Not coincidentally, the center column of Alibaba Afghanistan Fine Cuisine's menu is dedicated to the eatery's central dish: kebab. The mildly spiced, charcoal-grilled skewers are lined with succulent meats such as filet mignon and lamb shank, which has been slowly cooked in rosemary, garlic, and caramelized onions. But Alibaba's cooks aren't just kebab wizards?their other meaty mains include cornish hen paired with rice and scallion-stuffed dumplings smothered in housemade yogurt and meat sauce.
They likewise cater to vegetarians, with dishes such as housemade potato-filled turnovers and cauliflower simmered with tomato sauce and jalapenos. Feasts unfold inside a colorful dining room decorated with everything from framed paintings to disco balls, an homage to the kebabs John Travolta used to grease his hair in Saturday Night Fever.
Aside from supplying casual vibes, Panorama is known for slinging steamy cups of organic liquids and artfully arranged plates of breakfast and lunch fare. Kick off a day with a Jump Start—two shots of espresso blended with vanilla and cream ($3.45)—paired with a Locura wrap that wraps a whole-wheat blanket around eggs, soy beef, cheddar and monterey jack, salsa, and greens ($5.95). For lunch, snag a Parson burrito stuffed with black beans, lettuce, cheeses, salsa, and sour cream ($6.75; $7.75 with soy beef or chicken) or a veggie burger salad ($6.95), which high fives stomachs with an amalgamation of greens, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese, all topped with freshly diced veggie-burger bits plucked straight from the bur-garden.
Brasserie 214 traces its roots far across the space-time continuum. The original iteration of the restaurant launched way back in 1938, but recent renovations and menu evolutions have brought French, Northern Italian, Belgian, German, and Scandinavian culinary traditions to the fore. Entrees such as salmon niçoise and duck à l'orange, as well as specialty schnitzels, exemplify the kind of elegant dinner, lunch, and brunch fare prepared by the skilled chefs. Imported beers and stateside craft brews pour from the taps to complement that selection. Of course, it wouldn't be a Long Island brasserie or a valid retirement destination without a robust cocktail selection. To that end, bartenders mix together specialty martinis, sangria, and sidecars with Bacardi, Disaronno, and fresh lemon juice served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Cuisine Type: Gourmet Deli and American
Most popular offering: Sandwiches, Salads, and Burgers
Reservations: Not offered
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Number of Tables: 25?50
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Call in advance to place your order and avoid the midday rush.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Diverse and deli-centric, but we have a full kitchen and utilize our chef to create exciting flavors to keep our regular clientele happy and engaged.
Has your business won any awards?
Best Philly in Queens from Grubhub in 2010 and 2011, and Best Sandwich in Queens from Grubhub in 2013 and 2014.
Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?
We use Amish chicken, which, while not organic per se, is sustainably raised and fed a good diet without hormones and steroids. We use paper products for takeout and do not use foam.
A Japanese, French-fusion, and Thai restaurant, Laverne of Great Neck was voted one of Long Island’s 2012 Best Fusion Restaurants by readers of the Long Island Press’s annual Best of Long Island poll. Inside the eatery, a prominent sushi bar serves as a reminder of the restaurant's Japanese pedigree, with sushi and sashimi on display to passersby. On the menu, diners discover cuisine that crosses cultural borders, such as the steak frites, which Long Island Pulse magazine called "a true fusion dish," featuring "superior sirloin sliced steak…and an addictive Asian sauce." And, much like sleepovers shared between UN representatives, Laverne wraps up its worldly spectacle with various desserts, as well as drinks such as beer, wine, and sake.
With adoring accolades from the New York Times, Jean Marie Patisserie & Bistro delightfully dishes out European and American cuisines set in a cozy Parisian café-inspired atmosphere. With around 30 years of experience creating culinary charms, owner John Muscarello and his staff stuff paninis, pastries, salads, and more with fillings and gourmet flavors ready to greet tongues tired of only tasting the underside of envelopes and the crusts of other people's sandwiches.