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Do you love Asian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Asian cuisine in Long Island. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Long Island restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like The Orient, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like East by Northeast. We also point out good neighborhoods for Asian restaurants in Long Island - Hicksville, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!


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Lemonleaf Grill


This fine Thai establishment is a true study of contrasts – after all, places this trendy are usually found only in the big city. The owners have gone the extra mile to give Hicksville residents a place to feel cosmopolitan while enjoying traditional Thai dishes like basil chicken with peppers, onions, and chili paste or grilled prawns Bangkok-style with a legendary chili sauce. As for decor, the main dining room features contrasting green and white tones that provide a graceful backdrop for artwork. A truly unique scene.

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Sarin Thai


This friendly Greenvale eatery has satisfied area appetites for a number of years now, and you won't hear anything but praise from the strong contingent of regulars. The kitchen serves all the traditional suspects, from curries to pad Thai. Order with caution, though, especially if you're a newbie – Thai dishes can lean strongly to the spicy side. In 2002, the owners moved to newer, more stylish digs. Reservations are suggested but not necessary.

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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 techniques. Sample menu items include filet mignon and scallops with wasabi potato spring roll, five spice grilled chicken with pad thai noodles, and charred ahi tuna with avocado and tomato wasabi vinaigrette. 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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Seeda Thai


Folks living near the Queens border don't have to venture far to enjoy authentic Thai food, thanks to Seeda Thai, which draws strong reviews for tasty cuisine and terrific prices. Added pluses are a friendly waitstaff willing to go the extra yard and a subdued setting, which allows patrons to dine and chat in relative peace. Exotic fare peppers the menu – how do pan-fried frog legs, sautéed calamari with Thai basil leaves, or green curry chicken with eggplant and fresh chili sound? If you're a first-timer, have no fear: servers are more than willing to help find a dish to suit your palate.

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East by Northeast


ENE, as regulars call it, has a status as one of Montauk's more fashionable eateries. Sleek, Eastern-influenced decor is punctuated by stained woods, earth tones, and a heavy reliance on geometric shapes, from rectangular archways and windows to curved booths and tables. A word to the wise: when you call for reservations, request a table overlooking the water – views are nothing short of stunning. Among the alluring dinner entrees are pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with yuzu truffle sauce, wok-roasted sea scallops with citrus soy sauce, and rosemary-ginger grilled porterhouse with tempura onion rings. If you arrive early, cool your heels in the comfortable bar area.

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Levittown
Fortune Wheel


Don't let the shopping center locale deter you from trying this Levittown fave, because folks flock to it for dim sum and other traditional Chinese eats, like General Tso's chicken, sweet and sour pork, and Peking duck. Plus, as the large saltwater tank indicates, Fortune Wheel specializes in fresh fish and seafood. A casual setting and inexpensive prices combine to make this an ideal place to bring the entire family.

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Greenvale
Hunan Taste


Contemporary and refined, this Greenvale restaurant has been serving fine Chinese cuisine to the North Shore crowd for more than two decades now. In addition to tasty fare, Hunan Taste also gets rave reviews for friendly service. Menu highlights include sautéed Hunan lamb with seasoned vegetables, citrus prawns with fresh pineapple, and fillet of sole with ginger, scallions, and white wine sauce. Tasting dinners and takeout selections are available as well. Reservations are suggested.

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The Orient


A favorite among the local Chinese community, the Orient draws crowds with its tasty, authentic fare. Tantalizing dishes range from sliced pork with cashews to whole fried flounder to tangerine chicken. Be sure not to miss the weekend dim sum's bountiful array of dumplings, seafood and other savory bites. Friendly service makes everyone feel at home.

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