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Great Turkish in Westbury, Long Island!

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Great Turkish in Westbury, Long Island!

Jim Leff | Sep 25, 2002 11:01 PM

Thanks and congrats to ace Long Island hound Paul Trapani who spotted this place.

I've not done side-by-sides, nor have I thoroughly explored the menu, but I'm pretty sure Mediterranean Kebab House in Westbury is the best Turkish brick oven restaurant in the area (including the good places in Cliffside Park and Sheepshead Bay).

This is a sub-genre of Turkish cuisine, where lots of items revolve around a brick oven. Lots of pide (pretty much pizza, but much deeper, pronounced like "pita"), lahambajin, baked desserts, and mezze (apps) served with incredibly fresh crusty bread (very generously portioned). I had their pide with basturma (spicy dried beef) and egg and cheese, and it slew me. The lahambajin (minced lamb on thin bread) were the best and freshest I've ever had.

there are kebabs, too, and Paul says they're terrific.

the only app we tried, eggplant salad, was merely ok to my taste, but I'm very spoiled by great versions of this dish. It's an A-minus compared to other local versions, though. Friendly and well-made, though not intense enough. GREAT on the bread.

Our waitress was extremely friendly, prices are low. And one amazing thing....Turks always joke about how their "pide" is just like American pizza...but these guys actually make American pizza, too. It looks skewed, I've got to try it. They also do hot heroes (veal parmigiana, etc). Weird.

There are a ton of Turkish restaurants opening in Queens and Long Island. I've not found one I even like. This one I love. Pass word around, let's reward quality with our patronage so the good guys win.

If you take the Post Ave exit off the Northern State Parkway, they're south about 1/2 mile.

ciao

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