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Brasserie HaLevi in Cedarhurst: First bites

Brasserie HaLevi is a kosher, continental restaurant in

Brasserie HaLevi is a kosher, continental restaurant in Cedarhurst. (September 2014) Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti

Brasserie HaLevi brings a bright touch to dining out in Cedarhurst.

The glatt kosher, primarily New American restaurant, is airy, in light hues, with a stylized,  modern look and efficient service.

Better choices include the sriracha-marinated spicy fried chicken, which delivers crunchiness and heat, with corn succotash, red cabbage and mashed potatoes on the side. Also tasty is the sesame-seed-crusted tuna with a ponzu-sauce glaze and sticky rice. But ask for it rare or medium-rare.

Tasty openers take in an endive-and-beet salad finished with an apple cider vinaigrette; and tuna tartare, layered with mango salsa and mashed avocado, topped with wonton chips.

Brasserie HaLevi is closed on Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served Monday to Thursday; dinner, Monday to Thursday and on Sunday.

Brasserie HaLevi, 600 Central Ave., Cedarhurst; 516-218-2190.