The 10 best New American restaurants on Long Island

"New American" cooking took root in the fertile ground of California and the imagination of chefs such as Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck. Since the 1980s, it has spread nationwide. There are few rules in this contemporary kitchen except a devotion to the fresh and seasonal, the local and the artisanal. The result has revolutionized what's on the table at restaurants across the country, as well as on Long Island. Here are Newsday's top 10 New American restaurants. The favorite: The Lake House in Bay Shore. — PETER M. GIANOTTI/peter.gianotti@newsday.com and JOAN REMINICK/joan.reminick@newsday.com

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