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Joan Reminick

In an ongoing search to find Long Island’s best restaurant values, restaurant critic Joan Reminick has plowed through more pad thai, penne ala vodka and pulled pork than she cares to admit. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joan grew up in a happy home whose only shortcomings were culinary. After a childhood of cooked-to-leather steaks, canned peas and Ore Ida fries, she made it a personal mission to seek out food that’s fresh, lively and carefully prepared. Married to her teen sweetheart, she received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Hofstra University and taught English and Humanities in a Long Island high school for several years. When her two children were born, she embarked on a writing career and has had both fiction and nonfiction works published in national magazines. She also edited the Zagat Survey of Long Island Restaurants and wrote the book “Exploring Long Island with Newsday.” In addition to doing weekly “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews, Joan hunts down restaurant news items and writes restaurant-related articles. These days, her motto is: making Long Island a better place to eat, one blog entry at a time.

Thanksgiving Eve: A game plan

A turkey rests in the pan after being

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Reader, if you are eating Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant, I envy you. This item is not for you. But if you are cooking Thanksgiving, I offer this last-minute advice.

If you do not already own an oven thermometer and an instant-read meat thermometer, stop reading right now, go to the nearest Bed Bath & Beyond, and buy these two indispensable items.

Find out your local supermarket’s...

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Thanksgiving advice: We’re here to help

Long Island Chef Marc Anthony Bynum makes an

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Thanksgiving preparations have started in earnest: shopping, brining, blind-baking and, perhaps, a little panicking. Relax, we’re here to help--in a variety of social media platforms.

You can leave a comment below, email me at erica.marcus@newsday.com, tweet @FeedMeLI or Instagram a photo of whatever’s giving you problems to @erica_marcus_newsday. I'll be fielding questions until 7 p.m. on...

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Sparkling dinner at Bistro Etc., Port Washington

Patrons dine at Bistro Etc. in Port Washington.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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