A big hit from the Japanese fry basket is tempura, wherein chicken, seafood and/or vegetables are dipped in batter and deep-fried to a fluffy crunch. These local restaurants serve tempura worthy of your chopsticks.
The kitchen at this trim little strip mall spot sends forth perfectly fried shrimp and vegetable tempura that crackles when bitten.
1163 Old Country Rd., Plainview, 516-433-5333, heikesushi.com
Both the shrimp and the vegetable tempura at this friendly strip mall spot come out crunchy and greaseless, bespeaking a kitchen that understands the art of frying.
99-8 Rte. 25A, Shoreham, 631-821-1688, osakashorehamny.com
Chicken, shrimp and vegetable tempura are crisp and appealing at this Japanese restaurant that also features tofu tempura as an appetizer.
2171 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-868-0882, sushiandtea.com
One of the top items at this flashy fusion spot is its chicken and vegetable tempura, admirably light and crunchy.
4000 Jericho Tpke., East Northport, 631-499-3900, zazajapan.com