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Ayhan's opens in Great Neck

The outside of Ayhan's Shish Kebab, a Mediterranean

The outside of Ayhan's Shish Kebab, a Mediterranean restaurant in Great Neck. (Sept. 2012) Credit: Newsday/ Marjorie Robins

What a geographical coup for the diners of Great Neck that Ayhan’s Shish-Kebab has opened its fifth location in Nassau County on Middle Neck Road.

What’s guaranteed at this buzzing Mediterranean chainlet is a pretty good Greek salad, vibrant Turkish red lentil soup and a hearty appetizer portion of grilled octopus with a cucumber vinaigrette.

In the open-kitchen restaurant, which has kept its arc of windows from several steak houses that preceded it, the baked moussaka is a perfect specimen. The dish — layers of eggplant, potato, lamb and beef under a béchamel sauce crust — comes with a generous mound of moist rice pilaf and a side Greek salad. It lists a reasonable $12.95 price tag.

Other specialties include whole fish daily, from $17.95 to $22.95, and the usual assortment of kebabs in the $15 range. The portions are hearty.

Like its sister restaurants, the Great Neck location is putting out a Sunday brunch buffet for $14.95, with more than 100 different dishes to choose from. It is open for lunch daily.

The other Ayhan’s Shish-Kebab restaurants are in Port Washington, Plainview, Baldwin and Westbury.

Ayhan’s Shish-Kebab is at 132 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-498-9300.

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