West End Cafe and Yuki's Palette---Nassau County
Hi, I'm new to the board and have to let everyone know that West End Cafe in Carle Place (187 Glen Cove Rd) is a delicious and surprising find! I started with Lobster bisque, and although I was disappointed that there were no lobster chunks, the soup was tasty with a slightly spicy kick in the back of the throat. My friend had Pan-Seared Lobster (used to make my soup perhaps?) and I had Asian Five Spice Seared Tuna; both were very fresh and flavorful. For dessert, I had a creme brulee with fresh diced peaches tucked inside--warm vanilla tones flavor a slightly thick custard. I ate every spoonful and craved another one! The atmosphere is open and airy with apricot-sponged walls. The experience was very unexpected and I look forward to returning very soon.
Also, anyone ever been to Yuki's Palette (611 Old Country Road in Westbury)? I would recommend it except it really depends on whether or not Yuki is behind the counter. They have a particularly good Sushi From Maine, which is lobster with rice, wasabi, and a tiny lemon segment (rind included) that delivers a fresh punch to the taste buds. However, the last time I was there, I was disappointed that the lobster was almost yellow with a slightly fishy quality. It may be time to try a new sushi place. (Looks like Nagashima is a good one to try.) Has anyone had a similar experience there?
Welcome to the board, it's always good to have another Long Islander posting. Who knows, maybe someday soon Long Island will have its own board...
If you're willing to travel for your sushi (and you'll be willing once you try it), try Kazu, without a doubt one of the best on Long Island. One warning, it's not cheap, especially when ordering a la carte. Nagashima is good, but I feel it's a bit overrated. I remember having a good dish of udon noodles once at Yuki's Palette.
Kazu Japanese Restaurant
127 Smithtown Blvd # 23, Nesconset, NY 11767
Phone: (631) 724-5730
Also worth trying and not as far or expensive is
300 Central Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714
A previous poster recommended the eel, which is featured in many of their rolls and I concur with this reccomendation. I reccomend the Jeff's Roll (tempura shrimp, eel, asparagus, cucumber and fish roe with eel sauce) and Michael's Roll (spicy tuna surrounded with black, red and green fish roe) is delicious and visually stunning. This place has a nice ambience different than the typical sushi joint. The even have outdoor tables. Also, for those of you fortunate enough to live within 15 minutes they deliver.
Just went to West End again after a while. What a steal!!
$28.95 twilight menu. Great list of choices, 3 courses.
I had 2 delicious mini-Asian duck "tacos", kinda like eggrolls. Excellent. The pork chop w/ polenta was amazing...it was about 2 inches think, no fat, juicy and so tasty. Wife's split pea w/ bacon and roasted chicken w/ mashed were both excellent as well. Had a tremendous brownie a la mode and chocolate crusted cheescake to top it off. Even offered tasty bread.
This place is as good, if not better, than ever.
Sweet, professional staff as well.
I was there this past Friday, wife and i split the duck tacos and they were in fact amazing, also we split the tuna tower which was very good, the grilled portabello and mozzarella which seemed very fresh and was tasty, and we also split the sliders. These were the best sliders i have ever had, but the crispy pommes frites seemed like absolutely nothing special.