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Pat Dec 28, 2004 08:31 AM

Does anyone know what happened to this long time fixture on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island ???

I drove past it the other day, and noticed it's now a Chinese Buffet.


  1. Motosport Mar 19, 2014 02:00 PM

    I loved Carolina's and miss them dearly. I'll have to try Fiorentino's.

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      Matt M. Dec 30, 2004 11:39 AM

      Are you sure it closed? I was there about 5 or 6 months ago and have been there a handful of times in the last 2 years. I agree it is overpriced for the quality, but it is still a decent meal.

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        Ian Dec 28, 2004 02:54 PM

        REALLY!? Oh man, please don't tell me that......

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        1. re: Ian
          Bob Dec 28, 2004 10:45 PM

          Was there about ayear or 2 ago. Empty, so so expensive food. Was disappointing. Not surprised it closed. Was good years ago.

          1. re: Bob
            JanetG Dec 29, 2004 06:35 AM

            Years ago the original people sold out, leaving the name and goodwill, and opened Fiorentino's on Avenue U. Carolina's remained popular out of habit and because it was fancier-appearing. (Fiorentino's is still on Avenue U, near the elevated train, still good.)

            1. re: JanetG
              GB Dec 30, 2004 03:10 PM

              I had dinner at Fiorentino's last week. The food was hot, plentiful and OK. I wouldn't classify it as wonderful but then again it was homey. We were a large party and we were served family style. I liked everything but thought that they could have used better seasonings and spiced it up a little.What do you all think?

              1. re: GB
                CubbyGreene Mar 18, 2014 04:38 PM

                I ate there many times and found it fairly good, about 3.5 stars at best. Certain dishes are pretty good, descent atmosphere.

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