Here are some of 2018's most notable closings.
Hush Bistro, Huntington: This eatery abruptly shut its doors in December, bringing to a close a four-year saga of shifting locations and personnel. Marc Bynum, three-time champion on Food Network's "Chopped," opened the original Hush Bistro in Farmingdale and left the Huntington location in June.
Jema, Huntington: This elegant, three-level restaurant owned by Miracle Mop mogul Joy Mangano, closed less than two years after its ballyhooed opening. It received 3 1⁄2 stars in Newsday and was named the top fine dining restaurant of 2016.
Ciao Baby, Commack: The family-style Italian restaurant known for its gargantuan portions and rollicking vibe closed for a renovation of its interior and menu. It eventually reopened under a new name as Prato 850.
Lombardi's on the Sound
Lombardi's on the Sound, Port Jefferson: This North Shore offspring of Mamma Lombardi's in Holbrook and Lombardi's on the Bay in Patchogue, closed after serving southern Italian specialties for 15 years.
Fado, Huntington: Huntington's sole Portuguese restaurant closed after seven years. It brought nouveau Portuguese cuisine to the village with dishes such as caldo verde soup, bacalhãu a bras (salt cod tossed with potato, onions, eggs, olives and herbs) and roasted chicken with piri-piri cream sauce.
Barto, Roslyn: This grand restaurant that took more than 10 years to build, closed after less than two years of serving eclectic food in a lavish setting. The 140-seat Barto was a passion project with no detail too small, including a dining room accented in reds and purples and a grand ruby-red Venetian chandelier.
Luce, East Norwich: This airy, stylish Italian restaurant closed after seven years in business. Luce prepared fine cavatelli Bolognese, rigatoni alla Norma, lobster risotto and more.
Dave’s Gone Fishing
Dave's Gone Fishing, Montauk: This popular and respected Long Island seafood restaurant with striking sunset views didn't reopen for the 2018 season. It first opened in 2016 at the former site of Fishbar.
Empress Diner, East Meadow: This family-owned diner closed after 63 years in business. It reigned locally offering everything from pancakes and waffles, to chicken Parmigiana and prime rib.
One Block East
One Block East, Wantagh: This 3-year-old burger and barbecue spot closed in May and was replaced by Dirty Taco + Tequila, a new eatery with a "street taco" menu and tequila-heavy bar.
Union Prime Steak & Sushi
Union Prime Steak & Sushi, Great Neck: This eatery on Long Island's "steak row" closed three years after earning 2.5 stars for its updated surf and turf selections. It was known for porterhouse and rib-eye steaks for two, three or four diners; Kansas City strip steak; and filet mignon; as well as colorful sushi rolls and traditional sushi.
Zum Schneider, Montauk: This Bavarian-themed restaurant, which was an offspring of the East Village eatery, closed after six years. It featured an upbeat style suitable for a beer garden, live music, backless benches, many wursts and the brews to drink with them.
Aria Melanie, Bay Shore: This eatery, which opened in July 2016, graced Newsday's Top 10 Italian list its first year in business. In 2018 it closed and reopened as Bella Vie.
Kitchen A Bistro
Kitchen A Bistro, St. James: This groundbreaking eatery, which served ambitious, seasonal cuisine in casual surroundings, closed after 20 years in business.
Ristorante Da Claudio
Ristorante Da Claudio, Glen Cove: This Italian-continental restaurant, known for fine service and dishes, closed after four years. It was one of the last major Italian-continental restaurants on Long Island.
Artie's South Shore Fish Market and Grill
Artie's South Shore Fish Market and Grill, Island Park: This top Long Island seafood restaurant, in business for decades, closed a year and a half after the death of its founder. It was both a restaurant and one of Long Island's best fish markets.
Joe’s Garage and Grill
Joe's Garage and Grill, Riverhead: This barbecue joint, which once earned a three-star rating and spot on Newsday's Top 100 restaurant list, closed in March.
Antonette's East Hills
Antonette's East Hills, Roslyn Heights: This Italian restaurant-catering hall that opened in 2012 closed when it was seized by the State of New York for nonpayment of taxes.
North Fork Bacon & Smokehouse
North Fork Bacon & Smokehouse, Wading River: This cult favorite barbecue restaurant closed after four years in business. In addition to bacon, the shop smoked ribs, brisket, beef short ribs and more.
Caci North Fork
Caci North Fork, Southold: Newsday's top Italian restaurant for 2018 closed for the season in October. Since it opened four years ago in Southold, it has been a fixture on our Top 100 list, thanks to chef Marco Pellegrini's contemporary take on traditional Italian cuisine.
Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse
Black & Blue Seafood Chophouse, Huntington: This fish and steakhouse, which occupied the prime spot in the town's Village Square shopping center since 2008 closed in October.
Primal Roots Organic Cafe
Primal Roots Organic Cafe, Smithtown: This cafe, which served dishes based on the paleo diet and used mostly certified organic ingredients, closed after four months in business.
The Crispy Pig
The Crispy Pig, Sea Cliff: This exuberant gastropub, which opened in 2016, closed and was sold to Roberto Occhipinti, a well-traveled chef who served as sous chef at Huntington's late, lamented Jema.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Farmingdale: This Hooters competitor closed its only Long Island location after 13 months in business. Its 5,450 square feet of space was manned by female servers (called "entertainers" by the chain) in tartan push-up bikini tops and mini-kilts, who served beers, burgers and sandwiches in the glow of 45 large-screen televisions. Kilt-clad men ("kilt guys") filled a few supporting roles as bartenders, barbacks and busboys.