Long Island has seen more than its share of restaurant departures in 2011, many due, no doubt, to the harsh economic climate.
We're down a few big-time showplaces, such as the pan-Asian Dao in Huntington and Stone Turtle in Island Park, an ambitious gastro pub. Trata in Roslyn, an elegant Greek dining spot, lasted two years, its lower-priced offspring, Kalamaki, a few months. And the splashy Table 9 in East Hills is just a memory.
Other restaurants that didn't quite last a year were Mrs. Brown's Kitchen & Grill in Kings Park, Aminia of Calcutta in Hicksville, Trattachino in Wantagh, Yesterday's Cafe in Bay Shore, Southside Fish & Clam in Commack and Ay Que Rico in Port Washington.
It was time to say goodbye to Roots, a quirky farm-to-table restaurant in Sea Cliff. Campagnola is gone from Commack, the oddball Dom & Luigi's Smoke House didn't last in Syosset. Gone from Great Neck are the kosher Tel Aviv and its non-kosher successor, Anise. The coffee shop-gone-gastro, Upper Crust Cafe in Garden City, counts as another casualty. So do Martoni's in East Northport, Tova in Syosset and Epiphany in Glen Cove.