Chadwicks in Rockville Centre, first bites

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Prime rib is a special at Chadwicks American

Prime rib is a special at Chadwicks American Chop House & Bar in Rockville Centre. (May 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Peter Gianotti

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The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

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.

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To judge by the weekend crowds, Chadwicks already is well above the radar. Executive chef Art Gustafson, who now owns the restaurant, is doing a fine job keeping it there, too.

He prepares a generous, juicy, well-seasoned  prime rib. Precede it with "tango tango shrimp," Gustafson's updating of the shrimp cocktail, with tempura-style shellfish, salsa and sweet chile sauce. The English trifle  tastes more like a reshapened birthday cake than the boozy version, but it's good, too.

Chadwicks American Chop House & Bar, 49 Front St., Rockville Centre; 516-766-7800.

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