Jim Leff is quoted in a Newsday article today by Joan Reminick about "authentic, ethnic cuisine" on the island. Also mentions the Chowhound passport :-). At least 30 restaurants are listed for their authentic eats. (See link.) Now, perhaps the critics of Long Island on this board might venture past the white tablecloth places they frequent (wondering why they never have a good, cheap meal) and dare to step into one of these places.