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TOP PICK - THE LAKE HOUSE, Bay Shore: Cozy, charming, elegant and pretty lively, too, The Lake House stands out for its waterside setting, delicious food and overall experience. Credit Eileen and Matthew Connors -- they are co-owners, he's the chef. Enjoy the pairing of crisp Long Island duck breast and house-made duck-and-fruit sausage in Port-cherry sauce; pan-seared tilefish with truffled smashed potatoes, braised leeks and mushroom emulsion; red-wine braised Painted Hills beef with roasted parsnips; the Berkshire pork chop with red-wine braised shallots; and desserts such as the blood-orange cheesecake with candied orange zest and the warm Bartlett pear crisp.(Credit: Doug Young)

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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