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Seeking out LI's 16 best-hidden restaurants

At the charming Turkuaz in Riverhead, you can

At the charming Turkuaz in Riverhead, you can look out at the Peconic River from a table on the front porch or a picnic table on the lawn. Credit: Daniel Brennan

You've driven up and down the same street 10 times, but, still, no sign of that kebab house you're looking for.

Hungry and frustrated, you consider calling the authorities to report a missing restaurant. Just then, your GPS announces you've arrived at your destination.

"Wrong!" you shout.

Instead of throwing the entire navigation system out the window, you'd do well to understand that it wasn't built to handle Long Island's best-hidden dining spots. Some are tucked away in parking lots, office buildings and apartment houses. Others are secreted away in alleys without proper addresses.

All are worth seeking out, but trying to find them will drive you crazy -- unless you know exactly where to look.

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