The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene
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Aquarelle 45 has taken over the former Port Washington digs of Marino’s on the Bay. The newly renovated spot offers waterfront dining with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as 25 docking slips.
Chef Anthony Sanzone’s Mediterranean-influenced menu, which emphasizes seafood, includes such items as grilled octopus ($19), crab croquettes ($15), linguine with clams ($19), grilled lamb chops ($42)...Read more »
Mekan Gyro & Grill in Medford does double duty as both a Turkish grocery and a counter-serve cafe. Fancy it’s not. But if you get past the lack of amenities (dinnerware is Styrofoam and plastic), you can eat amazingly well — and for very little money.
On a recent evening, a meal began with a plate of mixed appetizers ($9.95): Standouts included subtly garlicky hummus, tahini-enriched baba...Read more »
One of Long Island's top Turkish-Mediterranean restaurants just opened a new branch. Istanbul Cafe II, the offshoot of Istanbul Cafe in Centereach, is serving meze, kebabs and other Turkish and Mediterranean specialties in the St. James space that last housed FeelGoods Cafe.
Chef owner Sinan Yagci shuttles between both his restaurants. Although the new place lacks a brick oven for such specialties...Read more »
A simple, fresh salad; good bread. That’s all I want.
Last night at Ephesus, the family-run Turkish restaurant in Massapequa Park, that’s what I got. The bread, the flat-but-puffy Turkish pide, is made on the premises and makes Ephesus’s bread basket one of Long Island’s most appealing. The shepherd salad, $6.50, combines chopped ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, parsley, mint...Read more »
I’ve never been the biggest burger fan, but I’m a sucker for kebabs made from ground meat, such as Turkish kofte kebabs, Pakistani seekh kebabs or Persian koobideh kebabs, which I had for lunch at Zar Café in St. James.
Once the seasoned, ground meat (beef sirloin, in this case) has been pressed along the length of a flat, wide skewer, the chef makes crosswise furrows in it, to give it added...Read more »
Azerbaijan Grill in East Meadow is now called Sufiya’s Mediterranean Grill. New ownership; same chef, menu and crew as before.
The original Azerbaijan Grill in Westbury remains under the ownership of Saeid Sheikhlar, who sold the East Meadow restaurant to a family friend, Ali Motamedi, who renamed the restaurant for his newborn daughter.
Sufiya’s Mediterranean Grill is at 2320 Hempstead...Read more »
Ali Ugan owns and operates three Wild Fig Turkish-Mediterranean restaurants on Long Island (Glen Cove, Garden City and Syosset) but the fourth one, which opened Monday in Roslyn, has a completely different format: You make your way down a dish-assembly line, first telling the servers behind the counter whether you’d like a “base” of flat bread (white or wheat), grain (jasmine rice or bulgur) or...Read more »