Rice is a staple all over the world. Although many tend to view it as a side dish, it actually serves as the basis for many winning main courses. We give you four examples drawn from East and West.
HAVANA CENTRAL RESTAURANT & BAR, Garden City
This hopping Cuban-Latin restaurant offers a vegetarian take on paella. The mixture of vegetables and yellow rice is deeply savory, very good.
PHAYATHAI RESTAURANT, Lake Ronkonkoma
This strip-mall Thai spot serves a basil fried rice with chicken that's hard to stop eating.
CHICKEN'S ROAD, Bellmore
Gallo rice, a meal in itself, is a specialty at this Venezuelan counter-serve spot. The hybrid Chinese-South American stir-fry combines rice, chicken, pork and vegetables with Venezuelan seasonings -- to delectable effect.