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IMC in Huntington: First bites

Lobster sliders are served at Imperial Meat Company

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IMC stands for Imperial Meat Company. The newcomer is downtown Huntington's boisterous, clubby, glitzy nightspot and protein provider.

You'll spot some signage to underscore IMC's image. "Rock 'n roll all night ... and party ... every day.' There are floor windows with lighting so you may be sure IMC offers enough Cavit. That contrasts a bit with a Warholian graphic colorfully boosting Dom...

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J. Michaels of Northport may relocate to Huntington

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

(Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick)

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse may relocate to downtown Huntington.

The original J. Michaels in Northport remains closed due, in part, to unresolved financial issues.

Co-owner Vincent P. Michaels said "the goal" is to relocate the steakhouse to the former site of Huntington Social on New York Avenue in downtown Huntington, perhaps as early as next month.

A small-plates, Italian...

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Whiskey-theme dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

(Credit: Doug Young)

Whiskey is the beverage to be served at a Dec. 3 dinner at Vitae in Huntington.

The guest speaker, Javier Morcelo, is a whiskey expert from Michter's Distillery. The cost of executive chef Steven Del Lima's four-course dinner, with a Michter's whiskey accompanying each course, is $90, plus tax and tip. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

On the menu: orange-caramel BBQ glazed "pork wings" with cabbage,...

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110 Japan in Huntington Station: First bites

Fluke tiradito is served at 110 Japan in

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Shoppers, unite. Partyers, get together. And you, the one who just likes sushi, come over, too.

110 Japan, the sprawling successor to East Buffet and Best Buffet opposite Walt Whitman Shops, arrives just in time for the holiday season. More important, the food is good.

Fancified, illuminated and dressed to impress, the big restaurant has a something-for-everyone approach and menu. The...

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J. Michaels in Oyster Bay closed permanently

The bone-in rib-eye at J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse

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Plans to reopen J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Oyster Bay have been shelved. The restaurant has closed permanently.

Former co-owner and chef Vincent P. Michaels said the expected makeover, turning the Oyster Bay spot into an Italian restaurant, won't happen. The future of the site, best remembered for the Mill River Inn, is uncertain.

The original J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse is open...

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Day-of-the-Dead specials at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito in Huntington

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The two Besito Mexican restaurants will celebrate the Day of the Dead with specials on the plate and special effects, too. And they'll do it for two days.

The Huntington and Roslyn spots plan to offer ceviche de jaiba, or citrus-marinated jumbo lump crab with jalapenos, garnished with tortillas and plantain chips; and enchilada de res, soft corn tortillas packed with braised short rib in chipotle-cream...

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Kashi in Syosset: First bites

A toro, or fatty tuna, tasting is among

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Kashi Sushi Lounge in Syosset is the third Kashi to open on Long Island, and it's the showiest yet.

Maybe the crystal chandeliers do it, long and shimmering from the two-story ceiling. Or it could be the waterfall cascading down an artfully marine wall behind the sushi bar. Perhaps it's the food, too.

This glittery Kashi is serious about a certain style. But the Japanese, Asian-fusion,...

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National Guacamole Day at Besito

Guacamole is prepared table-side at Besito.

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When National Guacamole Day and Mexican Independence Day come together, you can be sure Long Island's two Besito restaurants will be ready.

This happens on Tuesday, Sept.16. To contribute to the festivities, Besito in Huntington and in Roslyn has added two specials to the menu, along with a complimentary Roca Patron tequila tasting from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lobster guacamole is one dish, enriching...

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Kashi open in Syosset

The Syosset branch of Kashi Japanese restaurant is

(Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Glittery and colorful, the new branch of Kashi is open in Syosset.

It's the third Kashi Japanese restaurant on Long Island. The others are in Huntington and Rockville Centre.

In full, this one is called Kashi Sushi Lounge. But, in addition to traditional sushi, sashimi and more than 50 sushi rolls, it offers plenty of the cooked fare and east-west combinations that also define the franchise.

At...

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Vitae in Huntington hosts Spanish wine dinner

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

(Credit: Doug Young)

Spanish wines will highlight a dinner at Vitae in Huntington on Aug. 20.

The cost of the Wednesday night wine-pairing dinner is $75 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Chef Keith Davidson's menu included a Spanish-style seafood salad, matched with the 2012 Protocolo Bianco; roast suckling pig, with the 2009 Sierra Cantabria Crianza; and sirloin steak...

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