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Robinson's Tea Room


This lovely Victorian-style home offers as authentic a teatime as you'll likely find on Long Island. Guests enjoy traditional treats like homemade scones, finger sandwiches, chocolate-covered strawberries, and Devonshire cream. Quality English teas and professional service add to the place's appeal, making patrons feel as if they're headed to Notting Hill for an afternoon treat. In addition, Robinson's prepares terrific luncheons and delectable desserts. Twenty-four hour advance reservations are a must.

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Green Cactus Grill


Look for a neat stacked-stone facade as you travel down Jericho Turnpike, and do yourself a favor: stop in for a bite to eat. Eldest sibling of the Green Cactus family, this place has long been one of the area's top Mexican restaurants. What's behind the success? For starters, they use only fresh ingredients, and everything is cooked to order. How fresh can fresh be? Marinate in this: you won't find a single appliance in the place – not a freezer, not a microwave, not a can opener! Taste the results in a burrito, taco, or quesadilla, and be sure to order a side of guac – some things can't be missed.

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Babylon
Kotobuki


Contrary to what you may have read in Sunday school, all is not lost in Babylon. Its saving grace, in this instance, is sushi. Inside this inventive little eatery, the chefs are not afraid to experiment. This fact becomes apparent when you glance at the menu, which features colorfully-named items like the UFO Roll and the McRoll (don't worry, fastfood naysayers, it's made with mackerel!). Seating is limited, so it's best to arrive early, especially on weekends.

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Benten


When the need for sushi hits, this friendly Miller Place restaurant is just what the doctor ordered. Here, patrons appease their cravings for food touched with wasabi and soy, courtesy of a skilled kitchen. Fresh ingredients go into each dish, whether it's nigiri, sashimi, or a hot entree. Courteous service and an unassuming atmosphere make it easy to hang out and enjoy the experience for a few hours.

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Kurofune Japanese Restaurant


This Commack gem hits homeruns from both sides of the plate, so to speak, thanks to spectacular sushi and well-portioned hot entrees. The understated interior reveals a touch of minimalism: indigo walls, light-stained woods, and modest pieces of original Japanese art. Immensely popular are the lunchbox specials – great deals and, with seaweed salad and a handful of maki rolls, more than enough food for one person. Takeout orders are available.

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The Living Room @ c/o The Maidstone


Exclusive East Hampton, with its diverse collection of art galleries and high-end boutiques, provides the setting for this unique restaurant, located in an elegant 17th-century inn. The Living Room @ c/o The Maidstone offers the finest in Old World pampering, thanks to a beautiful waterside setting and decor that is tastefully elegant yet comfortable. The innovative menu from executive chef James Carpenter offers local organic culinary fare complemented by an excellent wine list. Indeed, the Maidstone's chefs haven't escaped the discerning eyes of publications like "Wine Spectator" in recent years. The seasonal menus also never fail to earn high marks from critics and patrons alike. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are strongly encouraged.

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Curry Club


As the name no doubt suggests, this joint specializes in exotic Indian fare, from curries and kebabs to handmade naan. Friendly service and a low-key, casual setting make the place popular with lunch crowds – of course, the delicious buffet and reasonable prices don't hurt either. If you're in the mood for some kick, go with a special curry, like Chicken Chili Chili (batter-fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce, tomatoes, onions, and green peppers). Several vegetarian dishes are available as well.

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Baang Café & Bar


The innovative fare that makes up this Eastern-inspired menu includes selections that tastefully blend the refinement of Asian cuisine with French culinary technique. Main dishes range from the familiar (Peking duck with wasabi pancakes) to the exotic (Empire steak with thyme soy and blue cheese potato croquettes). The atmosphere is New York-chic and full of energy, and the waitstaff radiates an offbeat demeanor. Indeed, Baang successfully blends style and substance as one of LI's more unique dining experiences.

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Piccolo


Piccolo is billed as delivering fabulous Italian fare with a heavy splash of American flair, but it's so much more than that. For starters, the dining room features contemporary decor and relies heavily on European influences, from its rich woodwork and mahogany bar to smartly appointed, candle-lit tables. From there, the impressive wine list and sterling menu steal the show, as do dishes like pan-seared striped bass with orange-ginger broth and Long Island duck with sun-dried cherry demi-glace. If you intend to impress, this is the place to do it. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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Thomas's Ham & Eggery


Pay close attention as you're cruising down Old Country Road near Carle Place, or you'll likely drive right by this friendly roadside diner without a second glance. If that's the case, you've truly done your morning appetite a disservice, because the Ham and Eggery has been a Nassau County stalwart since before World War II. From hearty egg skillets prepared any way you like to Belgian waffles and French toast smothered in rich maple syrup, this little slice of Americana is sure to rank high on your list.

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