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New in Bethpage: Madina Kabab House

Kababs come with brown rice strewn with carrots

Kababs come with brown rice strewn with carrots and raisins at the new Madina Kabab House in Bethpage. (March 2014) (Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick)

Good, no-frills eating defines the new Madina Kabab House in Bethpage. The casual counter-serve offshoot of the nearby Madina Market features a simple Afghani kebab-centric menu.

 We began a recent lunch with potato bolani ($1.99), flaky pastry squares enfolding deftly spiced mashed potatoes. So very comforting. A chicken tikka platter ($8.99) starred two skewers of juicy marinated grilled white-meat chicken pieces.  Then, there were chicken and beef kofta kebabs ($8.99), with ground seasoned meatballs threaded onto skewers and grilled to savory succulence. Platters included brown rice pilafs strewn with carrots and raisins, along with perfunctory iceberg-cucumber-tomato-onion salads.

The place has only a few tables and no decor to speak of. But for a fast and fine lunch — or takeout — it has what it takes to hit the spot.

Madina Kabab House is at 599 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage, 516-597-5222.

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