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Mini meatballs au poivre are served in a peppercorn cognac sauce at Meridian Kitchen restaurant in Locust Valley. (Dec. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

Whether you want to eat lightly or prefer sampling a bunch of different dishes instead of being confined to just one plate, these are our favorite small-portion menu items on Long Island.

Mini-meatballs in peppercorn-Cognac sauce at Meridian Kitchen, 23 Birch Hill Rd., Locust Valley; 516-676-2620, meridiankitchen.com

Octopus salad with potatoes and scallions at Fado, 10 New St., Huntington; 631-351-1010

Lobster croquettes with Belgian vegetable slaw at Waterzooi, 850 Franklin Ave., Garden City; 516-877- 2177, waterzooi.com

Duck salad with chilies, ground cashews, onion and fresh apple at Sarin Thai, 43 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale; 516-484- 5873, sarinthaicuisine.com

Torta primavera of crepes, vegetables, cheese and cured meats at Arturo's, 246-04 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park; 516- 352-7418, arturorestaurant.com

Porcini-mushroom risotto with white-truffle oil at Café Red, 107 Main St., Kings Park; 631-544-4500, caferedli.com

Kobe-beef sliders with Cheddar, onions, pickles and horseradish mayo at Sip City, 16 Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck; 516-482-1500, sipcity.net

Tuna pizza with cilantro, avocado and citrus glaze at Blue Fish, 828 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville; 516-605-0655, bluefishli.com

Baccalà, or salt-cod, on arugula salad at King Umberto, 1343 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; 516-352-3232, kingumberto.com

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