Shish Kebab Grill has opened in Roslyn, in the space vacated a year ago by the short-lived Kalamaki.
M. Shaban Levent, the owner, was previously a waiter at Chicken Kebab in Roslyn Heights, and the two menus are very similar: likable Turkish and Greek specialties, emphasis on kebabs, plus burgers and chicken fingers for the kids.
The place has about 20 tables but is dominated by the takeout counter, and at lunch yesterday that counter was the site of furious phone-answering and order-filling. Only a week after opening, it appeared to be doing land-office business.
Our lunch was OK. I appreciated that I was asked how I wanted my kofte (beef-lamb patties) cooked, but if they were medium-rare when they left Roslyn, they certainly weren’t by the time they got back to the office in Melville. Plus there were only three little patties for $9.95. The menu promised “grilled chicken chops,” plural, but I counted only one semi-boned thigh, tender and tasty though it was. That was another $9.95 for a chicken thigh on rice. These “fast lunch specials” each came with salad or soup, and we liked the Turkish red lentil soup. An appetizer of spicy eggplant dip was chunky, delicious, and worth the $5.95.
Shish Kebab Grill is at 1380 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-399-2222.