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Chadwick's, Rockville Centre: Chef becomes owner

Chef Art Gustafson

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Art Gustafson who, last year, took over as chef at Chadwick’s at the Station in Rockville Centre, just bought the restaurant. First thing he did was change the name to Chadwick’s American Chop House & Bar. And, Gustafson said, he is embarking on a remodeling process inside and out. Instead of closing the restaurant, though, he will be updating one room at a time. Come the warmer weather, he...

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Celeb chef Heather West departs Ciao Baby

Jellyfish chef Heather West, when she cooked at

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Heather West — the season 2 winner of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” — has bid arrivederci to Ciao Baby in Commack and Massapequa Park, where she was executive chef for over a year. She is now chef at Thatched Cottage, a catering venue in Centerport.

At Ciao Baby, co-owner Frank Cammarata is now back in charge of the kitchen. Cammarata said that he is sticking with the menu that he and West planned...

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La Piazza in Melville: The rush to capellini cakes

The fried capellini cakes at La Piazza in

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Perusing the lunch menu today at La Piazza in Melville, I was immediately drawn to the capellini cakes ($11), described as “golden-fried pasta cakes, stuffed with green peas, Parma prosciutto, mozzarella, over pink sauce.”

How could those be bad? They sound like the fried capellini balls at King Umberto in Elmont, one of the tastiest morsels on Long Island. I ordered the appetizer as soon...

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La Casa Cafe in Northport: Redecorated, reopened

After a winter under renovation, La Casa in

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It was a busy winter for Joe Celano, owner of La Casa Cafe at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport. Celano, along with two members of La Casa's crew, remodeled the interior of the restaurant without professional help. Now, said Celano, there’s a bigger waiting space as well as an expanded bar area with new hardwood floors. A 70-inch flat screen TV at the entryway plays a perpetual aquarium scene — unless...

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A sweet 'meatloaf' in Oyster Bay

"Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots" bread-pudding dessert

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Sometimes, things are not quite what they seem.

Pictured above: "meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots." It's a whimsical dessert at Jack Halyards in Oyster Bay. Chef John Brill constructs a chocolate-Heath bar-banana bread pudding, with vanilla ice cream and a brunoise of cantaloupe and kiwi. The gravy, of course, is warm chocolate sauce.

Visuals aside, it tastes good,...

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Sandy-slammed Rachel's in Freeport reopens tonight

Superstorm Sandy devastated the Nautical Mile in Freeport

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Rachel's Waterside Grill, one of the many restaurants on Freeport's Nautical Mile devastated by superstorm Sandy, reopens tonight.

Co-owner Ivan Sayles termed it a “soft opening,“ with a limited menu, as the staff returns to the reborn establishment. He expects the restaurant to have its “grand opening” on April 26. The renovated restaurant now sports a glass wall overlooking the water where...

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Great Neck Plaza Restaurant Week

LOLA, featuring the cuisine of chef Michael Ginor,

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It’s time for yet another Great Neck Plaza Restaurant Week. The event, which starts April 20 and runs until  April 27, features a $24.95 three-course prix-fixe dinner at a variety of local restaurants.

Among this year’s participants are Elaine’s Asian Bistro, Ethos, LOLA, Mykonos and Om Bistro.

For the full list, visit shopgreatneck.com.  ...

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Burger King has a new turkey burger

This is the new turkey burger being served

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The home of the Whopper has something novel coming off the grill — a turkey burger, introduced this spring and available for a limited time; a spokeswoman for Burger King was unable to say how long that would be.

I stopped into the Burger King in Farmingdale to try one and found it surprisingly good —  juicy and smoky and without that heavy gamy taste that often plagues such burgers....

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Cuzco Peru comes to Lynbrook

Exterior of the new Cuzco Peru in Lynbrook.

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New to Lynbrook is Cuzco Peru, the offshoot of an established Rego Park restaurant. The Peruvian eatery occupies the storefront space that briefly housed Las Esquinas and Five Corners Diner.

On the menu are such choices as a quarter marinated chicken served with salad and either rice and beans, green or sweet plantains or fried cassava ($8.50); a mixed seafood seviche ($15.75); lomo saltado,...

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This week’s restaurant reviews

Green curry with eggplant at Thai Coconut in

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In this week’s Newsday, Joan Reminick cracks open Thai Coconut, “a simply but tastefully appointed little restaurant just steps from the LIRR station in Wantagh. Hop off the train and within minutes, you can be communing with a bowl of sour-spicy tom yum goong that's rife with plump shrimp.”

Peter Gianotti reviews Il Luogo, the new Italian spot in Lynbrook whose “executive chef, Marco Jara,...

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