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Long Island's best pancakes

When I daydream about pancakes, they're piping hot, each seeming to float above the one below. I slip a pat of butter on the stack; it melts over the top and down the sides. Then, I drizzle on a little pure maple syrup and cut through with my fork. One tender, clean-tasting bite and I'm swooning. The catch is to find such pancakes; even some of the best breakfast eateries drop the spatula when it comes to hot cake excellence. Great griddle cakes are out there, in a wide range of settings, from modest luncheonettes to glitzy diners to chic hotels to quaint little specialty spots. Here's a selection of Long Island's best. --JOAN REMINICK, joan.reminick@newsday.com