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SOUTHERN SPICE CHETTINAD CUISINE, New Hyde Park: When chef-owner Sridhar Rathinam relocated his Southern Indian restaurant from Flushing to New Hyde Park, Long Islanders struck it rich. While surroundings may be nondescript, the cuisine of the Chettinad region goes off like firecrackers. Flavors pop on the palate. There's sly fire in the incendiary lamb chops; subtlety characterizes the light Kerala crabcakes. Silky-textured goat brain masala is a revelation; so, too, is egg biryani, a signature rice dish. The roseate pepper-rimmed tandoori duck counts as a triumph.(Credit: Johnny Simon)

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The 10 best Asian restaurants on Long Island

We have selected the very best Asian restaurants on Long Island, a grouping that takes in Chinese, Indian and Thai. Of these 10 best, we've singled out Southern Spice in New Hyde Park as our overall Asian favorite. --JOAN REMINICK and PETER M. GIANOTTI