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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

Sparkling dinner at Bistro Etc., Port Washington

Patrons dine at Bistro Etc. in Port Washington.

(Credit: Photo by Yana Paskova)

If you think that France has a lock on sparkling wine, Bistro Etc. in Port Washington wants to change your mind. Chef-owner Karen Melanie is cooking a prix-fixe dinner on Dec. 10 that pairs four courses with selections from the Spanish winery Raventos i Blanc. The menu:

Grilled oysters with ponzu and tobiko mignonette granita

Silencis (still white wine)

Seafood sausage with citrus...

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Closed in Long Beach: Geri's

People dine at Geri's Restaurant in Long Beach

(Credit: Newsday / Ana P. Gutierrez)

Hot biscuits. Braised short ribs. Pork osso buco. These are some of the comforts recalled from Geri’s in Long Beach, which is now closed.

The restaurant, which opened in 2008 and was located at 631 E. Park Ave., was helmed by chef Andrew Piselli. Almost as memorable as his cooking was the art in the dining room, depicting the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and Ludwig van Beethoven....

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P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury opening Monday

P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury on Nov. 19, 2014.

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Attention, paparazzi: P.J. Clarke's in Woodbury opens Monday at 5 p.m.

This is the lone Long Island link in the chainlet. The original P.J. Clarke's continues to do business at Third Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan. The building opened there in 1884, but under another name.

The names associated with the bar and grill take in Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as Ray Milland...

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Learn to preserve with East End chef

Kevin Penner, formerly of 1770 House in East

(Credit: Trish Bennett)

The hottest new culinary craze couldn’t be older or more humble: preserving. In a series of classes held in a renovated barn in East Moriches, chef Kevin Penner will be exploring some of the principle techniques of preserving: fermentation, brining, salt-curing, smoking and pressure canning. Penner, formerly executive chef at 1770 House in East Hampton, was, until recently, “culinary collaborator”...

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Duryea's in Montauk to stay open

Lunch on the deck with a view of

(Credit: Ellen Watson)

On the cusp of winter, Duryea's Lobster Deck has found its invincible summer.

The Montauk landmark will keep crackin' during the cold-weather months and will be ready for spring and summer 2015, too.

The casual restaurant was expected to close after the 2014 summer season. It was sold in spring, and a high-end seafood house was slated for the waterside site.

But Perry B. Duryea...

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Long Island restaurants: New reviews

Savory baccala, or salt cod, is prepared alla

(Credit: Linda Rosier)

In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti descends into Long Beach’s new Grotta di Fuoco, the “cave of fire” which “lures you with soulful fare, and accents New American and Sicilian. The West End spot, in the former home of Caffe Laguna, excels with “smoky, blistered, terrific little pizzas,” pork-cheek ravioli with Taleggio cheese and baccalá alla puttanesca.

Joan Reminick visits Bonefish Grill,...

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Sunday brunch at Jamesport Manor Inn

The Jamesport Manor Inn is tucked away on

(Credit: Kirsten Luce)

Here's one more reason to spend part of an autumn weekend on the North Fork. Jamesport Manor Inn now offers a $27.95 brunch buffet on Sunday.

It's available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost of the brunch for children younger than 12 is $17.95.

Typically, the brunch menu includes an omelet station, French toast, grilled salmon, roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, sliced filet mignon...

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Chris Algieri fight plus eats at Huntington restaurants

Manny Pacquiao speaks to the media about the

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Since light welterweight boxing champ Chris Algieri hails from Huntington, locals will get a chance to cheer on their hometown hero Saturday night at dinner. That's because two Huntington restaurants will be broadcasting the 9 p.m. fight from Macau between Algieri and Manny Pacquiao.

At the newly redecorated and expanded Swallow, the fight will be projected onto a 6-foot screen. You can watch...

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Ciao Baby scales down the portions

Ciao Baby in Massapequa has been remodeled inside

(Credit: Ciao Baby)

Some big changes have recently gone down at the two Ciao Baby restaurants, known for their mega-sized portions.

First, the Massapequa spot has been entirely remodeled and now has a bigger bar, as well as a brick pizza oven. Commack has a new pizza oven, as well.

But the most significant revision is the size of the servings at both places. No longer are entrees too daunting for a single...

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Open in Blue Point: Amara Kitchen & Cocktails

Amara Kitchen & Cocktails takes over the Blue

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

In a speedy nine-week renovation, Blue Point's New American steakhouse Blue has been transformed into the Greek-inflected Amara Kitchen & Cocktails.

Jerry Stathopoulos, who owns the restaurant with his father, George, said that it was time to "freshen the concept." With Amara, he said, the Greek-American family is “going back to our roots.”

Amara’s kitchen is in the hands of chef...

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