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Gyro Time East Northport- Gone. Aegean Grill - Not worth it.

sbp Dec 16, 2012 07:44 PM

Gyro Time is no more. New ownership, Aegean Grill. I put in a phone order for "Greek Gyro" and Souvlaki.

At Gryro Time, "Greek" gyro meant layered lamb, beef on a spit. Very homemade. They had 3 spits going, each with a different meat. A bad sign when I went to pick up: only one spit, with the generic cone of commercial looking gyro meat; homogeneous, pasty grey. Souvlaki and Gyro were just OK, nothing special.

  1. mcf Mar 10, 2013 10:15 AM

    Sadly, after a return trip, I have to agree with your topic header. :-(

    I always want to be sensitive to the fact that we're not just commenting on a location, but someone's very livelihood, which is why I made a return trip and sampled several things off the regular menu.

    I'm not going to go into a lot of detail, but I will say that better quality and freshness of ingredients and plating that makes it look like something you'd want to eat would be good starts.
    Also, the saltiness of almost everything we had was unbelievable, and we like salt!

    I hope these folks thrive and prosper by taking a careful look at what they're putting out there.

    1. mcf Mar 1, 2013 05:30 AM

      A Northport friend of mine has told me the restaurant under the new ownership is very good, and that the meat is still house made. I'm looking forward to going back.

      sbp, did you ask them, as I did the last owners, where the meat is made?

      I had some less than great meals on rare occasions when it ws Gyro Time, too, though it was usually very good. There were some consistency issues discussed on these boards a while after opening.

      6 Replies
      1. re: mcf
        sbp Mar 1, 2013 07:20 AM

        I didn't ask. And I've heard better things since. Maybe it was just early into their ownership.

        1. re: sbp
          mcf Mar 1, 2013 07:23 AM

          I'm glad you re-posted, I'd hate to see one of the two best places hurt by what's posted here. We also love Souvlaki Palace in Commack, tough to park there, though, but huge amount of food for the money.

          1. re: mcf
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            js1604 Mar 2, 2014 08:06 AM

            The food at both establishments is low quality. Very little of it made in house. What is is not fresh, just thrown back onto the grill to reheat. Really miss Gyro Time.

            1. re: js1604
              mcf Mar 2, 2014 08:13 AM

              I posted about our awful experience eating at the new "Gyro Time." Just dreadfully bad. I miss the original terribly, too.http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8823...

        2. re: mcf
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          js1604 Mar 2, 2014 08:12 AM

          mcf, unfortunately your friend was wrong. Aegean Grill is a sub-par Greek restaurant. I was a big fan of Gyro Time as all of their food was fresh and homemade. They did have some consistency issues, but I believe that was a result of everything being fresh and not coming out of a box from Sysco. The Aegean Grill's gyro met is definitely not homemade. It's the gray, commercial stuff. Beacuse my grandmother loves the place, I'm basically there weekly, so I have plenty of experiace to speak from. Stick to the soup and salad.

          1. re: js1604
            mcf Mar 2, 2014 08:15 AM

            I'll stick to staying out of the place as I have since our one visit. Disagree wtth you about Souvlaki Palace, though. Not as good as Gyro Time was, but way above GT replacement.

        3. mcf Dec 17, 2012 10:50 AM

          So sad, Gyro Time was the best to be had in the area, and all house made gyro meats. :-(

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            budcar Dec 16, 2012 08:49 PM

            Ah, now I know why the last time I was there a few weeks ago, the restaurant was still called Gyro time but my credit card statement showed Aegean Grill as the charge

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