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Aug 9, 2008 08:33 PM

Great Neck

Meeting some people for lunch in Great Neck. I know there are loads of restaurants but I haven't eaten in any of them. Any recommendations? Any restaurants to avoid? Help me choose. We don't want chinese or a pizza store. Thanks.

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  1. We enjoyed Chatanooga very much. Upon arrival, we were presented with a dish of pickles, olives, and marinated vegetables. After ordering, another (complimentary) appetizer was brought to the table. By the time the two of us had eaten these, and then the appetizers we actually ordered, we were already pretty full. We each only ate about half of our entree, and had the rest wrapped to take home. I had not intended to order a dessert, but since we were there for a birthday celebration, my husband suggested that we should have a little something. We ordered the small baklava plate, which turned out to consist of six pieces of baklava. Again, we had a taste, and brought the rest home. This was accompanied by another complimentary treat--some tea. The food was plentiful, the service was quite attentive, and the evening was very pleasant. I recommend the restaurant highly.

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    1. re: queenscook

      Colbeh (Persian) and Danny's (Persian) are really good. The Bistro Deli next to Bistro Grill is also good. Shishkabob Palace (Mideastern) is also good. I have never been to Natalie's (Dairy and fish).

    2. Natalie's has closed.
      There is also the reliable Cho-Sen Chinese restaurant.

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      1. re: mggn

        I would not recommend cho-sen, not because of its quality, but bc the poster wants to avoid chinese. my recommendations in great neck would be colbeh for an expensive lunch or bistro deli for a reasonably priced lunch. i would steer clear of dannys bc their food is not always fresh. Since Natalie's closed, the only dairy option that is NOT pizza is la gellato, which is literally connected to la pizzaria. they make great paninis and desert crepes (very few, if any, other choices there though).

        1. re: daverose808

          I have to be in Great Neck tonight-where can I get good shwarma?

          1. re: abu applesauce

            For schwarma and only schwarma, on Laffa I'd go Tel Aviv up
            Middleneck by the Village Green, everything else I have had there was bad and the place is not pleasnt to eat in . Number two would be Shish Kabob Palace by the Squire.My favorite, a place you have tried, is Hummus World in Roslyn. Maybe you can try something that nobody has written about and make a great discovery, good luck.

            1. re: stuartlafonda

              I only like turkey/lamb schwarma so I am biased. Shishkabob Palace is the only place in Great Neck that has this kind of schwarma. The other places only carry baby chicken (dark chicken meat) schwarma. I know that it might be a bit of a shlep, but I prefer Grillpoint in Queens (KGH) over the Great Neck places. It is especially good if you have chumus and turkish salad in the pita as well.

              1. re: moonlightgraham

                I need to be in Great Neck tonight for work, so I'll be eating in Great Neck. Tel Aviv sounds perfect--I want a hole in the wall and not spend more than 12 bucks or more than 15 minutes. Pure fressing. I plan on making a quick stop at the A to Z market, which carries excellent roasted nuts, maybe I'll ask those guys for a recommendation too.
                Or, god forbid, try a place on my own

                1. re: abu applesauce

                  they'll likely send you to the place on the corner by hapisga

                  i cant remember the name, but the food is horrible, and the shwarma at hapisga is horrible, once youre going to a to z, go to grill point

                    1. re: abu applesauce

                      Main Street in Kew Garden Hills

                      Central Avenue in Cedarhurst

                      North Avenue New Rochelle

                      None in Great Neck.

                      1. re: abu applesauce

                        no, but a to z is in queens, once youre heading to a to z in queens, go to gr4ill point

                        1. re: shoelace

                          There's an a to z in gerat neck too, thus the confusion...

                          1. re: abu applesauce

                            I ended up in Danny's--didn't get shwarma--the food was fantastic (and pricey). The stuffed grape leaf was amazing. It's worth a trip alone. Also, A to Z on Middle neck Road has fantastic assorted nuts. Almonds roasted in smoked garlic--delicious.

                            1. re: abu applesauce

                              Good work, I will put it on my list for a family Sunday dinner when I want to stay local. I have been let down by every Kosher/Persian/Israeli joint in Great Neck, but I won't give up, so what else did you order?

                              1. re: stuartlafonda

                                My situation was not ideal: I had to be in Great Neck Village Hall by 7:30 and I arrived too late to Danny's. I ordered the stuffed grape leaves (amazing) and some babaganoush with Israeli salad, both very good. I ordered a meat kebab with rice--fogot what they call it, but I was in such a rush, I had to take it to go. It sat in my car for two and a half hours (fortunately, not a particularly hot night). When I got home at ten, I didn't want to eat it, but I needed to taste it and the meat was very good. I think my excitment in prior post was for the grape leaves--maybe I don't have enough Persian experience, but to me it was a unique tasting dish and quite delicious.

                                1. re: stuartlafonda

                                  my favorite persian is patoug in queens, try them if that's what you're looking for

                                  it's in bayside, which means its less than 10 minutes out of great neck if that's where you're coming from

                                  1. re: shoelace

                                    Born and raised in Bayside so I know where it is, thanks,I will keep it in mind.

                                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                                      Personally, I prefer the Persian restaurants (like Colbeh) to the typical Mideastern places for chicken kabob. I happen to like the Persian style of chicken kabob. The chicken is marinated in a lemon/saffron mixture. The typical Mideastern establishments that I have been to don't marinade the chicken. I therefore find the Persian kabob tasty, while the typical chicken kabob is not as tasty..

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