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3 New Restaurants To Try on Long Island

Main Street Tavern’s baked clams.

MAIN STREET TAVERN

Owned by the same group behind East Hampton favorite Highway Restaurant and Bar, this neighborhood spot aims to treat hungry customers with delicious cuisine, comfort, and community spirit.

Capture the alluring outdoor ambience at the 54-seat decorative beer garden and interior featuring a bar, six large screen TVs, and traditional decor. Executive Chef Anand Sastry and Chef de Cuisine Yusuf Lovett have years of experience and emphasize first-rate locally sourced ingredients. 

Diners can enjoy a fresh experience with a menu that offers vast versatility. Tavern classics including the tavern burger ($17), grilled New York strip steak ($38), and steak sandwich ($19) perfectly complement the local tavern scene. Alternatively, one can indulge in East End seafood with options such as the lobster roll ($29), tuna melt ($20), and Atlantic halibut ($36). 

177 Main St., Amagansett, 631-267-0400, mainstreettavern.com 

MIGHTY QUINN’S BBQ

Long Islanders can now relish the flavor of the Mighty Quinn’s BBQ franchise, hot off the grill in its new location.

An award-winning New York City-based casual eatery with efficient service, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ has quickly grown its brand to more than 10 locations. The restaurant’s first Long Island location opened in Garden City, with two more in the works. 

Patrons can enjoy a plethora of barbecue favorites, including carefully prepared meats such as burnt ends, brisket, brontosaurus ribs, and pulled pork. Diners can also choose from signature rice bowls such as the Mighty Bowl prepared with spinach, sweet potato, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, crushed red pepper, and vinaigrette, or even build their own with options including pulled pork or pulled chicken.

829 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-544-2844, mightyquinnsbbq.com

SALTED. ON THE HARBOR

In this modern yet beachy spot, patrons can sip a brilliantly orchestrated drink at the inviting bar before being seated for their meal.

This establishment features not only prestigious cocktails and spirits, but a delectable menu with a Tex-Mex style that captures summer vibes. 

Start with a chilled watermelon gazpacho served with watermelon crab relish and jalapeño lime crema ($12) before transitioning over to an assortment of sandwiches such as the “lawbsta” roll ($Mkt) and the “Northportobello” ($20), or table specials including the chipotle chicken and skirt steak club tacos ($10-24). Also available are a multitude of healthy salads such as grilled Baja Caesar with options to include chicken or shrimp ($14-22), chopped kale ($16), and ahi tuna ($24). 

14 Woodbine Ave., Northport, 631-651-2600, saltedontheharbor.com

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3 New Restaurants To Try on Long Island

Kissaki has robots make their sushi.

KISSAKI

Honor Japanese tradition — and watch two sushi-making robots in action — at Kissaki’s new East End location.

The restaurant started in downtown Manhattan, expanded to an outpost in Midtown East at Nerai, and owner Garry Kanfer and his team just finished their third location, in the Hamptons. This brand is known for its rich and innovative environment that includes a 16-seat counter, two sushi-making robots (a maki maker and nigiri maker), and high-quality meals and beverages. 

Kissaki pride itself on signature premium omakase boxes, offered in four sizes ($35-$140). They also serve a plethora of specialty rolls and rice bowls ($18-$78), maki and nigiri ($6-$18), along with premium products such as caviar ($116-$145) and special gift boxes ($225). 

670 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-709-8855, explorekissaki.com

DANNY’S CHINESE KITCHEN

You’ll be quick to add Danny’s Chinese Kitchen to your list of go-tos when craving the freshest ingredients with traditional flavors of the Orient.

It was always a dream for owner Danny Antin to open his own prestigious eatery, which he launched in Bellmore in 2014. After a successful start, his brother David, a longtime business leader and investor, assisted Danny in expanding to a space in Massapequa. An Oceanside location is also coming soon.

Indulge in the restaurant’s exclusive zoodles, a lo mein-esque dish where noodles are made of zucchini rather than traditional pasta ($6.95-$12.25). Enjoy the long list of chef specialties, including the happy family, which features jumbo shrimp, chicken, beef, scallops, pork, and lobster meat alongside mixed vegetables ($15.95). Combination platters, health and fitness food options, and many more dishes are included.

20 Broadway, Massapequa, 516-809-9970, dannyschinesekitchen.com 

GUAC SHOP MEXICAN GRILL

Guac Shop Mexican Grill has opened up not one, but two new unique restaurants despite the pandemic.

Following a strong two years with its first location in Garden City, the proprietors completed a second storefront location in Jericho, as well a 120-square-foot kitchen in Seaford. 

Build your own bowls, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and more, with plenty of protein, rice, beans, vegetables, homemade sauce, and condiments of your liking. Also available are diet-friendly performance bowls, appropriate for those following the paleo, keto, and macro pathways ($9.50-$14). As of press time, it is preferable to order through the website.

12 Jericho Tpke., #A-1, Jericho; 3935 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-274-3380, guacshopmexicangrill.com

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7 Long Island Restaurants Where You Can Sit On The Sand

Patrons dine while seated at tables in the sand at Navy Beach in Montauk. Photo courtesy of Navy Beach, Montauk.

There are plenty of places to dine al fresco on Long Island, but for the beachiest of summer outdoor dining experiences, there are just a few local eateries where patrons can be seated at tables right in the sand.

Whether looking to grab a quick bite at a casual restaurant or relishing a three-course meal at a more upscale establishment, these waterfront locales’ sandy seating areas make them stand out from the pack of places boasting beachy ambiance.

Here is a roundup of LI restaurants where patrons can sink their toes in the sand while they eat.

HOUSER’S BAR
A section of Houser’s Hotel, this dockside surf bar offers seating at picnic tables in the sand overlooking the Great South Bay. Watch the boats pass by while savoring a delicious burger, chicken wrap, or taco. Or splurge on the 1 ¼ pound lobster special, served with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and drawn butter. That alone is worth the ferry ride to Fire Island781 Evergreen Walk, Ocean Beach, 631-583-7805, housershotel.com/housers-bar

KEY WEST
This casual waterfront restaurant and beer garden with Great South Bay views has seating available on its deck and on the sandy shore. Although it’s located in the Town of Islip-run Islip Beach, which requires a resident park pass to access, the restaurant is open until 9 p.m., so non-residents can visit for dinner after the parking attendants stop checking the gate at 6 p.m. 600 South Bay Ave., Islip, 631-277-5500, facebook.com/pg/Keywestrestaurantatislip

NAVY BEACH
This coastal eatery provides the perfect summer experience with an open bar and tables located on the sandy shore of Fort Pond Bay. Come with the family for a casual afternoon or night and indulge on a long list of signature seafood, burgers, pasta, and chicken dishes. From the gorgeous sunsets and the alluring scenery to the amazing menu, this is one memorable place to eat. 16 Navy Rd., Montauk, 631-668-6868, navybeach.com/montauk

OCEAN
Decompress at Ocean, The Crescent Beach Club’s resort-like restaurant overlooking the Long Island Sound. From their upper deck patio that provides spectacular views, their palm tree-lined sandy outdoor seating area, and their comfortable lounge, Ocean is a perfect destination to celebrate a special occasion. Highly regarded is the sushi bar, crafted by chef Mr. Lee and the fabulous beach shack menu that will not disappoint. 333 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-628-3330, cometotheocean.com

SALT SHACK
Guests will be sure to have a blast and then some at this casual Cedar Beach hot spot, where patrons can also grab some eats and enjoy their meal at a table in the sand surrounded by palm trees. Order casual pub fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, poke bowls, or tacos from the takeout counter along with a fresh beer or cocktail. Their multitude of drink specials and daily live music performances will provide a pleasurable experience with every visit. Although at a Town of Babylon-run beach that only allows residents, non-residents can enter after 6 p.m. Salt Shack is open til 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. 100 Ocean Pkwy., Babylon, 631-422-7222, saltshackny.com

THE SHACK at ATLANTIQUE
Located at Atlantique Beach at Fire Island, this restaurant and full-service bar inside a concession stand features daily dinner specials, soothing adult beverages, beachside waters, and occasional live music performances. Coming from the beach? This casual picnic table set in the sand is a perfect place to unwind on a sunny day, for those up for a ferry ride to Fire Island. 245 Central Walk, Atlantique, instagram.com/THE_SHACK_ATLANTIQUE

WALL’S WHARF
Whether you opt to sit on its 10,000-square-foot beach or on the back deck, diners will be sure to get a kick out of Wall’s Wharf panoramic view of the North Shore. Fresh seafood, sirloin, signature sushi menu, or desert, complement pleasing atmosphere from this prestigious restaurant that gives a vacation vibe. 18 Greenwich Ave., Bayville, 516-628-9696, wallswharf.com

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NY School Reopening Criteria Announced

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed guidelines for public schools to safely reopen with coronavirus pandemic restrictions in the upcoming fall semester.

Schools will be permitted to reopen assuming their region has reached phase four and their daily infection rate stands at 5 percent or lower. They will be forced to close if rates increase above 9 percent over a 7-day average after August 1. Districts are required to send their reopening plans by July 31 and the state will make their clearing decisions throughout the first week of August.

“If you have the virus under control, reopen. If you don’t have the virus under control, then you can’t reopen,” Cuomo stated. “We’re not going to put our children in a place where their health is endangered. We’re not going to use our children as guinea pigs.”

Specific procedures pertaining to authorized schools will be based on the districts themselves, though essential guidelines that cover health and safety, nutrition, well-being, facilities, transportation, budget, attendance, schedules, as well as education protocols were released today by the state Education Department.

Students and staff of authorized schools will be required to wear personal protective equipment when social distancing cannot be kept. Face masks will be recommended at all times, though factors including meals, socially distant breaks, and safely expanded classroom instructions are likely to result in exceptions. 

Realigning learning spaces, including using gyms and other community locations, in efforts to maximizing social distancing protocols, as well establishing cohort structures are both preferred. 

Masks will be required to be worn on buses, with social distance rules intact. Meals may be served in classrooms along with the cafeteria if space is limited. Aftercare and extracurricular programs will be planned by the districts themselves, as long as they follow state procedures.

Screening, including daily temperature checks, will be performed on every student and staff member entering the school building with tracing required and potential closure procedures ready. All exposed areas must be disinfected on a frequent basis.

While New York COVID-19 infection rates remain stable at the moment, a potential lack of compliance as well as outside travel both remain concerns for the governor. 

“All our numbers are good,” he said. “The bad news is we have to keep them that way.”

-With Dana Chieuh

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Point Lookout Summer Drive-In Concert Series Kicks Off

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The Town of Hempstead is hosting a free drive-in concert series throughout the summer in efforts to provide a fun seasonal experience despite many COVID-19 safety conditions.

Running from early July to late August, Hempstead residents can catch the shows at Town Park in Point Lookout to enjoy a large variety of tribute bands ranging from Bruce Springsteen to the Ladies of Motown, all while lounging safely and comfortably inside of their vehicles. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with gates opening at 7 p.m. and performances starting at 8 p.m.

“We strongly encourage all residents to review the list of rules and regulations before attending a town … concert,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Donald X. Clavin, Jr. said. “Our dedicated town staff will be on hand at these events to answer any questions or concerns, and we ask for your patience and understanding as employees take additional precautions to reduce the risk of possible exposure to COVID-19.”

Guests must remain in their vehicles throughout the event with the exceptions being the restroom and throwing away trash. Masks are required when outside.

2020 FREE SUMMER DRIVE-IN CONCERT LIST:

DECADIA

Enjoy the greatest hits from the ‘80s and beyond. July 11.

SUNDAY GIRL

Are you a Blondie fan? Well, this tribute band will be worth your while. July 13.

PSEUDOSSUDIO

This tribute band will honor the greatest hits of Phil Collins. July 15.

FREEBIRD

Listen to your favorite LYNYRD SKYNYRD songs through this tribute band. July 17.

MATERIAL GIRL FEATURING AMBER FERRARI

Enjoy your favorite hits from pop queens Madonna and Lady Gaga, as presented by these tribute performers.  July 18.

SIR ELTON

Cherish a long-list of the greatest Elton John classics. July 20.

HOKIS POKIS

This New York native band will show off their magic with disco-themed music. July 22.

“THAT’S AMORE” WITH JENNA ESPOSITO

Enjoy your favorite Italian songs by a variety of artists including Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, and Rosemary Clooney. July 24.

LADIES OF MOTOWN

This tribute band provides a long-list of classics ranging from Mary Wells, to The Supremes, to Martha & The Vandellas, to Teena Marie, to Thelma Houston, and more. July 25.

BADLANDS

Come enjoy your favorite Bruce Springsteen classics as presented by the local tribute band. July 27.

DESERT HIGHWAY

This tribute band is always eager to showcase their love for the Eagles. July 29.

HOURGLASS

Enjoy the artistry of James Taylor, as portrayed through the tribute band. July 31.

BAD ANIMALS

Fans of the Wilson sisters? This Heart tribute band might be the way to spend the night. August 1.

BEGINNINGS

Re-live some fond memories associated with the band Chicago. August 3.

JEROME “CITY” SMITH

Bop to the music of Motown as presented by Jerome “City” Smith. August 5.

STRANGE MAGIC

ELO fans can chill with the music as portrayed by Strange Magic. August 7.

BACK IN TIME

Remember Huey Lewis and the News? Reminisce with the band Back In Time. August 8.

JOHNNY MAESTRO

The Johnny Maestro tribute band awaits you at Point Lookout. August 10.

REO SPEEDWAGON/SURVIVOR TRIBUTE BAND

Have a blast listening to rock classics by REO Speedwagon. August 12.

RICHARD LAMPESE

Relive the Rat Pack as presented by Richard Lampese. August 14.

WONDEROUS STORIES

Enjoy one of Long Island’s most prestigious eclectic rock bands. August 15.

ENDLESS SUMMER

Take in the summer night, with a rocking Beach Boys tribute band. August 17.

THE DEVOTIONS

Come watch this best-selling band of over six decades, as they will present a long-list of classic doo wop songs. August 19.

SHINING STAR

Dance into September with an Earth Wind and Fire tribute band. August 21.

SONGS IN THE ATTIC

Fan of Billy Joel? Then take part of this musical tribute highlighted by singer/piano player David Clark. August 22.

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Curran, Bellone Urge Federal Help To Ease Pandemic Impact on Economy

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran revealed the results of a comprehensive study that examined the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Long Island’s economy and called for federal support to assist in recovery.

According to the report, in what was created by consulting firm HR&A, along with assistance from the Nassau and Suffolk industrial development agencies, more than 270,000 Long Island jobs were lost throughout the first two months of the crisis, a rate higher than New York City and any other state suburban county, with a projection of 375,000 set for the end of the year. 

“These numbers are devastating,” Bellone stated. “This report makes clear that COVID-19 has turned the Long Island economy upside down. And what do we need to do to recover? Three words: Federal Disaster Assistance. This burden should not be placed on the shoulders of local taxpayers, essential employees, and first responders.”

Curran added that a disproportionate share of job losses were found across Hispanic and Latino workers, low paying jobs, and workers of low education. The Hospitality industry was affected the most with more than 82,000 people losing their jobs. Following is the HealthCare sector, which totaled 59,000 losses, including personal care aids, home health aids, techs, and more than 6,000 registered nurses. 

To compensate for financial losses, the county executives will continue to assist small, women-owned, and minority-run businesses in ways that include loans, free PPE kits, food distributions, access to testing and health care, easing eviction enforcement, and delaying taxes. 

In response to a massive drop in sales tax revenue resulting from the stalled economic activity, the county executives urged Congress to pass the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, to put forth comprehensive funding packages for state and local governments.

“We listened, we stayed indoors, we shutdown, we did the right thing, and now we want to make sure that we can get everything cranking again and we’re calling on the Senate to help,” Curran stated. “Please pass the HEROES act.”

Bellone added that it will be a long road to economic recovery either way, but without help, it will be even longer.

“If the federal government does the right thing here, then we will be on a pathway to recover from COVID-19 over the next couple years” said Bellone. “If they fail to provide the federal disaster assistance that is justified as necessary, then we are looking at seeing the devastation from this extended out more than a decade. And that is unacceptable.”

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22 East End Restaurants To Sink Twin Forks Into This Summer

Chef-Owner Starr Boggs in the kitchen, left, and one of his popular desserts, the Black Bottom Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce.

18 Bay
This fine dining Italian establishment is centered inside a spacious Victorian house. A four-course menu, which changes every week, is offered along with handmade cocktails. 23 N. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, 18bayrestaurant.com

Bostwick’s Chowder House
A casual beachy seafood eatery with a full bar and outdoor patio. Perfect for summertime. 227 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton, bostwickschowderhouse.com

Cai Hong
A well-respected setting known for its friendly staff and high-quality Chinese food service. 46520 County Rd. 48, Southold, caihongsouthold.com

East Hampton Grill
Located in a well-maintained bistro with an active bar and kitchen, this American restaurant takes heavy pride in its local produce. Entrees include steak and ribs. 99 N Main St,. East Hampton, easthamptongrill.com 

Fellingham’s Restaurant Sports Bar
An old-school sports-themed restaurant with an extensive history and classic American dishes. 17 Cameron St., Southampton, fellinghamsrestaurant.com 

Haiku Sushi
A well-lit and decorative Japanese establishment with a bar, booth seating, and tatami room. Specializes in sushi, tempura, sashimi, and teriyaki. 40 E Main St., Riverhead, haikuriverhead.com 

Highway 
A perfect place for the East End environment that includes an open bar and fireplace. The New American menu is highly versatile, ranging from ribs to pasta to sushi. 290 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, highwayrestaurant.com

Jan’s Chinese Food
A popular and well-respected Chinese spot located on the North Folk. Possesses an extensive menu with very efficient service. 10095 Main Rd. #16, Mattituck, facebook.com

La Parmigiana
A comforting Italian restaurant that takes pride in its many forms of Parmigiana, including chicken, eggplant, veal, meatball, and sausage. 44-48 NY-27A, Southampton, laparmigianamenu.com

Latin Fuzion Restaurant
Indulge yourself with the long list of options ranging from Latin American cuisine to Guatemalan cooking to Spanish breakfasts. 53345 Main Rd., Southold, latinfuzionrestaurant.com

Marie Eiffel Market 
An old-fashioned organic bakery and cafe with a large-scale menu of high-quality produce, offering sandwiches, chicken, eggs, croissants, fruits, coffee, and more; appropriate for any time of the day. 184 N Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, marieeiffelmarket.com

Saaz
A full bar, including smoothies and special cocktails, plus a lunch buffet with authentic Indian family recipes offer many pleasing dining experiences for hungry customers. 1746 County Rd. 39, Southampton, saazsouthampton.com 

Sakura House
Enjoy an extensive list of special sushi rolls at affordable prices. A casual Japanese dining environment with friendly service and a “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Alcoholic Beverage) policy. 540 Montauk Hwy., East Quogue, welcometosakurahouse.com

Scarpetta Beach
An upscale Italian hotel eatery with an outdoor deck and a breathtaking seaside view. Signature dishes, fresh seafood, and intriguing wines enhanced menu. 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, scarpettarestaurants.com

Serafina East Hampton
A multicontinental brand dedicated to using authentic ingredients to craft delicious Italian cuisines with an international flair. This East Hampton Italian restaurant is centered in an airy trattoria with an outdoor patio. 104 N. Main St., East Hampton, serafinarestaurant.com

Starr Boggs 
Named after the head chef-owner, this highly regarded seafood establishment is praised for its mouthwatering seasonally appropriate fish and other specialties. Features a stylish atmosphere with an open bar, waterfall, and landscaped patio. 6 Parlato Dr., Westhampton Beach, starrboggs.com

Stone Creek Inn
French A historic hotspot for world-class French cuisine situated inside an artsy two-story Victorian house. Enjoy high-end products including fish, meats, and pasta. 405 Montauk Hwy., East Quogue, stonecreekinn.com

Taco Bout It
A casual environment with a list of authentic traditional Mexican recipes. Also included
are sandwiches, soups, salads, and happy hour specials. 40b E Main St., Riverhead, tacoboutitny.com

The Lobster Roll 
A long-running crowd pleaser that shines for its extensive options of mouthwatering, lobster, seafood, and American food. A laid-back place to visit while traveling to the farthest reaches of the South Fork. 1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, lobsterroll.com

Tiki Joe’s Beach Club
A recognized brand present in multiple Long Island beach locations. Delicious grilled food, platters, poke bowl, and more to help take in the great summer outdoors. Westhampton Beach, tikijoesbeachclub.com

Turkuaz Grill 
Enjoy authentic Mediterranean kebabs, surf and turf, grilled lamb, gyros, and seafood all while getting comfortable in a pleasant environment with umbrellaed tables and a waterfront view. 40 McDermott Ave., Riverhead, turkuazgrillriverhead.com

Vine Street Cafe 
An American eatery and food shop stationed inside a picturesque cottage. Prioritizes the freshest seafood, steak, etc. possible with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients. 41 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island, vinestreetcafe.com

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3 New Restaurants To Try on Long Island

Sorrisos surf n turf.

SORRISO

Sorriso, meaning “smile” in Italian, is aiming to cheer up your day during this distressing pandemic. 

The restaurant is owned by Pietro and Vania Grippi, who are also known for running Pietro’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Oyster Bay. Their new restaurant is old school with a modern flair, having many unique features including a wood-fired oven straight from Italy. Executive Chef Carl Michael Savino is recognized for his illustrious resumé, being the owner/executive chef at Carl Michaels Catering, a catering company highly regarded by the film and television industry.

Support the restaurant and savor their 12-inch pizza, including the campagnola, with crumbled sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella, garlic, and oil ($15). Also available are a multitude of pastas and other entrees such as the penne romanza ($22). Sorriso is open for outdoor dining and will continue offering takeout.

2232 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park, 516-742-8800, sorrisorestaurantgcp.com

THE PURPLE ELEPHANT

A Latin-oriented eatery with a vegan and gluten-free friendship, The Purple Elephant boasts fresh non-GMO cuisine while taking in the alluring indoor/outdoor scenery of the Britannia Yachting Center. 

Since its inception, the restaurant has emphasized using the most thoroughly trusted sources possible. Menus are updated daily to ensure the purest organic ingredients. 

Patrons can satiate their palates in vegan assortments such as the organic burnt ends enchiladas ($23) and the stuffed spaghetti squash ($22). There are also a variety of gluten-free and non-vegan options including the casado platter ($20-32) and taco truck menu. A clean cocktail menu is served as well. The Purple Elephant is offering patio dining outdoors and will continue its takeout service.

81B W Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, 631-651-5002, thepurpleelephantny.com

ANZAI

If you’re craving Japanese food, Anzai Asian Fusion will be worth your while. Whether via no-contact takeout or delivery, Anzai’s extensive menu will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

The clever menu, offering unique rolls for each month of the year and even for each day of the week, can help guide even the most indecisive diners. Feast on the June roll, consisting of lobster salad, crab meat, asparagus, avocado, and spicy mayo inside a tempura roll ($13).

If you prefer a cooked entree, besides the 18 different choices of hibachi styles available, you can’t go wrong with the Mandarin crispy duck entree with vegetables in a brown sauce ($20).

1856 Front St., East Meadow, 516-307-8883, anzaifusion.com

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J.C. Penney at Green Acres Mall Begins Liquidation Ahead of Closure

Shoppers enter and leave the J.C. Penney department store in North Riverside, Illinois, U.S., November 17, 2017. (REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo)

The J.C. Penney department store at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream is undergoing liquidation sales as it prepares to close down this summer after more than a half century at that location. 

This closing is part of the company’s plan to close 137 locations across 37 states after the department store chain filed for bankruptcy. Liquidation sales commenced with up to 40 percent discounts and are expected to last between 10 to 16 weeks. 

“We will continue to operate the majority of our stores and our flagship store, jcp.com, to ensure our valued customers continue to have access to the products and brands they need and want,” the company said on its blog

The Texas-based, 118-year-old retail chain filed for bankruptcy on May 15 due to accumulating more than $4 billion in debt, dwindling sales, and the coronavirus pandemic forcing temporary store closures. As a result, approximately 250 of its 846 stores are projected to be shut down by the middle of 2021. 

The Green Acres location was originally slated to close in April, but those plans were delayed by the COVID-19 economic shutdown.

J.C. Penney previously closed locations at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove and in Massapequa. The last two J.C. Penney stores on Long Island are at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City and Westfield South Shore in Bay Shore.

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15 Pandemic-Friendly Backyard Sports

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Badminton
Each team is placed on one side of the net, holding a racket, rallying the shuttlecock over the net until the opponent breaks the rally. Requires badminton rackets, a shuttlecock, net, and ideally more than two players.

Cornhole  
Place each board 27 feet apart from players facing each other when there are multiple people. Toss bean bags at board to score points. Requires one or two cornhole boards,
preferably eight bean bags and ideally more than one player.

Croquet
Place wickets in a figure eight pattern (one in center). The first person to knock their ball through all wickets, following a particular pathway, wins. Requires one or more croquet mallets, ideally four different colored croquet balls, six-to-nine wickets and around two-to-six players.

Dodgeball 
Divide the playing field into two sides throw dodgeball at the opposing team. Players are “out” when struck by a dodgeball or opposing team catches their thrown ball. Last team standing wins. Requires fire or more foam or rubber dodgeballs and ideally more than two players.

Egg-and-Spoon Race
The winner is the first person/team to cross the finish line with the egg securely placed, without support, on the spoon. A dropped egg can be picked up or result in a restart or disqualification. Requires multiple eggs (real or plastic), large tablespoons.

Horseshoes
Place each stake 40 feet apart from players facing each other when there are multiple people. Toss horseshoe at stake to score points. Requires four or more horseshoes, one or two stakes, and at least two people.

Jackpot
Thrower is placed by oneself while the receivers are next to each other. The thrower shouts out a particular number and whoever catches it earns said amount of points; deducted if the ball is dropped. Requires one small ball or frisbee and at least two players. 

Ladder Toss
Set ladders 15 feet apart from players facing each other with multiple people. Points are earned if bola attaches to rungs. Play up to an absolute number, such as 21 points, for added enjoyment. Requires a ladderlike structure with three rungs, six bolas (three of two
colors), and at least two players.

KanJam
Set cans 50 feet apart from each other with one teammate on each side. Both players, the thrower and deflector, must work together in order to score points. Instant win if the disk lands inside of the can, through the front hole or up top, unassisted. Requires one flying disk, two KanJam cans and two-to-four players.

Pickleball
Each side rallies the pickle ball over the net until a point or “fault” is given. Score when the opposite team hits the ball out of bounds, off the net, or to the wrong opponent. Requires a courtlike surface, one pickleball [wiffle ball], multiple pickleball paddles, a net and two-to-four players.

Spikeball
Each team, starting on each side of the net, is given three hits with their hands before needing to spike the ball onto the net. Points are scored by ways including getting the opposing team to hit the ball onto the ground or use more than three hits. Requires one spike ball, one net, and four players.

Tetherball 
Each person must hit the roped ball in a particular direction while dealing with the opponent reflecting it the opposite way. A point is earned when the ball is tangled as far as it can go. No catching or throwing is allowed. Requires one stationary pole, onw volleyball/
rubber ball, a rope, and two players.

Wiffle Ball 
Each team will attempt to hit a pitched wiffle ball with the bat and step on four “bases” before receiving three outs where they must switch sides. The team to have the most runners touch “home plate” wins. Outs include opponents catching the ball, and hitter failing to put the ball in play after three swings. Requires one wiffle ball bat, one wiffle ball and at least two players.

Ultimate Frisbee 
Each team attempts to throw a frisbee to teammates until it is caught in the opposing end zone. Thrower is limited to three steps. Requires one frisbee and at least four players.

Volleyball 
The ball is rallied over the net until the opponent breaks the rally. Points are earned when the ball hits the opponent’s ground, the other team hitting the ball out of bounds, or the other team hits the ball into the net. Requires one volleyball, a net, and at least two players.

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