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Chennai Dosas: Midday buffet bonanza

A Mysore masala dosa sits atop an uttapam

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Chennai Dosas announces its presence with only a makeshift banner draped in its window, underneath the sign of its predecessor, Dosa Diner in Hicksville.  Bear this in mind when seeking out this Southern Indian vegetarian restaurant, which looks as though it might be a genuine dining destination.

A recent afternoon buffet lunch, at $8.95 a person, was more than just a bargain; it was...

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West East Bistro, Hicksville: New chef, new look, new menu

Jay Jadeja will be cooking an Asian wild

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West East Bistro in Hicksville has lately undergone a few changes. The place is now called West East All Natural Bar & Bistro and has a new executive chef — Jay Jadeja, who co-owns the place with Danny Wu. Jadeja is also chef at the Cedar Beach Bar & Grill in Mount Sinai and, in the past, owned the former Wildflower in Manhattan.

The interior of West East has been redone in a warmer...

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Dining in tropical Hicksville

The mixed-vegetable Uthappam at House of Dosas in

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Or should I say, “Dining tropical in Hicksville”? If you’re looking to escape the cold, this resolutely mid-Island town is full of restaurants serving the food of hot-weather climes.

Pretend you’re hiking in the lush green hills of Colombia at La Finca, 170 Broadway, Hicksville, 516-935-0951, lafincarestaurante. com...

. . . or coasting down a lazy river in Thailand at Mukda Thai Cuisine,...

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Mio Posto in Hicksville: First bites

Lobster fra diavolo at Mio Posto restaurant in

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Mio Posto means “my place.“

Now, make that “places.“

A new branch of the Oceanside restaurant is spreading the marinara in Hicksville, turning “Sunday sauce” into an everyday entree.

This Mio Posto already is packed to high decibels on weekends, with an hour's wait the norm for a table on Saturday night. It's as if Old Country Road never experienced eggplant Parmigiana.

But...

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Chennai Dosas replaces Dosa Diner in Hicksville

The new Chennai Dosas specializes in the vegetarian

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Chennai Dosas entered the thriving Indian restaurant scene in Hicksville last month when it opened in the strip mall storefront that last housed Dosa Diner. As you see from the above photo, it's still awaiting a permanent sign.

Like its predecessor, the place serves a vegetarian South Indian menu with an emphasis on the stuffed lentil rice flour crepe known as the dosa. A once-over of the...

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Delhi 6, Hicksville: Off the buffet table

This is the buffet at Delhi 6 in

(Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick)

It was lunchtime when a friend and I stopped into the spacious new Delhi 6 Indian Frontier Cuisine in Hicksville.

Everyone in the main dining room, it seemed, was partaking of the restaurant’s large and varied lunch buffet. “What kind of bread would you like; naan, garlic naan or puri?” the waiter asked, assuming we’d be hopping on the buffet bandwagon. Bread, it seems, is gratis in the $9.95...

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Delhi 6: New and Indian in Hicksville

Chicken tandoori at Delhi 6 in Hicksville.

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Delhi 6 Indian Frontier Cuisine is now on the frontier of Hicksville’s Indian restaurant scene, opening in the cavernous former digs of Jaiya Thai. Chef co-owner Noddy Singh, who used to be with the nearby Royal Bukhara Grill, said the place has seating for about 150 people. There's also a bar, lounge and private party room.

Delhi 6 serves a lunch buffet from 11:30 to 3 p.m. weekdays ($9.95...

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Any bowl of spaghetti in a storm

Spaghetti pomodoro at Luigi's q in Hicksville. (Oct.

(Credit: Newsday Marjorie Robins)

Not to be disrespectful in any way to those of you who ate peanut butter and jelly by candlelight for dinner, and I know there are lots of you, but the forces of  post-Sandy wound up serving me a beautiful hot meal last night at Luigi Q in Hicksville.

I had to search around a bit for it. After I left the office in Melville, I thought I'd just ride around Nassau County a little to see...

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House of Dosas, Hicksville: Vegetarian vibrancy

The hungry crowd at House of Dosas in

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Since I’d last eaten at House of Dosas in Hicksville, the South Indian vegetarian restaurant has grown, both in popularity and size. It’s also undergone a style upgrade.

Not surprisingly, I encountered a full house on a recent week night. This is a real contender for top vegetarian restaurant on Long Island and stands as one of the area’s best Indian restaurants overall.

My dinner began...

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Dosa Diner in Hicksville: Closed during renovation

A plate of vegetable Chettinad served at Dosa

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Driving through Hicksville the other night, I couldn’t help but notice that Dosa Diner had gone dark.

Not a permanent situation, I was assured during a telephone conversation with owner Ashok Kumar Natraj, who also owns the nearby Copper Wok. Natraj said he’s hoping to reopen the place within the next month or so, after the remodeling of the restaurant's kitchen. Natraj also added another...

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