of the original Hauppauge restaurant opened in 2001.

Co-owner James Pace said that he and his brother, Rinaldo, sold their lease and equipment and are concentrating on their other restaurants. For James, that means Pace’s Steak House in Hauppauge and its wine bar spinoff next door,...

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P.J. Clarke’s in, Majors Steakhouse out in Woodbury

This March 8, 2012, photo shows the bar

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P.J. Clarke's, the historic Manhattan bar and grill, will be opening a location in Woodbury, in the Jericho Turnpike building that has housed the popular and reasonably priced Majors Steakhouse since 1994. Majors' lease is up at the end of May.

The distinctive, wood-paneled building is owned by Richard Monti, who also owns the adjacent Crest Hollow Country Club. "When the lease came up," he...

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Dining in Sayville: 5 picks

Braised pork belly with corn pudding and pickled

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Whether you’re strolling through the downtown area or headed for the Fire Island Ferry, Sayville’s varied dining scene offers no shortage of enticements. Here are five possibilities:

BISTRO 25, 45 Foster Ave., 631-589-7775

The draw at this big, bustling bistro is chef Brian Shuren’s high-caliber cooking at surprisingly moderate prices. Get into the braised pork belly over corn pudding,...

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White House pastry chef departs

White House pastry chef Bill Yosses explains his

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Bill Yosses came into the White House in 2007 as the sovereign of souffles. He's leaving soon to teach people about healthy eating.

Yosses returns to New York, where he pursued la dolce vita at Montrachet and Bouley, after a stint that covered the last years of the second Bush administration and the first six of the Obama presidency.

First lady Michelle Obama's emphasis on healthful...

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Gerry Hayden named Beard award finalist

Gerry Hayden is head chef and co-owner of

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Gerry Hayden of The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold is a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for best chef in the Northeast for the third consecutive year.

No Long Island chef has ever won the award.

This year, Hayden's competition includes Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa in Boston, Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston, Matt Jennings of Farmstead Inc. in Providence,...

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EvenFlow rocks and rolls out wings

Gavin Mead, left, and Paul Cappellino both from

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 EvenFlow Bar and Grill in Bay Shore is at its core a rock pub, hosting lots of heavy metal concerts and other sorts of hard-charging live events – but it takes its wings just as seriously.

On its menu are over 30 wing flavors, such as peanut butter and jelly, chocolate chipotle raspberry, maple bacon whiskey and spicy orange marmalade.

For dining purposes, it’s probably best to...

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Open in Stony Brook: Latitude 121 Coastal Grill

The lobster thermidor pot pie at Latitude 121

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Latitude 121 Coastal Grill has taken over the Stony Brook Village space that, for years, hosted the Brook House. The restaurant, which shares ownership with The Oar in Patchogue, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Co-owner Lindsey Chalifoux said that in keeping with the site’s former identity, it also functions as an ice-cream parlor.

Helming the kitchen is James Cavorti, who cooked at George...

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