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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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Closed in Huntington: Buoy One

Buoy One in Huntington.

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Buoy One on Main Street in Huntington has closed. The offshoot of a Riverhead restaurant, which also has a Westhampton branch, opened last spring but didn't quite make it to a year.

The restaurant got 1-1/2 stars in an August 2013 Newsday review that observed “it’s fully possible to get a great meal. Or a mediocre one.” There was praise for a clam chowder “more brothy than creamy, filled with...

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Sur opens in former Huntington Canterbury Ales space

This is the dining room of Sur, in

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Sur, an Argentine-style steakhouse, has opened in Huntington at the site that housed Canterbury Ales for decades.

The new restaurant is the offspring of Tango Argentinian Steakhouse in Central Islip. The co-owners are Nicolas Kalaitzis, Osvaldo Sanchez, and Juan Reartes, who's also the chef.

Kalaitzis said they planned to bring to Huntington the more popular courses served in Central...

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Valentine weekend specials at Besito in Huntington, Roslyn

Besito is a Mexican restaurant in Huntington and

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Besito is extending the Dia de San Valentin festivities for a full weekend, Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, at its restaurants in Huntington and Roslyn.

Strawberry margaritas, made with tequila, Cointreau and fresh muddled strawberries, will help fuel the fireworks. There also will be half-price pitchers of sangria at Sunday brunch, along with chocolate-caramel flan.

In Huntington, specials include...

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Open in Huntington: Cilantro Mexican Inspired Food

Sloppy tacos are a special at Cilantro Huntington,

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A new branch of the Northport-based Cilantro Mexican Inspired Food is now composing tacos, burritos, fajitas and salads in the Huntington space last occupied by Wild Rocket.

Lots has changed since the original Cilantro opened last year, according to  owner Artie Burke, who collaborated with chef Christian Velasco on the current menu at both places, now equipped with convection ovens.


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Open in Huntington: Massa's pizzeria

In Huntington, Massa's Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria

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After many delays, Massa’s Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria has opened in the Huntington space (fronting a municipal parking lot) that last hosted Guido’s.

Pizzaiolo Bill Massa, whose family owns the restaurant, had already attracted a following at his former pizza spot on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station (now operating as Monaco's Coal-Fired Pizza), which he sold in 2009.

Here in...

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Closed in Huntington: BlonDee's Bistro

BlonDee's Bistro in Huntington has closed.

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BlonDee’s Bistro & Bar in Huntington has closed.

The place was launched back in 2012 as Two Blondes and a Stove, serving only breakfast and lunch.  A split between partners led to a new name, BlonDee’s Bistro, with Dena Fenza the sole blonde behind the business.

During its short life, BlonDee's added a dinner repertoire of small plates, underwent a televised management “makeover”...

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Open in Huntington Station: Pollo Campero

Pollo Campero has opened a branch in Huntington

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Huntington Station just got its own branch of Pollo Campero, an international Latin chicken chain that originated in Guatemala, with U.S. corporate headquarters in Dallas. Other Long Island locations include Hempstead and Bay Shore.

The signature item at this counter-serve spot is marinated fried chicken ($7.19 for three pieces with a side dish and tortillas or a dinner roll), but you can...

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