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Eating light in sultry weather

Onsen Sushi a Japanese sushi restaurant located at

Onsen Sushi a Japanese sushi restaurant located at 597 Montauk Highway in Oakdale. (May 6, 2011) Credit: Heather Walsh

A reader asks where she can go with friends to eat this brutally hot day. “Not a place where I'd have to eat a big heavy meal,” she says. Here are some restaurants I would suggest to her:

NASSAU COUNTY

For a dinner-sized salad, I'd head to Nick & Pedro’s in Manhasset, where the ingredients are fresh and knowingly put together. Among the many choices are a simple calamari salad, a grilled tuna salad with fruit, tomatoes and grilled asparagus as well as a salad of grilled portobello and prosciutto.  The restaurant's original owner, Pedro Jurado, died two years ago, but the place remains in the family under Pedro’s brother, Victor Jurado. 1496 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-365-6930, nickandpedros.com. $$-$$$

Salumi, a rustic tapas and wine bar in Massapequa, is good place to find a variety of cool meat and cheese ”boards.” There’s hand-carved Spanish serrano ham and aged prosciutto from Parma and creamy burrata cheese atop a field green salad with pickled onions and sun dried tomatoes. 5600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa; 516-620-0057, salumibarli.com $$

SUFFOLK COUNTY

At Old Fields in Greenlawn, local clams and oysters from the raw bar are a good way to begin a light meal.  Chef Luke Desanctis puts out one of Long Island’s best BLTs as well as a super grilled ahi tuna sandwich with olive tapenade. 81 Broadway, Greenlawn, 631-754-9868, oldfieldsgreenlawn.com $$

Sushi is always a good hot-weather choice. At Onsen Sushi in Oakdale, affable chef-owner Jason Chen is a stickler for freshness and flavor. Check his specials board for such items as wild salmon, live scallops and uni, all beautifully presented. His ”yellow submarine” maki roll has chopped apple inside; it’s a refreshing treat. 597 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, 631-567-1688, onsensushi.com  $$

Above: Cool sushi at Onsen in Oakdale

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