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Price doesn't always equate to quality, and plenty of LI restaurants prove that point with their creative approaches, authenticity and quality ingredients.

Our food staff is always on the hunt for a top-notch meal that comes with a low price tag. Here are the latest Cheap Eats restaurants we've reviewed.

Cafe Bethel

Cafe Bethel, Freeport: Cafe Bethel features a
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Cafe Bethel, Freeport: Cafe Bethel features a "goliath" taco that immigrated from a small mountain town in the Honduras to this Central American restaurant in Freeport.

Basil Cafe & Restaurant

Basil Cafe & Restaurant, St. James: This resurrection
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Basil Cafe & Restaurant, St. James: This resurrection of the beloved Zar Cafe retains the same charming ambience, with dishes that exude complex layers of spice.

Choopan Grill

Choopan Grill, Selden: Afghan family recipes passed down
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Choopan Grill, Selden: Afghan family recipes passed down from generation to generation are the highlight at this eatery.

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Kabayan Grill

Kabayan Grill, East Meadow: Housed in an former
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Kabayan Grill, East Meadow: Housed in an former Taco Bell, the bright, no-frills Kabayan Grill joins the handful of Filipino eateries on Long Island offering staples such as lechon, sisig, lumpia and siningang.

Swell Taco

Swell Taco, Patchogue: It's all about the surf-centric
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Swell Taco, Patchogue: It's all about the surf-centric vibe at the second location of Swell Taco, an offshoot of the Babylon eatery.

Olde Trading Post Tavern

Olde Trading Post Tavern, New Hyde Park: This
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Olde Trading Post Tavern, New Hyde Park: This new neighborhood tavern specializes in old-fashioned hospitality.

Henley's Village Tavern

Henley's Village Tavern, Brightwaters: This new gastropub in
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Henley's Village Tavern, Brightwaters: This new gastropub in the heart of quaint Brightwaters offers craft cocktails, clever twists on bar food and "scratch kitchen" dishes that take advantage of seasonal ingredients and the chef's creative whims.

Tao's Peking Duck House

Tao's Peking Duck House, Glen Cove: Tao's Peking
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Tao's Peking Duck House, Glen Cove: Tao's Peking Duck House in Glen Cove is one of the few Long Island practitioners of Peking duck service, an imperial-era dish that these days is a national symbol of Chinese cooking.

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Margarita's Cafe

Margarita's Cafe, Williston Park: The sixth link in
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Margarita's Cafe, Williston Park: The sixth link in a local Mexican mini-chain, Margarita's Cafe in Williston Park is a better place to drink than eat.

Copper Pot Chicken Co.

Copper Pot Chicken Co., Rockville Centre: A fried
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Copper Pot Chicken Co., Rockville Centre: A fried chicken dish that originated as special on a steakhouse menu, has been spun off into its own restaurant in Rockville Centre. Copper Pot Chicken Co. features birds that have been bathed in a 24-hour brine, crusted in a mix that include matzo meal and then fried twice so the chicken is extra crisp.

Raju's Egg & Veg

Raju's Egg & Veg, Hicksville: This egg-centric (and
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Raju's Egg & Veg, Hicksville: This egg-centric (and eccentric) Indian restaurant in Hicksville is a must-visit for LI vegetarians, and anyone else who loves eggs.

The Brixton

The Brixton, Babylon: At this stand-out Babylon gastropub,
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The Brixton, Babylon: At this stand-out Babylon gastropub, the food, drinks and design are all raising the bar.

New Fu Run

New Fu Run, Great Neck: Serving the gutsy
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New Fu Run, Great Neck: Serving the gutsy cuisine of Northeast China in an elegant, comfortable setting, Great Neck's New Fu Run rewards the adventurous diner.

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NY Garden Kabobs

NY Garden Kabobs, Huntington: Tucked away in a
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NY Garden Kabobs, Huntington: Tucked away in a downtown Huntington alley, NY Garden Kabobs is a tiny oasis of grilled meats and seafoods atop fresh bread.

Crabtree's New York & Main

Crabtree's New York & Main, Huntington: Perched above
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Crabtree's New York & Main, Huntington: Perched above downtown Huntington's main crossroads, Crabtree's New York & Main is a late-night spot with a wide-ranging drinks menu and a caloric roster of gastropub fare.

Clay Oven

Clay Oven, Hauppauge: At Clay Oven, Lubna Habibi
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Clay Oven, Hauppauge: At Clay Oven, Lubna Habibi is pushing the limits of authentic South Asian food that go beyond what we've come to define as such fare with dishes like tandoori chicken wings, pakoras that play on cheese sticks and a lamb meatball curry that falls in the scotch egg family. With most dishes on the menu $10 or less, it's easy to venture outside your comfort zone and leave with a little extra for tomorrow.

Ramen Kyoto

Ramen Kyoto, Bethpage: Ramen Kyoto breaks new ground
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Ramen Kyoto, Bethpage: Ramen Kyoto breaks new ground as Nassau's first ramen specialist, but pulls its punches with timid noodle soups.

Caffé Ole

Caffé Ole, Huntington Station: At this meat-centric Colombian
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Caffé Ole, Huntington Station: At this meat-centric Colombian restaurant, Oscar Castiblanco showcases traditional dishes. You want the picada, a party platter of salt-packed morsels that is best described as meat candy.

Turkuaz Mediterranean Gourmet

Turkuaz Mediterranean Gourmet, West Hempstead: Don't let the
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Turkuaz Mediterranean Gourmet, West Hempstead: Don't let the modest surroundings fool you: This Turkish grocery store is serving up some of the best Middle Eastern food on Long Island. Kebabs, particularly the spicy Adana kebab and the yogurt-and-tomato-sauced Iskender kebab are showstoppers, as are all the three salads based on eggplant.

Wahlburgers

Wahlburgers, Port Jefferson Station: This burger joint at
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Wahlburgers, Port Jefferson Station: This burger joint at the heart of a reality TV show is not the same in real life.

Wildfeast

Wildfeast, Long Beach: This cool, contemporary newcomer rocks
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Wildfeast, Long Beach: This cool, contemporary newcomer rocks Long Beach's main drag.

Kabobshak Mediterranean Grill

Kabobshak Mediterranean Grill, Selden: This Selden eatery serves
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Kabobshak Mediterranean Grill, Selden: This Selden eatery serves stellar Middle Eastern food.

JR El Rodeo

JR El Rodeo, East Moriches: This barebones Mexican
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JR El Rodeo, East Moriches: This barebones Mexican storefront with eight tables offers authentic made-to-order classics like burritos and tacos.

St. James Public House

St. James Public House, St. James: This sleek
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St. James Public House, St. James: This sleek roadhouse with a lively bar offers beer- and wine-friendly soups, salads, burgers and skillet dinners.

Yiasou Yeeros

Yiasou Yeeros, Plainview: Cooking with care and quality
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Yiasou Yeeros, Plainview: Cooking with care and quality ingredients, this modest Greek takeout spot far outpaces the average gyro joint.

Main Road Biscuit Co.

Main Road Biscuit Co., Jamesport: With ingredients from
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Main Road Biscuit Co., Jamesport: With ingredients from East End farms and coffee from nearby North Fork Coffee Roasters, this is the diner locavores have been waiting for.

5 de Mayo

5 de Mayo, Westbury: 5 De Mayo is
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5 de Mayo, Westbury: 5 De Mayo is a modest strip mall restaurant selling margaritas and generous portions of Tex-Mex dishes. It's especially hopping on mariachi nights.

China Station

China Station, Stony Brook: Huge portions of gutsy
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China Station, Stony Brook: Huge portions of gutsy Northern Chinese chow define China Station, a Stony Brook newcomer that is already a haven for hungry university students.

Saravanaa Bhavan

Saravanaa Bhavan, Hicksville: The first Long Island outpost
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Saravanaa Bhavan, Hicksville: The first Long Island outpost of this Indian chain serves a vast array of exotic vegetarian dishes.

Naples Street Food

Naples Street Food, Franklin Square: This modest storefront
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Naples Street Food, Franklin Square: This modest storefront offers great pizzas warmed up by a wood-fired oven and Neapolitan hospitality.

The Cuban

The Cuban, Garden City: Island style meets Garden
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The Cuban, Garden City: Island style meets Garden City in this huge space, where diners sip mojitos and pina coladas and choose among a huge selection of Latin American dishes.

Brunello Italian Kitchen

Brunello Italian Kitchen, Deer Park: Italian-American classics are
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Brunello Italian Kitchen, Deer Park: Italian-American classics are the way to go at Brunello Italian Kitchen.

Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails

Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails, Wantagh: Pottery Barn meets
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Blackbird Kitchen & Cocktails, Wantagh: Pottery Barn meets the neighborhood pub at this eatery, with a short menu of simple skillfully prepared dishes.

Vulcano 081

Vulcano 081, Rockville Centre: The Neapolitan-style pizzas and
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Vulcano 081, Rockville Centre: The Neapolitan-style pizzas and pastas are delicious and ambitious at Vulcano 081 in Rockville Centre, an unassuming neighborhood spot.

Splendid Noodle

Splendid Noodle, Stony Brook: Noodles build bridges, and
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Splendid Noodle, Stony Brook: Noodles build bridges, and Splendid Noodle in Stony Brook offers a fine introduction to one of China's under-sung culinary treasures.

Kabul Kabab House

Kabul Kabab House, Westbury: This Afghan restaurant offers
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Kabul Kabab House, Westbury: This Afghan restaurant offers food that is exotic but approachable, a slam-dunk for anyone who likes grilled meat and rice.

Tao's Fusion

Tao's Fusion, Selden: This clean, bright Chinese restaurant
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Tao's Fusion, Selden: This clean, bright Chinese restaurant with lucky cats, orchids and red lantern décor offers a full bar, private dining and a vast menu of regional Chinese dishes.

That Meetball Place

That Meetball Place, Farmingdale: This spacious, two- story
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That Meetball Place, Farmingdale: This spacious, two- story restaurant features rustic decor and a jovial vibe. Meatballs in a myriad of combinations star on the menu.

Gingerbites

Gingerbites, Huntington Station: This Haitian fast casual spot
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Gingerbites, Huntington Station: This Haitian fast casual spot offers interesting dishes and Caribbean hospitality.

Coalhouse Grill

Coalhouse Grill, Baldwin: A Jamaican chef plates up
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Coalhouse Grill, Baldwin: A Jamaican chef plates up rustic food, fresh drinks and creative desserts at this new Baldwin restaurant.

American Beauty Bistro

American Beauty Bistro, Massapequa: This new Spanish tapas
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American Beauty Bistro, Massapequa: This new Spanish tapas spot features small plates and craft beers in a comfortable dining room.

Crazy Fish Bar & Gill

Crazy Fish Bar & Gill, Port Jefferson: Nautical
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Crazy Fish Bar & Gill, Port Jefferson: Nautical décor and outdoor patios define this new fish-centric restaurant in the heart of Port Jefferson.

Con Sabor a Colombia

Con Sabor a Colombia, Westbury: At Con Sabor
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Con Sabor a Colombia, Westbury: At Con Sabor a Colombia, classic Colombian dishes are served in a bright dining room.

The Crispy Pig

The Crispy Pig, Sea Cliff: This new gastropub
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The Crispy Pig, Sea Cliff: This new gastropub serves Southern comfort food with modern flair.

Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar

Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar, Farmingdale: This stylish
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Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar, Farmingdale: This stylish new trattoria in Farmingdale's burgeoning downtown serves both Italian-American favorites and some Southern Italian specialties.

Karamba

Karamba, Hampton Bays: Karamba in Hampton Bays offers
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Karamba, Hampton Bays: Karamba in Hampton Bays offers a pan-Latin menu with influences from South American, the Caribbean and Spain. Food arrives to the white tablecloth tables artfully plated in light filled, breezy dining room.

Campagne House

Campagne House, Bethpage: Campagne House in Bethpage is
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Campagne House, Bethpage: Campagne House in Bethpage is an American bistro with Asian, Latin and Italian sprinkled in. Food is served in a rustic, farmhouse-style setting with indoor and outdoor seating.

Smoke Shack Blues

Smoke Shack Blues, Port Jefferson: Smoke Shack Blues
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Smoke Shack Blues, Port Jefferson: Smoke Shack Blues offers traditional pit-smoked barbecue in a modern, industrial setting.

Nelly's Taqueria

Nelly's Taqueria, Hicksville: A hidden gem in Hicksville,
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Nelly's Taqueria, Hicksville: A hidden gem in Hicksville, Nelly's Taqueria serves authentic Mexican street food, starting with tortillas made in-house.

The North Fork Shack

The North Fork Shack, Southold: The North Fork
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The North Fork Shack, Southold: The North Fork Shack in Southold serves fresh fish, lively salads and satisfying sandwiches for eat-in or take-out.

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