Top Mediterranean & Middle Eastern spots

The appetizer platter at Ahuva's Grill features freshly

(Credit: Johnny Simon)

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern is a catchall term describing the cuisine of such nations as Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Israel and Egypt. The region is a hotbed of flavors.

Although there may be significant differences from one country to another, most make use of the following ingredients in their cookery: olive oil, honey, lemon, rice, eggplant, parsley, chick peas and mint.

Here on Long Island, you're practically guaranteed to find some version of hummus as well as a variety of kebabs (grilled skewered meats) at any of the following Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurants.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Ahuva's Grill at 1326 Peninsula Blvd. in Hewlett.

    Ahuva's Grill $$ | Kosher, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern 1326 Peninsula Blvd. Hewlett Chef-owner Ahuva Tsadok offers a compelling repertoire of Yemenite-Israeli dishes that both ignite and soothe ...

  • An assortment of Mediterranean spreads, including fish (from

    Ayhan's Shish Kebab Lunch, Mediterranean/Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek 132 Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck From its open kitchen, Ayhan's serves a vibrant Turkish red lentil soup, hearty appetizer portion of grilled octopus with a cucumber vinaigrette and perfect moussaka.

  • Salmon kebabs are served at Ayhan's Fish Kebab

    Ayhan's Fish Kebab $$$ | Mediterranean, Seafood 286 Main St. Port Washington Start with the full-flavored fish chowder rife with seafood, followed, perhaps, by delicate whole grilled pink dorado and, finally, a rich, creamy rice pudding. Fish Kebab has a full bar.

  • Walter Lementowski (clockwise, from left) of Glen Head,

    Ayhan's Shish Kebab $$ | Mediterranean 283 Main St. Port Washington This original Shish Kebab location offers all manner of kebabs in addition to great house-made Turkish bread and desserts, whole-grilled fish and more..

  • Closeup of tabbouleh taken Apriil 11, 2005, at

    Azerbaijan Grill $ | Mediterranean 1610 Old Country Rd. Westbury If, a few weeks ago, someone had asked my impression of tabbouleh, I would have ...

  • Critic rating 2.5

    Ephesus $$ | Turkish, Restaurant 514 Park Blvd. Massapequa Park When Funda Duygun took over as chef-owner of this simply appointed Turkish restaurant, she elevated ...

  • Istanbul Cafe is located on Middle Country Road

    Istanbul Cafe $$ | Turkish 2139 Middle Country Rd. Centereach Vibrant and satisfying Turkish food in a modest storefront restaurant. ...

  • Exterior of Kabul Afghani Cuisine, Huntington

    Kabul Afghani Cuisine $$ | Afghan 1153 E. Jericho Tpke. Huntington Serving food from specific areas of Afghanistan, this restaurant focuses on the cooking styles found ...

  • Critic rating 2
    Adana kebab, a long, hand-minced meat kebab, is

    Mavi Grill & Deli $$ | Turkish, Mediterranean/Middle-Eastern 749 Mt. Sinai-Coram Rd. Mt. Sinai Situated within a charming white house, Mavi specializes in kebabs; try the Adana or beyti (lamb done different ways) or chicken. Other good bets include the appetizer assortment (hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and stuffed grape leaves), red lentil-carrot soup and spinach pie.

  • People dine at the Pita House in East

    Pita House $$ | Turkish, Mediterranean, Kids, Restaurant 100-27 S. Jersey Ave. East Setauket This classy, family-friendlyTurkish restaurant is hard to find but worth seeking out. House-made gyro, turkey ...

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