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This week’s restaurant reviews

Hemisphere's bar-lounge area is an upbeat spot that

Hemisphere's bar-lounge area is an upbeat spot that has live music playing on most nights. (March 30, 2013) Credit: Barbara Alper

In this week’s Newsday, Peter Gianotti visits Hemisphere in Bay Shore, a self-described “bar-lounge-restaurant” which “comes across in exactly that order. The stylized, upbeat spot livens up nightlife in Bay Shore with high-decibel music and high-octane beverages.” The kitchen is under the direction of Jeffery Slade (most recently at Madison’s on Hillside in Williston Park) whose “carefully manicured dishes sometimes seem part of an extended, elaborate cocktail hour.”

Joan Reminick reviews Ko Gu Ryo, the latest Korean restaurant to occupy this free-standing building in Commack. Owner Gyeong Hee Moon, she writes, “is a virtual whirlwind, greeting you warmly, showing you to your table, taking your order and — since she is also executive chef — disappearing regularly into the kitchen.”

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