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TOP PICK: MONSOON, Babylon: Monsoon was the best high-end restaurant to open on Long Island last year: bold, inventive cooking in a setting to match. A stone, high-ceiling, former Bank of Babylon building houses it. Chef Michael Wilson defines it. Outstanding dumplings and steamed buns, stirring "shaking beef," a tour-de-force kung pao monkfish with a Sichuan-chile glaze, "caramel" pork with shallots and garlic, a kimchee pancake, yellowfin tuna spring roll, "millionaire's" curried crab, and General Tso's chicken that earns its rank are among the winners. Excellent cocktails, attentive service and visually a performance.(Credit: Doug Young)

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The 10 best Asian fusion restaurants on Long Island

Asian fusion, the most recent trendlet to ripple across Long Island, often reminds you of a combo plate, with a little for everyone. Sometimes, it seems like an insurance policy for a risk-averse kitchen. But to work, Asian fusion must be more than a mishmash of cuisines. And there are dining rooms where the twain truly meet. Here are 10. The favorite: Monsoon in Babylon. --PETER M. GIANOTTI/peter.gianotti@newsday.com and JOAN REMINICK/joan.reminick@newsday.com

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