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LI restaurants that closed in 2011

Patrons dine at Trata restaurant in Roslyn. (Feb.

Patrons dine at Trata restaurant in Roslyn. (Feb. 5, 2011) Credit: Yana Paskova

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.

Two restaurants destroyed by fire were the 6-month-old Hunter's Grill in Glen Cove and the month-old XO Wine & Chocolate Bar in Huntington, which took with its building mate, Classy Coffee.

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.

Port Washington, hard-hit this year, also lost Rock-n-Sake, Vintage Port, Tava, Montebello and Shang Hai Pavilion, which may have been Long Island's last source of house-made soup dumplings.

The Albertson departure of Deli on Rye marked the loss of what's starting to look like a dying breed, the kosher deli.

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.

The long-standing Cafe Classico in Great Neck also closed, along with such old-timers as Da Ugo in Rockville Centre, Bella Vita City Grill in St. James and Silver Pheasant in Lindenhurst.

And Planet Bliss in Shelter Island has left the planet, though the two-toilet, no-partition rest room lives on at 18 Bay, the location's new tenant.

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