Loved the high-quality, low-priced lunch I had at Press 195. It's the new Rockville Centre offshoot of a Park Slope, Brooklyn, restaurant (with a Bayside, Queens, branch, as well). The handsome eatery occupies the spot where Gabrielle’s used to be.
The menu (most items under $10) features grill-pressed sandwiches as well as salads, appetizers. There's also a short list of sandwiches on - get this - a split-open knish.
Had to try one of those. I got it stuffed with grilled vegetables and melted mozzarella and found it pillowy, savory and nothing short of ingenious. A more conventional but no less appealing “hot press” sandwich (panino, actually) of prosciutto di Parma, tomato, fresh mozzarella and extra-virgin olive oil on crusty ciabatta was simple and ideal.
My pal and I only made a small dent in a big order of hand-cut Belgian fries, but it took major will power to keep our hands off the nutty brown spears.
The place serves a variety of microbrews, eight on tap and 15 by the bottle, and offers wines by the bottle and the glass.
Press 195 is at 22 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, 516-536-1950, press195.com