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New to Glen Cove and looking for food!

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My wife and I just moved to Glen Cove from the city and are going through a bit of food shock. Since we have been so focused on the house, we have just been ordering from east wok and some pizza place called zozo's or something. Now that we are a bit more settled, we would love to hear about the terrific restaurants, takeout, delivery, grocery stores, specialty stores, and any other helpful hints. We love all cuisines, especially Thai and Japanese. I know it is asking a lot, but we are really starting from scratch. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Matty:

    Welcome to the neighborhood. My wife and I moved to Glen Cove about five years ago and were in the same situation you find yourself in now. Based on your message, here are my suggestions:

    Japanese: We like Shiki Sushi very much. It is in the shopping center by the Wendy's across from St. Patrick's church. We order take out from there regularly and it is probably our favorite restaurant in Glen Cove.

    Thai: We haven't found anything in Glen Cove but we really like Sarin Thai down Glen Cove Road in Greenvale.

    Chinese: Although there are many options, there aren't any standouts. East Wok might be as good as it gets. Another place to try is Uncle Dai's downtown. The rest of what we've tried are pretty much of the greasy so-so Chinese takeout variety.

    Middle Eastern: We like Wild Fig as a casual eat in or take out place. They make excellent kabobs and the pides (like a Greek pizza) are very good.

    Pizza: We used to like Delicious in the Stop & Shop shopping center but it has been replaced by La Casa Rustica which is OK but not as good. All of the other pizza we've tried in Glen Cove has been OK but nothing stands out. La Famiglia downtown is OK as well as the other places on Forest Avenue. How is that Zozo place? Worth a try?

    Grocery Stores: Aside from the supermarkets, we like Rising Tide, a health food store on Forest Avenue. They stock the usual healty-type foods and have some decent pre-made dishes in the back.

    El Salvadoran: There's a neat little El Salvadoran restaurant downtown near the corner of Glen Street and School Street. I've really enjoyed the papusas there.

    Excellent Restaurants: Of all the places we've tried in Glen Cove, we've really liked Riva Grill. Every time we go, we wind up ordering the tasting menu and it never disappoints. The service has been great and the food is wonderful.

    In the area, one place that we think is spectacular is Tupelo Honey in Sea Cliff. Fantastic restaurant in every respect.

    Despite what many on this board say, we thought Page One was OK. The food was fine, the service good, and the prices are reasonable (although the menu has some crazy mix and match setup - if you go you'll see what I mean).

    Just to mention, we've also enjoyed meals at the Coppertop Pub at Coles House, La Ginestra, and Gonzalo & Joe's.

    A few places to warn about that we found to be disappointments: Adirondack Grill (overpriced, so-so food, poor service) and La Pace (overrated, dull food - on par with what you'd be served at a catering hall).

    We haven't found decent bagels anywhere in Glen Cove. Your best bets are Locust Valley Bagels or, down Glen Cove Road, at the bagel place right past Northern Boulevard.

    I hope this helps. Obviously, they are just my opinions so I'd suggest you try as many places with an open mind as you can. If you find a place you like that I haven't mentioned (or didn't like), please post a message. After five years, we're still looking for good places nearby.

    Let me know if you have any questions or want more suggestions.


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    1. re: Smokey

      Thanks Smokey! Very helpful - we cannot wait to start exploring.

      Zozo's is just so so (sorry, couldn't help it) We had some pizza the day of our closing in one of the supermarket shopping centers, I think King Kullen, that I thought was very good. Seemed to be run by a family and had a lot of school children's art on the walls.

      Luckily I work in Soho so I can still grab some dumplings or hit NY Noodletown. Let me know if I can bring you anything...


      1. re: mattyp


        NY Noodletown? I'll take an order of Ginger and Scallion Lo Mein. I'll be on the 6:36 train tonight. Just kidding. : )

        Glad to help. I hope you enjoy trying out the restaurants and living in Glen Cove. We've been happy living here and consider it to be a very nice place to live with very good dining options for a city its size (and out-of-the-way location).

        I agree with your assessment of that pizza place by King Kullen. Pretty good but nothing spectacular. I think that's how most (if not all) pizzerias in Glen Cove could be described. Odd given the fact that there are probably more pizzerias per capita in Glen Cove than anywhere else on Long Island.

        One other Chinese place I forgot to mention is near the intersection of Glen Cove Road and Northern Boulevard on Northern Boulevard on the north side of the street. Hunan something-or-other. Very good.



        1. re: Smokey

          A little off topic, but you should check out Stressa on Northern Blvd for some outstanding Italian. If you have never been. Just West of the miracle mile near in that strip of stores in front of Lord & Taylor or something.

        2. re: mattyp

          Matty...I can make this easy for you--but only for a few restaurants. Pizza: Abeetza, on the east side of Glen Cove Road in Greenvale, just north of Northern Blvd. Sushi: far and away the best sushi in the area...maybe in ANY area this side of Nobu...is a new place in Glen Head on Glen Head Ave. called Kiraku. Our favorite before this opened was Hinata in Great Neck, but the opening of this place makes traveling to Great Neck unnecessary. Our friends drive out here from Douglaston because they prefer Kiraku to Hinata. Unfortunately, there's not much good Italian food in the area, which is really strange considering the overwhelming Italian population. Marra's on School Street is pretty fair for some dishes. La Pace used to be world class--it stinks now. Same for La Bussola--lousy and way overpriced. Every Italian neighborhood has a cheap Italian place that's good. Stango's has that reputation, but is ill-deserved. It's pretty lousy. By the way, Abeetza has good pizza but not good sauces for its pasta. Even more ironic is the fact that they make home made pasta to sell. We ate pasta dishes there last week and they were horrid. Stick with the pizza. Best Chinese is also in Greenvale, on Northern Blvd., just west of Glen Cove Rd. It used to be a diner many years ago, and looks like it, but it's quite good and called Hunan Taste. In the neighborhood, especially for takeout, though, is China Palace in the Stop and Shop shopping center. Not great, but decent neighborhood Chinese. At least the Shanghainese chefs can make all three sauces: Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan. Again, not great, but decent. Razzano's on Glen Street is decent for Italian specialties and provisions, especially meat and grocery, but their prepared foods, especially at the steam table in the back of the store, are dreadful. Oh, there's also a Karl Ehmer pork store on Glen Cove Rd. at the Greenvale/Brookville border. There's no seafood and no decent Greek/Turkish. For Greek/Turkish, definitely go to Chicken Kabob on Mineola Ave. (same as Willis Ave.) in Roslyn Heights, just north of the expressway. It blows Wild Fig (in Glen Cove) and anything else in its ethnic class away. Unfortunately, the best seafood in the general area are Riverbay in Williston Park (Willis Ave.) and Legal Seafoods (Walt Whitman shopping center in Huntington). Also unfortunate is the fact that BOTH are subpar--gives you some indication of how bereft the north shore of Long Island has become in the area of seafood. For something different, though, there's Cool Fish in Syosset, in an office park off Jericho Tpke.--quite good, though not a traditional fish house. If you find anything else that's good around here, please post. One thing that happens when you live in an area for a long time (I'm here since 1983) is that you stay away from places that used to be lousy but may have become good with new management over the years. It's possible that some of the bad ones have become good, so I'd love to hear about anything good you've discovered.

          1. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

            Rick-I agree with you on most of the things-The seafood sucks-Jolly Fisherman in Roslyn has a decent broiled Lobster though-if you can stand the moth-balls from the really old people that frequent there-I disagree with you on the pasta at Abettza the Penni Alla Vodka is phenomenal-my daughter who lives in the city has to get it when she comes out here-also I heard there was a good place in Roslyn for Lobster rolls-it's new but I don't know the name-for sushi try the place in the Harborview shopping center-I hear it's GREAT

            1. re: Kingphish

              The place in the Harborview shopping center is called Kotobuki. It's fair. It definitely does not deserve its reputation or the crowds it sports on Friday and Saturday nights. Better sushi, FARRRRRR better atmosphere: Kiraku on Glen Head Road in Glen Head. Try it once and I promise you won't brave the crowd again at Kotobuki.

              1. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

                I believe Kiraku is run by the same management as the old Shiki. Shiki morphed into another Japanese place - forget the name. Went there once and did not have a good experience. Within Glen Cove, I'd go to Fatty Fish for Sushi. Otherwise, Kiraku is the go to in the area.

                Since the OP asked about Thai, Chaopraya opened up about a month ago.

                Sarin Thai in Greenvale would be the other option, but I find Chaopraya more laid back and prefer the food.

                Iron Horse at the Glen Head train station for pub fare and German night on Wednesdays.

                1. re: philw66

                  Phil, I know this is mid-November, but on the chance that you check the boards from time to time I thought I'd ask about Iron Horse's burger. Decent? Or should I keep drivin'? I'd love to find a few good burger places on the north shore, but I'm not familiar with any other than the Buckram Stables in Locust Valley, which is too cutesy, clubby and stuffy for me--the Locust Valley lockjaw syndrome, dewnt yew knew. Yoiks, polo, anyone? Oh, but i should give props where due. Good burger, which they call the, ready?....Stabilizer. Waffle fries-regular or sweet, and other Caucasian stuff.

                  Iron Horse
                  20 Washington Ave, Westwood, NJ 07675

                  Buckram Stables Cafe
                  31 Forest Ave # 33, Locust Valley, NY 11560

                  1. re: Clambelly

                    Gallagher's Pub (don't trust my spelling) in Seacliff makes a decent burger and homemade fries.

                    1. re: Clambelly

                      Iron Horse makes a decent burger. The place is definitely not 'cutesy', serving mostly locals. They have nightly specials (German Wed and skirt steak Fri night). Not worth making a special trip for, but good fun if you happen to be in the area.

          2. re: Smokey

            Having grown up in the area, I can say that Smokey's critique is right on the mark. Yep, you have to travel down the road to Greenvale for good Thai and superb bagels - boy those bagels were great on those weekend late nights ....
            Add some old fashioned Italian - Stango's ... right in the middle of the old Italian section known as The Orchard ... the natives have gone there for years ... the restaurant has been around for over 85 of them ... Nice people. Good red-sauce place.
            Also to buy Italian goodies you have to hit Razzano's. An old fashioned salumeria ... with some of the freshest mozzerella around. You can get it as fresh as possible.
            Uncle Dai's is the only decent Chinese in town, by far.
            And yes, go to Henry's for that old-fashioned coffee shop deal. Great candy, made there seasonally. Great Easter bunnies. And a decent lunch, too.

            1. re: DaveW

              Just remembered...great bagel place opened on Forest Ave. in the King Kullen shopping center. It's outrageously expensive (as an example, egg salad is about 14 bucks a pound!!!), but it's very good. It's right next door to the world's most expensive dry cleaners. They claim to be a "green" cleaner, but man, you can BUY a new version of the garment you're having cleaned cheaper than paying them to clean the old one. Best burger around is the Stabilizer at Buckram Stables in Locust Valley. Apart from that, you'll have to search. No good diners around, but we locals are grateful that they just tore down one of the worst: Old Brookville diner, affectionately known as OBD, was horrendous, and now it's gone. YAY!

          3. Most of the Chinese places I've tried in Glen Cove are weak. If you wish to drive about 5-10 minutes west on Northern Blvd, you'll find Pearl East on your right (just before you hit Community Drive; Macy's will be on your left)- it's the best of the local Chinese places and not too far from Glen Cove.

            1. I like the old fashioned soda fountain/luncheonette atmosphere at Henry's. The food and ice cream was fine. The one time I ate at Macchu Picchu (sp?), the Peruvian place, the chicken was excellent.

              1. Rising Tide (the health food store) has excellent prepared foods.

                1. I have to disagree with you about one restaurant: Hunan Taste (not Uncle Dai's), also in Greenvale, but on Northern Boulevard, directly across from TJ Maxx is the best Chinese restaurant in the Glen Cove area. Uncle Dai's is pure crap and you'll be sitting with your elbows on the table next to yours. We take out from China Palace (deeper into Glen Cove, on Forest Avenue in the Stop and Shop shopping center...not great, but decent for "neighborhood" Chinese. In any case, far better than Uncle Dai's, which we "despai's"

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                  1. re: Rick

                    Hell, I'm old enough to remember that Hunan Taste used to be the Greenvale Diner!
                    I haven't been there in a while, but when I was, the duck was superb.
                    Uncle Dai's was for takeout/delivery only...

                  2. Welcome Matty!
                    Here is my personal assesment, not terribly different from Smokey..

                    Thai Food: Sarin Thai (Next to Barefoot Peddler on Glen Cove Road near Northern Blvd Intersection) Very authentic, though pricey.

                    Chinese: China Palace for sit down is quite good... East Wok gets a tad tired and for Take Out i recommend Jade Fortune. Avoid Sherwood Cuisine their food is bland and not desierable or worth the money.

                    Bagels: Not in Glen Cove!!!!!!! Greenvale, right across from the BP station is the Bagel shop to go to.. same entrance as for TJ Maxx / Equinox on Glen Cove Rd past the Northern Blvd intersection

                    Pizza: La Casa Rustica is closed now but used to be "good" and "satisfactory"
                    right now Marra's on Forrest and Glen Street intersection is good... great thin crust
                    La Famigilia is "decent"

                    Groceries: King Kullen is cleaner than Stop and Shop and has better sales, so does Waldbaums on Glen Cove Rd right past the Brookville Diner

                    Italian: I happen to disagree with Smokey on this one-- I love La Pace. My husband and I go there quite frequently for a good, hearty and delightful dinner

                    Greek: Andros on Glen Street. They strangely enough have a part of the menu with burgers, but they are great. Their hummus is to die for... and my family loves their souvlaki - They Deliver too!!!
                    Wild Fig is "nice" just not my cup of tea

                    I hope these suggestions help you find places suited to you and your wifes tastes.

                    Enjoy and welcome!


                    1. Glen Cove area: Best Chinese is in Greenvale (Hunan Taste), Northern Blvd., across from T.J. Maxx. There's a very Cantonese (typical neighborhood/greasy/decent) place in the Stop & Shop shopping center called China Palace. Best cold sesame noodles around and a few others. Best Greek/Turkish? Nope...all of 'em are lousy. Have to go to Chicken Kabob on Mineola Ave. in Roslyn Heights, just north of the expressway. Italian: Nothing authentic in GC, other than southern Italian (heavy, red), but if you like that, and I do, Stango's is good and very neighborhoody. It's in the "orchard," the old, Italian section (don't know the street, sorry), and Marra's isn't bad. It's on School St. just at the intersection of Glen St.. Sorry to disagree with my compadres here, but Rising Tide, while it's a well-stocked health food store, does not have good prepared foods. They're okay as prepared health foods go, but who wants that? Same with Razzano's, the salumeria on Glen St. Great place for raw meats and Italian specialties--even canned San Marzano tomatoes, but most of the prepared food is not good. The hot bar in the back is particularly lousy. For a place that carries the best Italian "supplies," they sure make a lousy sauce. The eggplant parmigiana they make some days is pure crap. But, if you want an Italian hero that uses sliced cold cuts, it's great, and they do the best job of slicing real Prosciutto Parma. For Sushi...best new place around just opened up. I was a huge fan of Hinata in Great Neck (still am), but the new one in Glen Head, at 127 Glen Head Rd. is now king. It's called Kiraku and it simply blows every Japanese restaurant I've been to away at not outrageous, not "Nobu-like" prices. Clean, friendly, attractive. Ben's, of course, in Greenvale, is the closest thing to Jewish deli there is if you're east of NYC. It's not Katz's and it's not Carnegie or 2nd Ave. Deli, but it's decent.

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                      1. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

                        Is Wild Harvest any good? I remember a good review in Newsday (not saying much!) awhile back.

                      2. Stressa is OK, good food but big on Attitude and a very Pompous bunch of Owners that are full of themselves. As are their clientele But over all it’s pretty good.
                        The Barefoot Peddler is more of a singles place.
                        Yes, La Pace Is overrated, with dull food, just not the same from when the old owner was there. And as for Brivo I’d say stay away at all cost. It’s Rip-Off city with a sky high attitude.

                        1. For pizza, try Sal's, at 137 Glen St, in a strip of stores behind a fast food joint. The crust is very good and the toppings and sauce are also the best in the area. I only get made to order whole pies, can't comment on the reheated slices. The calzones and heros are good, too.

                          For takeout Chinese, Sunrise at 683 Glen Cove Ave in Glen Head. Is better than any of the Chinese takeouts I have tried in Glen Head. Further afield, Number One Chinese Food,104 Mineola Ave in Roslyn Heights is a bit better, and has duck. It's right near Chicken Kabob, which has very good Mediterranean food. For the Israeli kosher variation, also in that neighborhood, there is Hummus World, near Roslyn High School.

                          For real sit down high class Chinese, go to Pearl East on Northen Blvd, near Macys.

                          1. Funny that the original thread here is almost 3 years old. Hope that Matty found his own likes and dislikes, and would love to hear back. 25 years ago Glen Cove was known for it's great Italian food, but through the years the immigrant population of Glen Cove changed, and things have changed food-wise as well. One of my favorite restaurant memory of all time was the first time I had tuna tartare at Zanghi's in Glen Cove. I don't think they have had a restaurant as good as that since he left. The original new american chef on LI. Don't forget about Barney's in Locust Valley. Just up the road from you and very good. Also, you are not that far from Bayville. I am not familiar with them, but I know there are people who frequent the restaurants there and can comment, so do a search and see what they have to say.

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                            1. re: robinsilver

                              After reading about Zanghi's I had an instant flashback to the 80's when "Nouvelle Cuisine" was the rage. Of course we had to try it. Suffice to say I enjoyed my meal immensely. Better half not so much. Portions were very small and not at all what he was used to. Left hungry and vowed NEVER to return. In truth he was totally unprepared as to what to expect.
                              On the other hand Barney's was one of our favs and ate there at least once a month. It's been awhile so looking forward to seeing how it's holding up.
                              18 Bay in Bayville we always enjoy. Homemade pastas killer.
                              Pine Island also in Bayville was the best place to go to enjoy the sunset on the top floor while having a few drinks and eating some pretty good sushi.
                              Thanks for going back robinsilver and bringing back old memories.

                              1. re: MKS

                                We were at Pine Island Grill a few weeks ago. We hit it on a great night, the sunset was unbelievable, better than I saw in Hawaii in May. The food, although very interesting sounding, was just so-so. Can't say I had a bad meal because the experience made it. The drinks were good too.

                                1. re: robinsilver

                                  Well, gang, just as I feared, it has happened. When this local sushi opened it was amazing. I've touted it to everyone I knew who was a fan of Kotobuki, Nisen and other respected Japanese restaurants. When we first visited Kiraku, we were so pleased that my initial instinct was that I very much hoped that the quality would remain just as it was that night. Somehow I knew it wouldn't, and, sadly, it has not. The fish is sliced narrower, and "sushi for 2" now contains only 2 pieces of tuna. Another piece of "white tuna" (actually a fish called escolar) has been replaced by a very tough (not my favorite) piece of I don't know what. I thought giant clam, but it's very white and very striated. Incredibly tough and chewy. Might be prized, but I didn't like it. The entire experience has been diminished, in my view. I'm going to have to give Kotobuki (in the small shopping center beneath the Roslyn Viaduct) another try and brave the ridiculous Friday night crowds.

                                  By the way....big kudos to Osaka at Springfield Blvd. and Union Tpke. in Flushing, Queens. They too are relatively young. I hope their quality does not slip over time. For now, they're one of my big favorites. Tough parking, absolutely lovely Japanese family run. Great rolls, very reasonable.

                                  Kiraku Japanese Restaurant
                                  127 Glen Head Rd, Glen Head, NY 11545

                                2. re: MKS

                                  Assuming you still read this....DO NOT go to Barneys.. the food has gone way downhill, perhaps quality/freshness is compromised since they are not nearly as busy as they used to be. Some of our favorites, and we eat out 4-5 times a week:
                                  Chinese- Only Hunan Taste, the freshest and tastiest
                                  Pizza- my kids like Marios and of course the all time favorite but its a trip is Little Vincents in Huntington (if you are ever there)
                                  Italian- La Ginestra and La Bussola (avoid the first one on Sat. night its a night as it loses its quiet elegance to all the tackies)
                                  Greek- We like Limani and am trying Ethos in Great Neck tonight, Limani is very expensive however
                                  Sushi- We only go to Nisen in Syosset...AMAZING SUSHI. Possibly better than Nobu and Blue Ribbon in the city! You must try it.
                                  Best neighborhood food- La Pizetta in East Norich, great Italian food, excellent fish and seafood dishes, family friendly, not super expensive.