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ARA, New Hyde Park: A spacious and well-appointed
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ARA, New Hyde Park: A spacious and well-appointed nexus for both Japanese and Korean food. Lunch is an especially good deal. The food: The banchan, the gratis small plates that precede a meal, here is large and lavish enough to count as a mini-meal; there are vegetables, noodles, even fish. And a gratis dish of steamed egg alone counts as a major draw. Still, you do want to have room for the meal. Some prime choices: a first-rate dumpling soup, a fine hot-stone bibimbap with soft tofu stew on the side, spicy grilled chicken thigh, jap chae (clear noodles) and pajeon, seafood-scallion pancakes. (Aug. 26, 2013)(Credit: Barbara Alper)

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Korean restaurants on Long Island

Finding a Korean restaurant on Long Island can be a challenge. In fact, you can count on your fingers the number of restaurants serving the food of Korea, which, sometimes shows up in conjunction with a Japanese repertoire. These spots will more than satisfy. -- JOAN REMINICK / joan.reminick@newsday.com & ERICA MARCUS / erica.marcus@newsday.com