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Black Friday dining near Long Island malls

The Cuban sandwich is a winner at Rincon

The Cuban sandwich is a winner at Rincon Criollo in Huntington Station. Credit: Marisol Diaz

Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and if you need a quick pick-me-up, we’ve compiled a list of pizzerias close to all of LI’s major malls.

But for those requiring more sustenance, here are some suggestions for a proper meal:

GREEN ACRES, VALLEY STREAM

At Pretty Toni’s, Toni Clifton cooks with passion, heart and skill at this chic, friendly little restaurant. Her version of soul food avoids pork products and large quantities of fat and sugar, yet its comfort factor runs high. 759 W Merrick Rd., Valley Stream, 516-285-8664, prettytoniscafe.com

ROOSEVELT FIELD, GARDEN CITY

Chef Leisa Dent and her mother-partner Lillian are the Dents in question at L.L. Dent, a satisfying spot for Southern cuisine. Try the Southern-fried chicken, smothered pork chops, chicken and waffles, pulled pork, fried okra poppers, and a bowl of grits. 221 Old Country Rd., Carle Place; 516-742-0940, lldent.com

BROADWAY MALL, HICKSVILLE

House of Dosas is a modest spot that specializes in the vegetarian cooking of Southern India and, specifically, the manhole-cover-sized rice-lentil pancakes called dosas, flavored and stuffed with a seemingly infinite array of vegetables. Plus breads, rice dishes and scores of vegetarian curries. 416 South Broadway, Hicksville, 516-938-7517, houseofdosas.com

WESTFIELD SUNRISE MALL, MASSAPEQUA

One of Long Island’s best Japanese restaurants, Ginza makes a vivid impression. The big, colorful establishment also offers exceptional fish from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, as well as the lush local catch. Savory cooked fare, too. 45 Carmans Rd., Massapequa, 516-882-9688, ginzali.com

WALT WHITMAN SHOPS, HUNTINGTON STATION

On Jericho Turnpike just north of the mall, Rincon Criollo is the suburban offspring of the Jackson Heights original. Savory Cuban cuisine is the specialty, from a Cubano sandwich to cod fritters, black bean soup, smoked pork chops, grilled lobster, and stuffed cassava. 16 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station, 631-271-2277, rincon-criollo.com

TANGER OUTLETS AT THE ARCHES, DEER PARK

Papa Joe’s pizzeria occupied this workaday location for 20 years before Anthony Carcaterra, the owners’ son, transformed it into the New American Verde Wine Bar & Ristorante in 2014. The architectural bones of the pizzeria are still visible (and every entree still comes with a free salad — old habits die hard), but chef James Ahern’s menu is exceedingly modern. 450 Commack Rd., Deer Park, NY 631-242-8902, eatdrinkverde.com

SMITH HAVEN MALL, LAKE GROVE

One of the few surviving kosher delis on Long Island, Zan’s Kosher Delicatessen is your destination for the matzo ball soup, mushroom-barley soup, stuffed cabbage and overstuffed sandwiches, among them pastrami, corned beef, dried salami and turkey breast. 135 Alexander Ave., Lake Grove, 631-979-8770, zans-deli.com

TANGER OUTLETS, RIVERHEAD

Originally an outgrowth of the fish market that shares the premises, Buoy One boasts a reasonably priced menu with plenty of inventive, international touches. But don’t pass up the bucket of steamers, some of Long Island’s best. 1175 W. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9737, and 62 Montauk Hwy., Westhampton, 631-998-3808, buoyone.com

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