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Jema: Inside Joy Mangano's 3.5-star LI restaurant

The most exciting restaurant to open in recent memory, the staunchly seasonal Jema in Huntington both confounds and exceeds expectations.

Owner Joy Mangano and executive chef Franco Sampogna
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Chef Franco Sampogna and owner Joy Mangano at Jema in Huntington.

An exterior view of Jema in Huntington, Oct.
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano has opened a new restaurant: Jema in Huntington.

Wine director Timothy Gemelli pours the wine for
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Wine director Timothy Gemelli pours wine for patrons at Jema, a fine-dining addition to Huntington.

The top story of multi-level Jema has a
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The top story of multilevel Jema in Huntington has a second dining room, pictured, and a lounge.

Jema's sommelier cart holds about a dozen bottles
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The sommelier cart at Jema in Huntington holds about a dozen bottles of wine served by the glass.

Chef Franco Sampogna is in full view of
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Chef Franco Sampogna is in full view of the dining room as he plates dishes in the open kitchen at Jema in Huntington.

 

The bread at Jema in Huntington, served in
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The bread, served in a felt basket, comes with softened butter sprinkled with rosemary sea salt at Jema in Huntington.

 

An appetizer of egg, celery root puree and
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An appetizer of egg, celery-root puree and white truffle is earthy and creamy at Jema in Huntington.

Smoked Black Angus strip steak with potatoes done
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Duck from Aquebogue's Crescent farm is served with polenta, olives and capers at Jema in Huntington.

Butternut Squash
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Smoked Black Angus strip steak with potatoes done three ways is sauced table-side at Jema in Huntington.

 

A plate featuring Valrhona chocolate, smoked vanilla ice
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Butternut squash "tagliatelle" with wild mushrooms features "noodles" and sauce that are both made of squash at Jema in Huntington.

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