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Open: Lamed Vav in Great Neck

Quinoa salad at the new kosher restaurant Lamed

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Lamed Vav, a glatt kosher continental restaurant, has opened in Great Neck opposite the Long Island Railroad station.

It's under the supervision of Vaad of Queens, and is the second glatt kosher restaurant on Long Island from owner Alex Levine, who also operates Brasserie HaLevi in Cedarhurst. Levine is expected to reopen Levine's Patisserie on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, too.


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Moonstone in Great Neck: First bites

Whole red snapper in sweet-and-sour sauce is served

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The moonstone, which symbolizes everything from passion and vision to healing and luck, now signifies something even better: very good Chinese food in Great Neck.

Sleek and handsome, Moonstone transforms the Northern Boulevard space close to the Nassau-Queens border long-occupied by Harvest Buffet. More important, the restaurant brings back a taste that has been missing for decades.


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Burton & Doyle in Great Neck sold

Burton & Doyle, Great Neck

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Burton & Doyle, one of the prime restaurants along Northern Boulevard's steak row  in Great Neck, has been sold.

The buyers are Joseph Zangri and Bert Brodsky, co-owners of City Cellar in Westbury.

Zangri, who also operates Watermill Caterers and Restaurant in Smithtown, was co-developer of Rare650 in Syosset and Insignia in Smithtown, both properties of restaurateur Anthony...

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Burger Village opens in Great Neck

A burger is served at the new Burger

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Two new spots have upped the burger ante in Great Neck, where the grills are burning hotter than ever in four competing burger-centric restaurants. Burger Village just opened in the former Jean Marie Patisserie & Bistro space on Middle Neck Road. “We are an all organic, healthy, eco-friendly establishment,” said co-owner Nick Yadav, whose brother,  Vick Yadav,  is chef. On the menu,...

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Om Bistro in Great Neck closes

At Om Bistro in Great Neck, trout cakes

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Om Bistro, chef Richard Desmond's ambitious "comfort contemporary" restaurant, has closed. The restaurant at 4 Welwyn Rd. in Great Neck had been open less than a year. Desmond, an accomplished tenor, has been referred to as the "singing chef," whose voice could be heard in dining rooms over the years. He has been chef at Bliss in East Setauket and Public House 49 in Patchogue....

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Mexican and Tex-Mex at Senor Nacho in Great Neck

Senor Nacho in Great Neck (2013)

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Senor Nacho, new to Great Neck, brings a repertoire combining authentic Mexican specialties with Tex-Mex classics. The place offers table service and a full bar and moves into the former digs of Miraku. On the menu: guacamole, prepared tableside ($11), chicken or beef (shredded or ground) chimichangas ($14) and soft corn tongue tacos ($3). And, of course, you can get nachos with a variety of toppings...

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Lola in Great Neck: Small is beautiful

Sweet roasted figs served at Lola in Great

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Normally, I don’t love tapas. Give me a huge plate of pasta from Gino’s in Manhasset, or a large meatball panino from Red Tomato in East Norwich, or a big bowl of borscht from Silver’s in Southampton, and I’ll be thinking the world is a good place. At Lola  in Great Neck, globe-trotting chef-owner Michael Ginor has always emphasized small plates, but he recently converted the restaurant to...

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Bareburger, Great Neck: First bites

Bareburger's big blue bacon burger. (June 6, 2013)

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Beef, bison or boar? That's only one of the myriad choices you'll have to make after a perky server takes you through the complicated menu at the newly opened Bareburger in Great Neck. Unlike most burger chains, this small New York City-based franchise, known for its ''free-range, pasture raised, humanely raised, antibiotic-, gluten- and hormone- free" meats, offers table service and serves...

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Kosher restaurant opens in Great Neck

Leah's Bistro in Great Neck. (June, 2013)

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New to the ever-evolving Great Neck restaurant scene is Leah’s Bistro, a glatt kosher restaurant occupying the former digs of Dougie’s BBQ, a storefront that, years before, housed Myoora Thai. I stopped in to pick up a menu and recognized the Thai ceiling details from that incarnation. Chef Shmuel Baum, who hails from Israel, cooked at several big hotels in Tel Aviv. He offers a menu of European,...

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Bareburger opens in Great Neck

At Bareburger, burgers are made from free-range, pasture-raised

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Bareburger, the Queens-based chain that specializes in burgers both sustainable and exotic, opens Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Great Neck. For now, only dinner will be served; lunch should follow in about a week.

Bareburger opened its first location in Astoria in 2009 and, over the next four years, 11 more sprang up in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. The restaurants have a hip, rough-hewn...

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