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Peter Gianotti

Peter M. Gianotti is Newsday's restaurant critic and wine-and-spirits columnist. He's the author of "A Guide to Long Island Wine Country," "Newsday's Guide to the Wines of Long Island," "Dining Out with Newsday" and co-author of "Newsday's Long Island Restaurant Guide" and "Eats NYC." Before reviewing restaurants, Gianotti was a Washington correspondent, economics writer, book critic and New York City reporter. Gianotti received his master's degree from Columbia University, where he also was a Bagehot Fellow; and his bachelor's degree from Fordham University, where he has taught journalism. He was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and lives on Long Island.

Coming soon: Kashi in Syosset

Kashi plans to open a new branch in

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Expect a new entry in Long Island's sushi wars.

Kashi, which has highly rated restaurants in Huntington and Rockville Centre, is expected to open a third branch in Syosset. Construction is under way at the site on the north side of  Jericho Turnpike, situated opposite Chris & Tony's restaurant, which is located at 352 Jericho Tpke.

The opening is expected in summer.

Kashi...

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Wunderbar: German night at Glen Head's Iron Horse

Spaten Oktoberfest is poured year-round at the Iron

On Wednesday, The Iron Horse becomes Die Eisen-Pferd.

Yes, it's German night in Glen Head.

You still can dive into burgers and wings, plus chicken piccata and Marsala. But on Wednesday night, the specials take in sauerbraten and smoked pork chops, bratwurst and steak with fried onions, and at least four schnitzels, from plain Wiener to a la Holstein with a fried egg. Housemade potato...

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A burger king, from Market Bistro in Jericho

Market Bistro in Jericho prepares a very good

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There are plenty of reasons to enjoy a casual meal at Market Bistro in Jericho. My latest addition: the "mb burger."

This combination of dry-aged rib-eye, Kobe-style brisket and short rib yields one of the juiciest burgers between Great Neck and Montauk. Order yours as rare as you like.

It's finished with garlic aioli and served with hand-cut fries. Cost: $15. For a dollar each, you...

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Southampton beer dinner at Jamesport Manor Inn

The Jamesport Manor Inn in Jamesport .

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Jamesport Manor Inn hosts a dinner highlighting a quartet of brews from Southampton Publick House on Friday, April 25.

The cost of the four-course dinner is $60 per person. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Chef Michael Mandleur's menu includes Peconic Bay oysters paired with Southampton Double White; warm Stilton cheese and pear halves, with Belgian endive and candied pecans, with the brewery's...

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Dining in Babylon: 5 picks

Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon offers

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Babylon boasts one of Long Island's livelier downtowns. And there's plenty of diversity among the restaurants. Here are five flavorful ones.

MONSOON, 48 Deer Park Ave.; 631-587-4400. This four-star restaurant excels with creative Asian fare, served in a high-style setting. The winners include kung pao-style monkfish, Beijing duck, Korean fried chicken, "shaking beef," fiery octopus, pork-belly...

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Ristegio's opening in North Patchogue Wednesday

Ristegio's restaurant in North Patchogue in April 2014.

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Ristegio's, the much-anticipated New American restaurant with chef Richard Lanza, opens Wednesday at 5 p.m. in North Patchogue.

The restaurant, which takes its name from those of owners Richard, Steven, and Joseph Lanza, is in the location that once housed Pat & Jim's, the chef's first restaurant.

Lanza has earned stellar reviews for his cooking, recently at Blackstone Steakhouse...

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Nick's Tuscan Grill in Mineola: First bites

Hot antipasto at Nick's Tuscan Grill in Mineola

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Nick's Tuscan Grill, which has a little to do with grilling and even less with things Tuscan, opens in Mineola as a friendly, satisfying spot for Italian-American specialties.

You may remember Nick's from Long Beach. The restaurant was severely damaged by superstorm Sandy, and relocated. It's on the corner that has hosted restaurants for decades, most recently Andiamo and most famously Altadonna.

Nick's...

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Harbor Bistro in East Hampton reopening

Harbor Bistro in East Hampton

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So, it looks and feels like late fall instead of early spring.

And did you get your taxes filed on time?

Before these facts start you ranting about TV meteorologists or the Alternative Minimum Tax, know that Harbor Bistro, the waterfront restaurant in East Hampton, is slated to open on Thursday, at 5 p.m. to be exact.

Chef Damien O'Donnell's New American kitchen sometimes seems...

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Sterling wines to highlight dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Wines from Sterling Vineyards will be poured at a tasting dinner April 16 at Vitae restaurant in Huntington

The cost is $70, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. The Wednesday dinner starts at  7 p.m. Sarah McLaury of Atlantic Wines & Spirits will be the guest speaker.

Pairings include the 2011 Sterling Napa Valley Chardonnay with crab salad; 2011 Sterling Carneros Pinot...

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'Mad Men' and Don Draper's old fashioned: Finding the cocktail on LI

16. Don Draper: Jon Hamm's "Mad Men" portrait-in-black

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The mixology of "Mad Men" takes in the Gibson and the Gimlet, the Manhattan and the screwdriver, the whiskey sour and the Tom Collins.

But the drink you most often envision Don Draper making and downing is an Old Fashioned.

It's a classic cocktail, one that lent its name to a specific glass. The drink is traditionally made with rye, but now just as often with bourbon.

The "Mr....

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