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The week's restaurant reviews

Co-owner and chef Toni Clifton cooks Cajun salmon

Co-owner and chef Toni Clifton cooks Cajun salmon cakes at Pretty Toni's Caf� in Valley Stream. (Nov. 17, 2012) (Credit: Alessandro Vecchi)

Joan Reminick can’t argue with the restaurant’s name, Pretty Toni’s: “Chef and co-owner Toni Clifton is undeniably attractive.” But she’s equally taken with Clifton's “passion, heart and skill” at this Valley Stream spot that features a “nontraditional version of soul food” that avoids “pork products and large quantities of fat and sugar.”

Peter Gianotti visits Wansuapona Musu in Sea Cliff, which “looks as if it has been imported to the suburbs from an imaginary SoHo, equal parts cozy and exotic.” The restaurant is, he writes, “Long Island’s true mini-Nobu, a fanciful and very satisfying nouveau Japanese spot.”

Toni Clifton mans the stove at her restaurant Pretty Toni's
 

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