Peter Gianotti of Newsday

Our favorite new upscale restaurants of 2010

Originally published: December 29, 2010 2:30 PM

It was a year of big closings and small plates. The economy’s sting, however, didn’t prevent a surprising number of first-class restaurants from opening. In this environment, it was an excellent year for newcomers.

Here are the top 10 of 2010.


1. Luce & Hawkins

FOOD 3 1/2 stars

400 S. Jamesport Ave., Jamesport, 631-722-2900,

COST $$$-$$$$

SERVICE Excellent

AMBIENCE Excellent

Chef Keith Luce returned to his native North Fork from restaurants that included The Herbfarm outside Seattle and PlumpJack Cafe in San Francisco. He has transformed the dining rooms of the Jedediah Hawkins Inn into locavore central, with meticulously prepared New American food. The menu changes regularly. The quality doesn’t. Recommended: poached lobster with “lobster froth,” a pairing of near-lacquered pork belly and smoked pork tenderloin, pastrami-cured smoked bluefish, more.

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