Joining the ranks of this year’s departed is Upper Crust Cafe in Garden City, an ambitious spot that received two stars from Newsday back in 2009. Although it began life as a coffee shop, the place never stopped evolving. Chef co-owner Nicholas Lucchesi termed it a “progressive American restaurant."
Lucchesi, with his wife and partner, Ashley Lemire, added an impressive wine list as well as outdoor seating. Standouts in Lucchesi’s repertoire included lobster and truffle mac ‘n cheese and rice pudding crème brûlée.
Above: Chef Nicholas Lucchesi at Upper Crust Cafe, Garden City, during better times