Chadwicks in Rockville Centre, first bites

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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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 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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