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Originally Posted: August 14, 2010

New menus and drinks offered from area restaurants. (littlefrenchcottage.com)

Long Island Restaurant News
To satisfy the growing demand for online news and to fill a niche in the Long Island market, DishingonDining.com will be rebranded as Long Island Restaurant News (LIRN). The new website will offer the same information as DishingonDining.com with brand new features including a restaurant directory, a local restaurant weeks page, "Products We Like" section featuring items for the home chef, and a search function for easy navigation. Long Island Restaurant News uses social media as well to get their messages out and heard including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. LIRN is dedicated to the region's dining scene east of New York City. LIRN reports on top dining destinations across the 118-mile region from the Five Towns and the Gold Coast to the North Fork and the Hamptons. Readers are from both sides of the table. Discriminating diners and restaurant insiders can find the latest on openings and seasonal menus, deals and restaurant weeks, top chef's whereabouts and celebrity hang-outs, and places to go for a special night out or a family outing. Search for a restaurant by name, cuisine or town and shop for foodie must-haves.

Fifth Annual "Long Island Restaurant Week"
Sign up has begun for the Fifth Annual Long Island Restaurant Week (www.longislandrestaurantweek.com) slated for Sunday, November 7 through Sunday, November 14. The eight-day-long promotion features a special prix fixe dinner offered by all restaurant participants. The idea is simple - for eight days, Sunday to Sunday, all participating restaurants offer a three-course prix fixe for $24.95 all night, except Saturday when it will be offered only until 7 p.m. Each restaurant offers their own unique menu.

The inspiration for this event first came from the successful "New York Restaurant Week" that runs annually in Manhattan every January and is modeled after the über successful Hamptons Restaurant Week. The Third Annual Long Island Restaurant Week attained impressive numbers with an estimated $7,057,056 in total restaurant revenue with New York State taking in an estimated $386,825 in tax dollars. According to preliminary results from post-event surveys, participating restaurants served an estimated total of 182,400 meals. Some restaurants also decided to extend the promotion for another week. Organized by WordHampton Public Relations, Long Island Restaurant Week is designed to garner positive publicity and additional business for Long Island restaurants. To participate, go to www.longislandrestaurantweek.com and click on 'Business Sign Up." There is a $395 participation fee. There is no deadline to participate, but it is best to sign on by Saturday, September 19 to ensure media placement in all advertisements.

Stonewalls Restaurant
Stonewalls Restaurant (967 Reeves Avenue, Riverhead, 631-506-0777, ext. 4, www.stonewalls-restaurant.com) will host a special French buffet with dancing on the patio on Friday, August 27. Guests may enjoy a classic French meal in addition to dancing to the music of France. Starting at 6 p.m., the buffet will be offered until 7 p.m. and the DJ will spin until 10 p.m. The cost of the event is $55 per person, all-inclusive. Reservations are recommended and limited.

Phao (29 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631-725-0101) offer nightlife: Project Vibe: Friday, August 27 from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; DJ Cana: Satuday, August 28 from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; DJ Doogie: Sunday, August 29 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Every Wednesday from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Phao offers "Employee Night" with drink specials and a DJ. Drink specials include top-shelf mixed drinks $9; domestic and imported beer $5; and weekly shot specials $5. DJ Chile will be spinning tunes each week.

Georgica Restaurant & Lounge
Georgica Restaurant & Lounge (108 Wainscott Stone Road, East Hampton, 631-537-6255) serves a $25 three-course prix fixe dinner every Sunday, Monday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Indian Wells Tavern
Indian Wells Tavern (117 Main Street, Amagansett, 631-267-0400, www.indianwellstavern.com)invites you to celebrate your birthday at the restaurant! In honor of your birthday, the birthday diner will receive a complimentary entrée. The special offer is available up to one week before or one week after the birthday. Proof of birthday is required with a driver's license. Current hours for Indian Wells Tavern are lunch and dinner served seven days from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., bar is open late. Breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

MUSE Restaurant & Aquatic Lounge
MUSE Restaurant & Aquatic Lounge (Water Mill Shopping Center, Suite 5A, Water Mill, 631-726-2606, www.muserestauranthamptons.com) now offers a $29.95 "Build Your Own" three-course prix fixe every night throughout the summer. The special is available all night Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and includes a la carte items. Customized vegetarian options are also available.

Hampton Coffee Company
Hampton Coffee Company teams up with the ASPCA for "Have Joe With Joe!" Fundraiser. What better way to start your day at this year's Hampton Classic Horse Show than by enjoying a cup of their award-winning hand-roasted "joe" with Joe -the ASPCA's Officer Joe Pentangelo from television's Animal Precinct that is! The Humane Law Enforcement Assistant Director will be giving away sets of special ASPCA mugs and pounds of Hampton Coffee Company's Hampton Classic Blend® coffee beans during The Classic in exchange for a donation to the ASPCA, while supplies last. You can "Have Joe With Joe!" and get your special mug and coffee sets during Hampton Classic Week at the ASPCA Patio and at Hampton Coffee Company's Mobile Espresso Unit, located between Hunter Rings II and III. The Mobile Espresso Unit is a custom-built one-of-a-kind espresso bar on wheels serving hot and iced coffee and espresso drinks, snacks, and real fruit smoothies to guests on site during The Classic. Officer Pentangelo will also be making appearances at Hampton Coffee Company's flagship espresso bar and full-service café and coffee roastery on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, just three miles west of The Classic. Exact times and locations can be found on posters at the ASPCA Patio. Sixteen-year-old Hampton Coffee Company is a family-run business and active community partner taking part in and helping to sponsor more than 100 organizations and charities each year. This year's partnership at The Classic with the ASPCA wasn't by chance. Hampton Coffee co-owner Jason Belkin has been an ASPCA Guardians Member for more than a decade and the company has been long-time sponsors of local animal organizations including Bide-A-Wee, Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons, and Last Chance Animal Rescue. For more information about Hampton Coffee Company go to www.hamptoncoffeecompany.com.

Almond (1970 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, 631-537-8885) will host their popular Saturday night karaoke beginning at 11 p.m.

Turtle Crossing
Turtle Crossing (221 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, 631-324-7166, www.turtlecrossing.com) will host live music from Mama Lee & Friends on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with $4 Dos Equis. On Sunday they will also host an afternoon happy hour featuring live music from Feed the Need from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring bar specials of $4 beers, $6 frozen drinks and $6 glasses of wine. Current hours are Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 12 noon to 11 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 10 p.m. and Monday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Employee night is offered on Thursday with drink specials from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. including $4 beers, $6 frozen drinks and $6 glasses of wine.

Rowdy Hall
Rowdy Hall (10 Main Street in the Parrish Mews, East Hampton, 631-324-8555) has announced acoustic jams every Sunday night beginning at 10:30 p.m. The jam sessions are open to all acoustic musicians and those wishing to come listen. The kitchen currently closes at 11 p.m.

Rugosa (290 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, 631-604-1550, www.rugosarestaurant.com) introduces a three-course dinner prix fixe every night for $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. The menu is offered Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Serafina East Hampton
Serafina East Hampton (104 North Main Street, East Hampton, 631-267-3500, www.serafinarestaurant.com) has announced the launch of Moms Night Out every Tuesday night. Serafina is inviting moms to bring in their kids on Tuesday nights and ice cream for the kids is on the house! Kids can choose from several different flavors of ice cream as well as several toppings. The full dinner menu will be available. Serafina East Hampton is currently open for dinner seven nights a week beginning at 5 p.m. Lunch is served on weekends beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Four Seasons Caterers
Four Seasons Caterers (15 Prospect Street, Southampton, www.fourseasonscaterer.com, 631-283-3354) is offering French and American specialities, an extensive raw bar and sushi every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. The restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m., and is open for the Holiday Weekend on Friday and Saturday.

Magic's Pub
A local destination for over 30 years, Magic's Pub (113 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-6105, www.magicspub.com, www.artfuldodgerwhb.com) is open seven days a week serving Lunch, Dinner and Brunch (weekends only). Happy Hour at the Front Bar is Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., with full menu also available. Clam Bake every Thursday Happy Hour with one dozen steamed clams for $9.95, one dozen clams on the half shell for $7.95. Magic's Pub's classic favorites range from $4 to $24, featuring the best burger in the Hamptons - a freshly ground, hand-packed and slow grilled 100 percent beef burger on an English muffin.

Driver's Seat Restaurant Launches Wednesday Night Post Concert Happy Hour
In conjunction with the Southampton Cultural Center's extremely popular series of summer concerts in Agawam Park now in its 25th season, local landmark The Driver's Seat Restaurant (66 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-6606, www.thedriversseatrestaurant.com) conveniently located on Jobs Lane is offering a Post Concert Happy Hour at its Patio Bar. Half price drinks will be available for the hour after the conclusion of each concert. In addition, The Happy Hour will feature live music each Wednesday night on the gorgeous flower filled patio. Music lovers can continue their evening with light snacks such as quesadillas or their famous clam casserole or a full dinner from their extensive menu and savor the experience of outdoor dining.

The 2010 Concert Schedule is as follows. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
 • August 25: Agawam Park - New Dawn (formerly Signify, Funk, R&B)
 • September 1: Agawam Park - Vivian & Merrymakers (Calypso)

The 2010 series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Suffolk County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc. in partnership with the Suffolk Consortium of Arts Councils.

The Driver's Sea will also host a tropical Luau on Saturday, August 21. The hydrangeas and pansies will disappear (temporarily) and guests will party amid palm trees, hibiscus, bougainvillea, Tiki torches and tropical décor beginning at 10 p.m. Guests are invited to pull out their old Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts to come hula and shake their coconuts a bit to popular drummer Dan Bailey and his band at the Jobs Lane nightspot. "There will be specialty cocktails, giveaways and lots of fun", promises barkeep Daniel Hoctor who organized the event and has been hosting the well attended post Agawam Concert series of parties each Wednesday.

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