MADINA KABAB HOUSE, 599 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage NY
I am thrilled to have discovered Madina Kabab House in Bethpage while searching on line for someplace different that delivers. I found fantastic Afghan cusine, fresh food, and fast friendly service all in one place. It's not often I get all this delivered to my door, but Madina pulls it off!
We wanted to try a bit of everything, so we went with the "7 Skewer Combo" of Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka, Chicken Kofta & Beef Kofta, served with tons of Seasoned Rice w/ Carrots & Raisins, Tandoori Naan & Salad. All of the meat was tender and perfectly seasoned to your choice of mild or spicy, and accompanied by a mild white sauce & spicy green sauce. This alone was more than enough for 4 people. However, being in the mood for new things, we also sampled the Chicken Shawarma (which was my husbands favorite), the Squash and Potato Bolani (stuffed breads, absolutely irresistable) and the Chicken Sombosa (my favorite - a pastry filled with diced chicken, veggies and spices). With these few extras, we ended up with enough food for three(3) meals, not bad for the $50 tab.
A quick note about the service here, which is extraordinary. I ordered on line and the owner was kind enough to call me back to confirm and request one substitution. I paid in advance via credit card and asked to pay the driver's tip in cash, but when the food arrived I only had a $20 bill. The driver refused it but I insisted. That alone was kind enough. Yet, 10 minutes later I recieved another call from the restaurant advising me it was too much of a tip and I should remind them if and when I call again in order to receive a credit. So readers, in retrospect, it was definitely not too much of a tip, I definitely will call again, and I absolutely will not ask for a credit. Thank you Madina Kabab House, you made my day with your food, your service and your kindness.
SAAZ INDIAN CUISINE, 1746 County Rd 39, Southampton NY
EPHESUS, Park Avenue & Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa NY
Turkish restaurants are not easy to locate here on Long Island, so when we heard about Ephesus, re-opened under new ownership right here in the heart of Massapequa, it was impossible to pass by, especially coming highly recommended by a good source. Now, I confess, I had driven by this “Mediterranean” restaurant a number of times thinking, “looks like a dump.” This one proves the adage, don’t judge a book by its cover. Its lovely inside, decorated with a bit of Mediterranean flair, but comfortable and cozy. You would never know this from the outside. We were warmly greeted and offered our choice of seating areas, front or back. Nice. (I should note that on their website you can find their menu and order take-out also: www.ephesusmedcuisine.com.)
Zorba the Greek, Hicksville, NY
Zorba the Greek has been around for as long as I can remember, serving up the most delicious Gyros and Souvlaki, along with all sorts of wonderful Greek appetizers like Spanokopita, Tiropita (cheese pie) Dolmas, and a wonderful cold platter that includes: stuffed grape leaves, tarama (greek caviar), sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, peppers, feta cheese and pita. You can also create your own appetizer platter out of your favoriets. They make a delicious salad, to which you can add shrimp, chicken, lamb or falafal for a small note.
Their Gyros, melts, souvlaki and other specialties for lunch or dinner are too numerous to mention, and they are just as delicious whether you eat in or out. I can tell you that they make a lucscious Moussaka, and the greek pizza is also an excellent choice.
Its not fancy, but nice enough for a quick bite out, or to pick up some take out. We almost always get our neighborhood take out here and most definitely would go back again.
The Wild Fig, Greek/Mediterranean Pideria
I'm going to tell you now, right off the bat, that the lunch specials here are delicious, and the Moussaka is excellent, and just the right size for Lunch. In addition to the regular appetizers and platters, you can also pick your own salads. But if you try their Greek Pides (Pizzas), you may never want anything else. Its almost unlimited what they can do with a flatbread. Also, do not pass up the Hot Appetizer Sampler. You won't be sorry, even if you take the rest of your meal home.
The Wild Fig is a perfect lunch spot, warm and inviting, typical greek tile adorning the walls and floors, and a bit on the formal side. But you can get in and out at lunch. Although, it can be on the pricey side.
The entrees, seafood entrees and grill entrees all have their special charm, but if you cannot decide, you can make your own combination - A chicken, shrimp and sirloin combo maybe? And, do not pass up the Pastitcio. Now that I've learned how time consuming this is to make, I certainly appreciate the one they have here, and the value you get for your money when you order it.
The Greek Corner, Voice Road, Carle Place
As much as I love The Wild Fig for its quiet elegance, I love Greek Corner for its homey, comfortable, c'mon in and sit where ever you want atmosphere. The walls are all painted with murals of Greece, but in a relaxed sort of way. The staff is busy, but always there to help. And talk about lunch specials: where else are you going to get soup or salad, entree and a drink for anywhere from $5.00 to $9.00 in that neighborhood?!!? And that tomato soup is damned good!
Their appetizers and combination (pikilila) platters are the best anywhere, hot, cold or a combination. Their gyro and chicken souvlaki are excellent. They boast lamb and falafel platters also, in addition to lamb, kabobs and shrimp -- and something called Bifteki (which I have never had but is Ground Beef Mixed with Egg, Onion, Herbs, & Served w/ Eggplant Salad & Tzatziki Sauce!
Entrees of course include Moussaka, Pastitsio, lamb and pork, and something called Eggplant Shoes: Eggplant Stuffed w/ Ground Beef, Topped w/ Bechamel Sauce, Baked in the Oven. I haven't had it but I'm going back to try it.
Stop in at the Greek Corner, either at Carle Place, or their other location in Franklin Square. You will not be disappointed.