For those unfamiliar with the story, a little background: TLV is a kosher restaurant in Great Neck that was opened by the chef Michael Ginor a number of years ago. It has done very well and in was always crowded. Then last year, Mr. Ginor opened another, non-kosher restaurant in town called Lola, which has become very popular and serves, in my opinion, some of the best food in Nassau County. Apparently, because he owns a non-kosher restaurant, the kosher authoriites have pulled his "certification," meaning that TLV is no longer kosher, even if it serves the same food, cooked by the same people, on the same plates, etc. Because the restaurant is located in the old village of Great Neck, which is very religious, business is likely to plummet. We went last Friday night (they opened on Fridays when the certification was pulled) and it was pretty much empty.
So, if you want to try a restaurant that serves very good food (Middleeastern fare with some interesting twists), and support a chef who has really improved the dining scene in Great Neck, I would encourage you to try TLV. Not only will you get a good meal (try the Vietnamese shawarma baguette or the pulled brisket) but you will be, in a small way, standing up against the ability of religiuos authorities (in America!) to shutter a business because the owner operates a separate business that they don't like.