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New day at Le Soir in Bayport

Escargots are a specialty at Le Soir restaurant

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Bon retour, Le Soir.

The traditional French restaurant, devastated by a fire in July, has come back, bright and bountiful. It's time for escargots and cassoulet.

Both stand out on a menu that could make you believe DeGaulle still rules France and French defines haute.

The snails are plump, herbaceous and bubbling in their dimpled plate. The cassoulet is full of perfectly cooked...

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Le Soir in Bayport reopens

This is the newly rebuilt Le Soir in

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Having been closed by a fire last summer, Le Soir in Bayport quietly reopened Thursday. “We are a tiny restaurant and we’re still tweaking things after rebuilding,” said owner Janina Kaziewicz, who added that the restaurant was first born back in 1977.

On the traditional French menu: escargots Bourguignons ($12), canard rôti à l’orange ($31) and coquilles St. Jacques ($31).

Le Soir is...

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Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook: New menu

A family sits down for dinner at the

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Mirabelle Tavern, the casual offspring of Guy Reuge's four-star restaurant, has updated its menu at the Three Village Inn.

Exit garlic sausage.

At lunch, there's a $27 fixed-price meal, which includes a green salad, soup of the day or daily appetizer special, followed by either a meat, fish or vegetarian plat du jour, and dessert. The a la carte lunch menu includes steak tartare, pappardelle...

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Almond in Bridgehampton: 'Artists & Writers Night'

Diners gather at Almond restaurant at 1 Ocean

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Almond restaurant turns into a salon tomorrow night.

It will be the first in a series of "Artists & Writers" nights, with a $28 fixed-price menu and plenty of conversation, at the Bridgehampton restaurant.

The three-star establishment plans to hold the events on the first Wednesday of each month, starting tomorrow. The goal is to "give artists and writers the opportunity...

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Roots in West Islip: Uncorking a wine dinner

Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip, 399 Montauk

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Roots Bistro Gourmand, the ambitious French-New American spot in West Islip, hosts a dinner next week pairing food and wine.

The cost of the six-course, Sept. 25 dinner is $90 per person. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Dishes include roasted monkfish with red wine, pearl red onions, carrots and celery-root mousse paired with a 2010 Domaine Galevan Grenache; and pressed pork-belly confit with...

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Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip: First bites

Ravioli at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip.

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Bistronomy becomes science and art in West Islip, where Roots Bistro Gourmand opens as one of the sharpest restaurants of the year.

Executive chef Philippe Corbet, who last cooked at the departed O's Food & Wine Bar in St. James, updates and expands the idea of the French bistro with creative, first-class fare and easygoing style. He co-owns Roots with James Robert Orlandi, former sous...

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Bistro Cassis in Huntington: Still premier cru

Berry napoleon at Cassis in Huntington. (Aug. 2012)

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New restaurants always get the buzz and the words. But sometimes, returning to an established place can seem new, too.

That's the case at Bistro Cassis, a mainstay in downtown Huntington that's even more appealing now. It manages to be both cozy and buoyant, a bit of bistro seasoned with brasserie.  Service is friendly and accommodating. And the food often is excellent.

Roast chicken...

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Roots Bistro Gourmand opens in West Islip

Risotto at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip.

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Expect ambitious and updated French cuisine at Roots Bistro Gourmand, the new West Islip restaurant from the former chefs of O's Food and Wine Bar in St. James.

Philippe Corbet is the executive chef and James Orlandi the general manager at Roots, which moved into the site long-occupied by Parkwood Cafe. They're co-owners of Roots.

The look is bistro, from tin ceiling to zinc bar to reclaimed...

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