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Open in Blue Point: Amara Kitchen & Cocktails

Amara Kitchen & Cocktails takes over the Blue

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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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Whiskey-theme dinner at Vitae in Huntington

Vitae restaurant and wine bar is on the

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Whiskey is the beverage to be served at a Dec. 3 dinner at Vitae in Huntington.

The guest speaker, Javier Morcelo, is a whiskey expert from Michter's Distillery. The cost of executive chef Steven Del Lima's four-course dinner, with a Michter's whiskey accompanying each course, is $90, plus tax and tip. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

On the menu: orange-caramel BBQ glazed "pork wings" with cabbage,...

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Open in Rockville Centre: Freshark Juice Bar & Grill

The new Freshark Juice Bar & Grill in

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A sustainable farm-to-table sensibility defines the new Freshark Juice Bar & Grill, which opened in the vacated Rockville Centre digs of Plaza Seafood. The counter-serve spot, built with repurposed wood and fixtures, is all about healthy eating, serving three squares a day. Meat and poultry are antibiotic- and hormone-free; produce is locally sourced when possible. And everything is cooked to...

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Historic Thanksgiving foods in Mineola

Thomas Jefferson painting by Charles Wilson Peale in


Get a taste of Thanksgivings past with Libby O’Connell, chief historian of the History Channel and author of “The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites” (Sourcebooks). On Nov. 20, O’Connell will be on the steps of Mineola’s old county courthouse to talk about her book while offering samples of Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for macaroni and cheese, Brunswick stew and oysters (which she calls...

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Open in Wantagh: Mac N' Pizza

Mac N' Pizza is a sliver of counter-serve

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You can get downright cheesy at Wantagh’s new Mac N’ Pizza, a sliver of a counter-serve eatery focusing on pizzas and mac and cheese combinations, with a smattering of soups, salads and sandwiches. You'll find the place tucked into a corner of the same strip mall that houses Snaps American Bistro.

On the menu: Magherita pizza ($15.75 for 16-inch, $6.95 for 9-inch), chicken alla vodka pizza...

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Learn to cook Turkish fare

Guvec, or Turkish stew, is one of the

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If reminiscing about the last time you dined at a Turkish restaurant makes you hungry, the time may be right to learn to cook this kind of food at home. The Turkish Cultural Center of Long Island is offering cooking classes on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and, subsequently, on Dec. 4 and Dec. 18. Classes are $25 each and may feature such dishes as guvec (a Turkish stew), fried cauliflower and Turkish...

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Where Long Island Restaurant Week continues

Diners sit under a tropical painting hung on

(Credit: Kirsten Luce, 2009)

For those who can’t get enough of Long Island Restaurant Week's $27.95 prix-fixe,  here are five dining spots that have decided to extend the deal awhile. Some of these places offer it only Sunday to Thursday, so be sure to call ahead for the hours it's available.

In Massapequa Park, Il Classico Restaurant & Caterers has extended its deal indefinitely. Il Classico is at 4857 Merrick...

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Open in Bay Shore: Verde Kitchen & Cocktails

Verde Kitchen and Cocktails in Bay Shore offers

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You can pick a poblano or jalapeño pepper right out of a nearby planter if you're seated in the greenhouse/dining room of the new Verde Kitchen & Cocktails in Bay Shore. The Mexican restaurant opened in the renovated space that last housed Five Star, a Honduran restaurant. Owner Anthony Tartaglia said that he and his brother Andrew conceived the place to serve authentic and traditional Mexican...

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J. Michaels in Northport closed for now

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse in Northport.

(Credit: Newsday, 2011 / Joan Reminick)

J. Michaels Tuscan Steakhouse, one of Newsday's Top 100 restaurants, is  closed. Co-owner Vincent P. Michaels said he expects the restaurant to reopen with a revised, lower-priced menu and a new chef by Dec. 1.

Michaels plans to add less costly items to the $$$-$$$$ list, including smaller cuts of steak and family-style main courses. The Oyster Bay branch of J. Michaels, named by Newsday...

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Eighth chef exits Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport

The Jedediah Hawkins Inn and Restaurant in Jamesport.

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The eighth chef in as many years has exited the Jedediah Hawkins Inn.

Craig Attwood, who started cooking at the Jamesport landmark earlier this year, has "moved on," said inn manager Collin Keillor. He added that no replacement has been named.

After an extensive renovation, the historic, Italianate-Victorian house was reborn as the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in 2006. Initially, it hosted a...

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