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Mediterranean / Middle Eastern in Nassau?

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Howdy all. I've promised a vegetarian a middle eastern meal this week somewhere in central-western Nassau and am wondering what the best choice would be. I've seen the kebab place on Hempstead Tpke in East Meadow (not sure what it's called, but it's in the shopping center with a Bank of America and a Starbucks), and Ayhan's Shish Kebab in the Source mall, but haven't been to either. Any recommendations on either these two or anywhere else local? I'm mainly looking for good hummus and falafel. It doesn't have to be fancy, but should be appropriate for a casual date. Thanks!

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  1. We've eaten several times at Ayhan's in Plainview and was always good. Wild Fig in Glen Cove (NW Nassau) was pretty good. We like Kabul Grill in Hicksville but never did vegetarian. Nice for a casual date. Good luck...

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    1. re: MacTAC

      I'll second Wild Fig. The mezze varies from good to very good, and they have numerous vegetarian options to choose from on the dinner menu. The best thing about the place may be their fresh baked breads and pides (Turkish pizzas), and again there are vegetarian options there as well (eggplant, spinach...). It has a nice, yet casual vibe to it also.

    2. I like Ayhan's in Pt. Washington. I've always found the food to be quite good and the prices reasonable. Haven't tried Wild Fig. There's also a Turkish place in Great Neck called Tulip (near the train station on the South side) -- I haven't been but I've heard it's very good and sometimes has live music or bellydancing.


      1. ayhan's is good in rockville center also (on sunrise and north village avenue). and in port washington they have the "fish-ka-bob" place across the street. they've always been good. in great neck on cutter mill road is chatanooga (sp?). this place is kosher so they're closed friday night/saturday. but really really good.

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        1. re: hana

          I tried Chatanooga a few months ago and found it decidedly "eh." What did you have that was really good? I've tried a few of the other kosher restaurants in Great Neck (kosher in-laws) and I'm always disappointed, so I may just not like this type of food very much.

        2. i'm not sure. my brother in law is friends with the owner so he brought over special platters with mixed grills, and various rice dishes. i figured if that was great then the other regular menu items would be just as good. there you go, never "assume" anything. next time i go i'll go without the "b-i-l" and test on my own.

          1. You may be right. I think you get better service, but I'm sure most of the stuff was on the menu. I think it's more likely that, since this is not my preference for type of food, I can only find it "okay." I know there are plenty of places that I enjoy that get mediocre reviews, but that's the beauty of Chowhound -- the endless variety of opinions.

            1. Tulip, in Grat Neck is an excellent Turkish restaurant. Wonderful eggplant dip and everything I have tried has been very good. Big room and nicley decorated, very quiet, good for conversation. If the O.P. considers Turkish to be middle eastern that would be a good choice. The Kebab House on Northern in Little Neck is another excellent restaurant and is also Turkish. I have not found one "chow worthy" middle eastern restaurant in Great Neck.

              1. Thanks for the suggestions, all (I've banked them for the future; I do love me some Turkish food). I assumed that the praise for the other Ayhan's locations extended to the Westbury location (which is much closer for me) and we went there last night. The food was good (although the hummus could have used a little more garlic, and the falafel a little less ... fennel maybe?), with the zucchini latke and babaganoush particular standouts. The waiter (who was Turkish) was very friendly and accommodating. The mall atmosphere left a little to be desired, but overall I'd call it a success. Thanks again!