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Cinque Terre in Huntington Station: First bites

Cinque Terre in Huntington Station serves a fritto

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Cinque Terre, the long-awaited restaurant now in the former home of Panama Hatties, is a warm, traditional addition to Long Island's ever-growing number of Italian spots.

It's decorated with evocative photos of the Cinque Terre, five towns that cling to the dramatic coastline between Genoa and Pisa. But this Cinque Terre is more generally Italian than specifically Ligurian.

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Acacia in Huntington has new lunch choices

The dining room is busy and energetic at

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Acacia, one of downtown Huntington's newer destinations, has expanded its lunch menu, which is offered Thursdays to Sundays.

Just added are main course salads such as seared, peppercorn-crusted tuna with soba noodles ($16); a Cobb salad ($12); and a Caesar salad with grilled chicken ($14).

New sandwich choices: grilled cheese with Brie, arugula, red onion, Granny Smith apple, and caramelized...

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Black & Blue reopening in Huntington after fire

Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse will welcome July with good news: It's reopening

The downtown Huntington restaurant has been closed for six weeks following a kitchen fire, which started in the ductwork. There were no injuries from the May 17 blaze.  In addition to the kitchen, the dining area has been renovated.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. on July 1.

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Napa Valley wine dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Napa Valley wines will be paired with chef Keith Davidson's fare at a dinner on June 25 at Vitae restaurant in Huntington.

The dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required.

Matches include shrimp-and-grapefruit noodle salad with a Beringer chardonnay; roast pork loin with mushrooms and plum chutney with an Etude pinot noir; tamarind-glazed strip steak with a...

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Swallow in Huntington adds 64 seats

Angus beef sliders at Swallow in Huntington.

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Swallow has gobbled up the space next door.

The New American, small-plates specialist in downtown Huntington has completed its expansion into the adjoining space, formerly a vintage clothing store. The restaurant now includes 20 seats and a full bar in the original dining area, as well as 64 in the new one, said general manager David Malinowski.

Swallow, which opened in 2010, also operates...

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Mother's Day: 10 dining choices

Perfecto Mundo (or Perfect World) in Commack specializes

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Mother's Day is one of the busiest at restaurants. Here are 10 possibilities, just in case you haven't decided yet.

JONATHAN'S RISTORANTE, 15 Wall St., Huntington; 631-549-0055

Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at $30 per person; $16 for children younger than 10. Choices range from waffles with blueberries to shrimp scampi-style, frittata primavera with goat cheese to pumpkin...

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Coming soon: Kashi in Syosset

Kashi plans to open a new branch in

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Expect a new entry in Long Island's sushi wars.

Kashi, which has highly rated restaurants in Huntington and Rockville Centre, is expected to open a third branch in Syosset. Construction is under way at the site on the north side of  Jericho Turnpike, situated opposite Chris & Tony's restaurant, which is located at 352 Jericho Tpke.

The opening is expected in summer.

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'Mad Men' and Don Draper's old fashioned: Finding the cocktail on LI

16. Don Draper: Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" portrait-in-black

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The mixology of "Mad Men" takes in the Gibson and the Gimlet, the Manhattan and the screwdriver, the whiskey sour and the Tom Collins.

But the drink you most often envision Don Draper making and downing is an Old Fashioned.

It's a classic cocktail, one that lent its name to a specific glass. The drink is traditionally made with rye, but now just as often with bourbon.

The "Mr....

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Irish-whiskey dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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You can get a head start on St. Patrick's Day celebrations at an Irish-whiskey themed dinner set for March 12 at Vitae in Huntington.

 Irish-whiskey expert Sean Brown will be the guest speaker.

Chef Keith Davidson's pairings include Paddy's Whiskey with black-pepper shrimp; Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel with smoked pork tenderloin; Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve with...

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Steep wine deals at Prime in Huntington, Tellers in Islip

PRIME, Huntington: Prime is a high-style, waterside restaurant

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Half-price discounts on some major bottles highlight the "winter wine tour" at Prime in Huntington and Tellers: An American Chophouse in Islip from March 11 to 16.

The restaurants also will offer a $50 prix fixe menu during the vinous week.

The Prime menu includes main dishes such as filet mignon, Scottish salmon, pan-roasted chicken and pan-seared Long Island duck breast. At Tellers,...

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