A big hit from the Japanese fry basket is tempura, wherein chicken, seafood and/or vegetables are dipped in batter and deep-fried to a fluffy crunch. These local restaurants serve tempura worthy of your chopsticks.

HEIKE SUSHI

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The kitchen at this trim little strip mall spot sends forth perfectly fried shrimp and vegetable tempura that crackles when bitten. 

1163 Old Country Rd., Plainview, 516-433-5333, heikesushi.com

OSAKA

Both the shrimp and the vegetable tempura at this friendly strip mall spot come out crunchy and greaseless, bespeaking a kitchen that understands the art of frying.

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99-8 Rte. 25A, Shoreham, 631-821-1688, osakashorehamny.com

MERRICK SUSHI BAR & TEA

Chicken, shrimp and vegetable tempura are crisp and appealing at this Japanese restaurant that also features tofu tempura as an appetizer.  

2171 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-868-0882, sushiandtea.com

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ZAZA JAPAN ASIAN BISTRO & HIBACHI

One of the top items at this flashy fusion spot is its chicken and vegetable tempura, admirably light and crunchy.

4000 Jericho Tpke., East Northport, 631-499-3900, zazajapan.com