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Closed in East Meadow: GyroLIcious

Gyrolicious Greek Grill in Jericho on June 2,

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GyroLIcious, a Greek restaurant in East Meadow, has closed.

The space is currently under renovation and transformation, said owner Carie Volonakis, who was reached in Jericho at Gyrolicious Greek Grill, which made its debut last year. and is still up and running.  She went on to say that when the East Meadow site reopens — which she estimates will be within the next month or so — it will...

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Open in Long Beach: West End GR

West End GR serves Greek cuisine in Long

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West End GR recently made its debut in the former Long Beach digs of West End Coffee Shop. The cuisine here is Greek at both lunch and dinner. But early in the day, there’s a breakfast menu, said co-owner Nicolaos Gregoriou, adding that a morning meal has been served at the same address for years. Chef Frank Narantzis cooked at several Greek restaurants in Astoria and Manhattan and, according to...

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George's Place opens in Hicksville

George's Place serves a Greek-American menu in Hicksville.

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New to Hicksville is George’s Place, a casual counter-serve eatery serving Greek and American specialties. Chef-owner George Mirmigos said he makes just about everything from scratch — including hand-cut fries. The only exception, he said, is the gyro, which is commercially made. On the menu: a horiatiki salad of tomato, onion, cucumbers feta and olives ($9.95), a cheeseburger ($5.50), a ...

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Greek Street comes to Massapequa Park

Two kinds of gyro at the new Greek

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At the new Greek Street in Massapequa Park, the signature dish is the sandwich dubbed the “authentic street gyro" ($8.50). Having had one on a recent visit, I now find myself thinking about when I'll get another. Tucked inside a pita are shards of juicy house-made pork gyro, tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, tzatziki sauce and — believe it or not —  fries. These were hand-cut, nutty and delectable...

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Kyma in Roslyn: First bites

Grilled octopus is an appetizer at Kyma in

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The wave of Greek restaurants on Long Island crests in Roslyn. The newest to reach shore: Kyma. In hues of sand and sea, plus whitewashed floors and the bright white of so many Santorini postcards, Kyma immediately attracts you. It opened on the former site of the equally handsome Trata Estiatorio, which dazzled diners with its own appointments and especially the cooking of Luis Falcon. Kyma chef...

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Roslyn: Kyma opens with Greek menu

At Kyma, a new Greek restaurant in Roslyn,

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Roslyn is back up to its full complement of three ambitious Greek restaurants; Kyma joins MP Taverna and Limani in Long Island’s epicenter of Greek gastronomy. Kyma takes over the freestanding building that housed Trata Estiatorio. (Trata’s seasonal Hampton’s location will be opening soon in Water Mill.) The new restaurant’s owners are John Chatiris, who owns Ethos Gallery restaurant in Manhattan,...

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Santorini in Merrick: Seeking the golden mean

At Santorini in Merrick, saganaki (melted Kasseri cheese)

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Since 1993, Santorini has been serving Greek food to Merrick and environs. A few months ago, the restaurant expanded into the neighboring storefront and did a complete renovation. The new dining room is now a sleek update of the classic blue-and-white Greek restaurant interior, and very attractive at that. At a recent dinner, service was caring and efficient, servings were generous, prices were...

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Gyrolicious: New and Greek in Jericho

This is the house-made beef and lamb gyro

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New to Jericho is Gyrolicious, an offshoot of a 4-year-old East Meadow Greek restaurant. According to co-owner Carie Volonakis, everything is made in-house -- and that includes two kinds of gyro, one done with white and dark meat chicken, the other with beef and lamb. The meat is marinated, stacked and rotisserie roasted before being sliced to order. Many of the dishes at the new place are made...

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Opa Grille, Williston Park: First bites

A trio of dips -- taramasalata, hummus and

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On a crazy cold night not too long ago, the new Opa Grille in Williston Park was a warm haven. To find a restaurant that's evenly heated isn't as easy as you might imagine. Dinner began with a basket of warm pita triangles — whole wheat and regular — accompanying an appetizer of three dips: briny taramasalata (roe), spicy feta with roasted peppers, and a properly garlicky hummus ($9.95). While...

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Aegean Grill, East Northport: First bites

Tender, meaty octopus at Aegean Grill in East

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A recent dinner at the new Aegean Grill in East Northport featured warm and efficient service. The space, which used to house Gyro Time, now sports an outside vestibule that traps cold air. Also new are heavy drapes on the lower portions of  the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the place. Still needed: full-length drapes to stem the chill that, nonetheless, wafts in. A bowl of chicken lemon...

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