A Northern Chinese restaurant, LOL Kitchen & Grill, has opened in Centereach with a quirky name and a karaoke bar next door.
Owner Yang Liu said it’s a reference to the LOL acronym “laughing out loud,’’ the online game League of Legends and “a Chinese reference to eating food on skewers.”
A class of 2014 Stony Brook University graduate, Liu said he wanted to open a medium-sized restaurant close enough to the university to attract students without it being prohibitively expensive.
The location he found had been a YMCA learning center; he revamped the interior, building out one section as restaurant and the other as a karaoke bar called KTVING, a reference to videos that accompany song lyrics.
LOL Kitchen features a menu divided by appetizers like country-style cucumber or dumplings ($5.95 to $12.95), vegetables such as stir-fried cabbage or fried tofu ($8.95 to $13.95), and meats ($12.95 to $28.95) like cumin lamb or hot pots.
There’s a bit of everything under the grill section ($1.95 to $4.95), from small servings of enoki-wrapped beef, heart, gizzard, Taiwanese-style sausage or scallops served on skewers.
The hours for LOL Kitchen & Grill are Monday to Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch, 5 to 11 p.m. for dinner, as well as Saturday and Sunday noon to 11 p.m., with no break between lunch and dinner on weekends. Closed Tuesday.
KTVING is open 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. with rooms booked by reservation.
LOL Kitchen & Grill and KTVING, 2545 Middle County Rd. in Centereach, 631-615-6313.