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Dining Review: Southside

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By Jaime Franchi 5 Third Avenue, Bay Shore, NY | 631-665-9596 Southside Restaurant is a Bay Shore staple – and has been since the Prohibition era. This off the beaten path eatery can be found on Third Avenue, just off Main Street. At the bar you’ll find Jacinta, the “fabric” not only of Southside, but of the community, according to … Full Story

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Dining Review: Salt & Barrel

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By Lorna Luniewski 61 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-647-8818 saltandbarrel.com March 2016 marked the opening of Salt & Barrel Oyster and Craft Cocktail Bar in Bay Shore but the tradition of serving good food dates to 1937, and the Flynn family roots on Fire Island. Morgan Flynn greeted us at the door on a recent Thursday night and … Full Story

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Dining Review: Pines Bistro and Martini Bar

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By Shoshanna McCollum 36 Fire Island Blvd. Fire Island Pines, NY 631-597-6862 Reservations can also be made online at https://pinesfi.com The textbook definition of bistro is “a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting.” While this may sound incongruous for the Pines, or anywhere on Fire Island, our experience at this much-fabled location largely holds true. … Full Story

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DINING REVIEW: Kismet Inn

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By Kirsten Corssen THE WESTERNMOST FIRE Island community of Kismet was founded in 1925. The Kismet Inn followed, along with building the marina and first walkways. Time and history resonates from the wainscot walls. It’s still standing after harsh winters and summer storms. A huge part of this legacy is to the credit of Larry Cole and his family. The Kismet … Full Story

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DINING GUIDE: Beach Casual Dining at the Pines Canteen

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By Bruce-Michael Gelbert ON A RECENT EVENING, my spouse Joe and I, assisted by our comely server David, put together a hearty meal of the chicken BLT wrap, soft shell seared tuna tacos, with a brown rice bowl and arugula salad as sides. We dined outdoors on the deck, a fine perch for Harbor Walk people watching, with the beautiful harbor … Full Story

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Dining Review: Hideaway Homecoming

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By Shoshanna McCollum HOUSER’S HIDEAWAY has been reincarnated many times over the decades. Yes, it was established in 1921, the year Ocean Beach became an incorporated village, and there really was a Mrs. Houser. She bequeathed the business to her foster son, Lowell Judson Smith. Through the 1940s and ‘50s, it was strictly an American Plan resort dining room for … Full Story

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DINING REVIEW: Michael’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

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By Kirsten Corssen EVERYBODY KNOWS New York has hands down the best pizza you can get, with the exception of Italy (that’s still debatable). Long Island pizza is every bit as superb as New York City, sometimes even better depending upon the establishment. Michael’s Ristorante & Pizzeria is one shining example. Proprietor Michael Miller first opened his doors in the … Full Story

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Surf’s Out…Come on In

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by Carrie Ann Salvi BAKED, BROILED, SAUTEED, rolled up or on the half shell, Surf’s Out “has the most delicious and upscale food on the island” proclaimed Matthew ?Barbara, one of its owners, on one of the first weekends their doors opened to stunning views of the bay and the ?Kismet ferry dock this season. It’s not ?just the owner … Full Story

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Maguire’s – A Classic Revisited

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By Shoshanna McCollum GENERATIONS AGO Maguire’s Bayfront Restaurant was home to the Ocean Beach Yacht Club. Offering unrivaled views of the Great South Bay on their vast back deck, there is no mystery to why it is one of the oldest continually operated dining establishments on Fire Island. It is at once seeped in tradition, but at the same time … Full Story

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VERDE KITCHEN: “Best. Tacos. Ever.”

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by Timothy Bolger IN THE RUSTIC DINING ROOM doubling as a greenhouse at Verde, an upscale casual Mexican restaurant in downtown Bay Shore, the chef picks herbs, peppers and garnishes growing within arms-length of patrons. The food’s that fresh. In fact, the restaurant’s commitment to using only the freshest ingredients is matched only by the authenticity of the cuisine they … Full Story