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Marjorie Robins is Newsday's Food Editor.

Matt Hisiger cooks coastal in Port Washington

Matt Hisiger is executive chef at H on

(Credit: H on the Harbor)

Matthew Hisiger, who earned four stars for the now-gone Panama Hatties in Huntington Station, is preparing a series of open-to-the-public, coastal-cuisine dinners at H on the Harbor caterers in Port Washington.

“It's a nice change,“ said Hisiger, who defined the New American style at Panama Hatties for 18 years and later worked for Sbarro for three years.

Hisiger joined H on the Harbor, ...

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Acacia in Huntington has new lunch choices

The dining room is busy and energetic at

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

Acacia, one of downtown Huntington's newer destinations, has expanded its lunch menu, which is offered Thursdays to Sundays.

Just added are main course salads such as seared, peppercorn-crusted tuna with soba noodles ($16); a Cobb salad ($12); and a Caesar salad with grilled chicken ($14).

New sandwich choices: grilled cheese with Brie, arugula, red onion, Granny Smith apple, and caramelized...

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Azure Chocolat to close Greenlawn shop

Heather Rushforth-Foley, right, and Allison Krueger are owner

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Azure Chocolat, one of Long Island’s best chocolate shops, is shutting its retail store in Greenlawn; the 10-year-old company will continue to sell its sweets online (at azurechocolat.com) and to wholesale customers. Owner Heather Rushforth-Foley will move operations to the Stony Brook small-business incubator in Calverton. Longtime manager Allison Krueger will be moving upstate to manage a bakery-chocolate...

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Closed in Commack: Kurofune

Kurofune in Commack.

(Credit: Meghan Giannotta)

Kurfone, a long-standing Commack Japanese restaurant, has closed.

The place made its debut back in 1981 and, in its heyday, was a local nexus  for sushi lovers. But after 33 years, it had never been renovated. Last time I ate there — less than a year ago —  the interior looked rundown and depressing. And the sushi was fairly dull.

Still, Kurofune had fans. A colleague of mine...

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Black & Blue reopening in Huntington after fire

Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse will welcome July with good news: It's reopening

The downtown Huntington restaurant has been closed for six weeks following a kitchen fire, which started in the ductwork. There were no injuries from the May 17 blaze.  In addition to the kitchen, the dining area has been renovated.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. on July 1.

Black & Blue Seafood...

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Pig roast at First and South in Greenport

First and South is a lively eatery with

(Credit: Doug Young)

It's pig roast night at First and South in Greenport.

The June 30 event stars pork, plus beer from Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. in Riverhead and wine from Lieb Cellars of Mattituck and Cutchogue. The cost is $45 per person and includes two side dishes, as well as the beer and wine.

Starting July 7, the pig roast's fare also will be available for takeout in connection with Greenport's music-in-the-park...

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Fisherman's Catch in Point Lookout: pretty but flawed

Fisherman's Catch overlooks Reynolds Channel in Point Lookout,

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

“From Our Ships to Your Lips” is the motto of Fisherman’s Catch in Point Lookout. The restaurant not only owns the neighboring fish market and clam bar, but also its own seafood wholesale business. “Our fish are delivered by our very own fishing fleet,” declares the website.

In fact I was in the fish market a few weeks ago and was impressed by the wide range of local fish, among them monkfish,...

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The Boat House reopens in Merrick

The Boat House in Merrick has finally reopened

(Credit: The Boat House in Merrick)

The Boat House in Merrick, a waterfront restaurant that took a severe beating from superstorm Sandy, has finally reopened. This after having missed the 2013 season entirely.

Owner Lindsay Magill said that the remodeled version has a somewhat smaller interior but a bigger outdoor deck with more seating. Gone is the glass atrium.

Executive chef Sabino Avalos remains at the helm. On his...

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Smokin Al's BBQ at Jones Beach

One of the rib platters at Smokin' Al's

(Credit: Donna Alberico)

Smokin Al’s Famous BBQ Joint is hitting the beach.

Every Saturday night this summer, from 4 to 10 p.m.., the Massapequa Park house of ‘cue will be offering a menu of slow-smoked meats at the East Boathouse of Jones Beach. Weather permitting, of course.

Seating is under a tent, within view of the ocean. There will be full table service, with alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks available....

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Burton & Doyle in Great Neck sold

Burton & Doyle, Great Neck

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Burton & Doyle, one of the prime restaurants along Northern Boulevard's steak row  in Great Neck, has been sold.

The buyers are Joseph Zangri and Bert Brodsky, co-owners of City Cellar in Westbury.

Zangri, who also operates Watermill Caterers and Restaurant in Smithtown, was co-developer of Rare650 in Syosset and Insignia in Smithtown, both properties of restaurateur Anthony...

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