This weeks restaurant reviews

Adam Pitre, a veteran of Ruvo in Greenlawn Adam Pitre, a veteran of Ruvo in Greenlawn and Chop Shop in Smithtown, is the chef at Five.Five 2 in St. James. (Jan. 25, 2013) Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

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In this weeks Newsday, Peter M. Gianotti reviews Five. Five. 2 in St. James, a restaurant so confident and convincing that youll start using 5-5-2 as lottery numbers. In the space that used to be Os Food and Wine Bar, chef Adam Pitre makes stylish plates, small and large.

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Joan Reminick visits Mermaid Asian Bistro in Ronkonkoma. In a Long Island restaurant pool already swimming with hybrid Asian dining spots, its a cut above.

If youre still thinking about where to celebrate Valentines Day, weve compiled a list of some of Long Islands most swoon-worthy chocolate restaurant desserts, from the classic chocolate souffle at Stresa in Manhasset to the innovative chocolate trio at Roots Bistro Gourmand in West Islip, which incorporates chocolate pot de creme, Stumptown espresso, molten-chocolate cake and white-chocolate ice cream. Wait, isnt that a chocolate quartet?

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