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Chadwicks in Rockville Centre, first bites

Prime rib is a special at Chadwicks American

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Chadwicks has lost an apostrophe and gained an identity.

Chadwicks American Chop House & Bar is downtown Rockville Centre's newest destination restaurant. It's situated opposite the railroad station and in the mainstream of Long Island dining.

To judge by the weekend crowds, Chadwicks already is well above the radar. Executive chef Art Gustafson, who now owns the restaurant, is doing...

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Lemon Ice King of Corona comes to Huntington

Lemon Ice King of Corona.

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When the weather warms up, cheese isn’t the first thing you crave. So Ideal Cheese of Huntington is bringing in seasonal reinforcements, in the form of Italian ice. The 10-month-old shop, inside Huntington’s Crushed Olive oil-and-vinegar boutique, is now scooping up cups of Italian ice from the Lemon Ice King of Corona, a Queens institution.

“We only brought in five flavors,” said Ideal’s...

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Italian food classics come to Long Beach

Villagio is the Long Beach offshoot of a

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Villagio, the Long Beach offshoot of a decade-old Whitestone restaurant, is now serving a menu of Italian classics from family recipes. 

The restaurant got off to a bumpy start. As owner Dominick Loccisano tells it, he bought the place 10 days before superstorm Sandy hit. “We were flooded and then had to renovate.” The restaurant opened in December.

Along with a roster of brick...

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Cocktail hour at The Cuddy in Sag Harbor

At The Cuddy in Sag Harbor, the Gentleman's

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At The Cuddy, Sag Harbor’s new gastropub, beverage director Derek Nielsen has created a menu of delicious “handcrafted” cocktails to go with chef Gilberto Chico’s refined comfort food. Look for drinks made with fresh juices, artisanal bitters, house-made maraschino cherries and flavored syrups.

The Lucia Margarita ($12), with jalapeno-infused Reposado tequila, has just the right balance of...

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Hibachi and sushi roll into Lynbrook

This is the new Lumix in Lynbrook. (Undated)

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Lumix Hibachi & Sushi Lounge has taken over the Lynbrook space that, for years, housed Pizzeria Uno. Some of Lumix's owners are also partners at Xaga in Merrick and Hewlett.

From the sushi bar come such items as tuna tataki ($10), a yellowtail jalapeño roll ($6), a Sunrise roll fashioned of spicy tuna with tempura flakes and avocado ($12) and a sushi regular combo platter ($18). Kitchen...

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Spring blooms at Jedediah in Jamesport

Spring vegetables are served as a side dish,

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There's spring in the step and on the menu at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport.

New chef Lia Fallon, formerly of Amarelle in Wading River, has fashioned a delicious seasonal menu at the landmark house.

From delectable spring vegetables, fine as a side order or with asta for a genuinely local primavera, to an asparagus-ricotta-and-olive flatbread, lobster-and-shrimp fritters, crisp...

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Kitchen A Bistro: Reservations welcomed in St. James

Orto, a newly opened rustic Italian restaurant in

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Eric Lomando has always had reservations about reservations. None of the chef’s three Suffolk County restaurants — Kitchen A Bistro and Kitchen A Trattoria in St. James, Orto in Miller Place — has ever accepted them for weeknight dinners. But about a month ago, Lomando changed course and now accepts bookings either by phone, at the website kitchenabistro.com or through Open Table.

The no-credit-card...

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Ferraris and more at Insignia in Smithtown

Insignia Prime Steak and Sushi, located in Smithtown,

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The parking lot at Insignia, the glittery Smithtown steak house, is used to fancy cars. On May 16, there will be even more vroom vroom.

The restaurant is slated to host an "exotic car show"  on Thursday, featuring grand marques such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche, plus a live DJ.

There's no charge to attend the event, which goes from ...

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Long Island restaurant reviews: this week's picks

John Brill is the new chef at Jack

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In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti reviews the revamped and retooled Jack Halyards American Bar & Grill in Oyster Bay. Under the assured direction of chef John Brill, “the successor to Fiddleheads, a seafood house, expands the repertoire in this dimly lit stretch of downtown Oyster Bay. Once more, there's life north of Main Street.”

Joan Reminick visits Maxwell’s in Islip, a boisterous...

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New and Turkish in Mount Sinai

Kebabs at the new Mavi Grill & Deli

Mavi Grill & Deli brings the fare of Turkey and the Mediterranean to Mount Sinai. The table-service restaurant is owned by a married couple — native Long Islander Lauren Iaria-Kola and Turkish-born Tuncay (T.J.) Kola; the two originally met in California.

On the menu: Mavi delight for two, with hummus, falafel, babaghanoush, grape leaves, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives and pita ($9.95);...

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