For the past two decades, Steinberg’s Kosher Bake Shop has crafted kosher bakery treats along with comforting Jewish delicacies. All sweet vittles are made on location, including babka just like Bubbe’s ($7), mouthwatering meltaways ($7.25), and New York’s famous knishes ($1.75). Indulge in an array of cheesecake flavors ($9 each), or keep it healthy between desserts by visiting the made-to-order salad bar ($6/salad). Select sugar-free goods are available, carefully prepared by raising a wooden spoon to part the batter and mix in a pinch of sucrose-free pixie dust. With a friendly staff, newly renovated store, and plentiful coffee bar, Steinberg's combines the warmth of a family kitchen with the convenience of an urban café.
Brasserie Persil emulates the classic French café: it has rich wood paneling, stone-inlaid floors, and a wide variety of traditional French food. Brunches and lunches of goat cheese and mushroom crepes or croquet monsieurs make way for elegant dinners of steak tartare, filet of sole meuniere, and beef bourgignon. Feel free to sip a French wine, beer, or espresso martini as you finish up a dessert or a doodle of yourself scaling the Eiffel Towers on your placemat.
Aromas of broiling cheeses, roasting lamb, and baking spinach pies have filled Taste of Greece's dining area for more than 35 years, during which chefs haven't altered a single authentic recipe. Inside the restaurant, servers glide under arched white doorways, delivering plates of gyros, stuffed grape leaves, and kebabs. For dessert, patrons can dig into rice pudding or arrange pieces of honey-soaked baklava into chess openings atop blue tablecloths.
Cinelli's its menu of traditional Italian eats with an assortment of locally and organically grown ingredients. Broccoli rabe and melted fontina cheese ornament an appetizer of grilled beefsteak tomatoes ($7), piquing appetites and inspiring innovative Christmas-tree-decoration ideas. Chefs cover a plethora of 12-inch piada flatbreads with grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella ($8) or breaded and fried eggplant ($8). Black-tiger shrimp, string beans and sun-dried tomatoes tossed in garlic and oil brodetto slumber on a vegetable-infused risotto bed ($16), and 12-inch thin-crusted artisan pizzas topped with a variety of meats, cheeses, and veggies ($10+) nourish feasters in groups of two or three.
Elegance and comfort merge at Mio Posto, where white-linen-covered tables stand beneath a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Here, the chefs whip up Italian specialties served family style, encouraging groups to share the heaping portions, or do what families do, and hoard them until it's time to read the will. The menu teems with traditional Italian entrees made from both housemade and imported pastas and sauces, including chicken marsala, veal sorrentino, and eggplant parmagiana. While dining, guests unwind to backdrop of live music on Wednesday–Fridays at both Hicksville and Oceanside locations.
Bobby Carmosino's first memories of cooking and eating are all tied to his mother, whose love of crafting food won competitions held by Macy's and Bloomingdale's. As head chef at Solé, he channels her influences into updated recipes such as the braciola—his father's favorite dish—a pork tenderloin wrapped around mozzarella, prosciutto, and spinach. The shrimp limoncello, one of his proudest creations, blends creamy risotto with tart citrus, demonstrating the fresh flavors that earned Solé's menu an overall rating of extraordinary from Zagat. Served in a comfortable, casual room with walls the color of buttercups, diners enjoy these made-from-scratch meals alongside fish specials so popular, many customers order them sight unseen, according to general manager Dennis Durdaller.
Volcano's Burger and Salads emulates bygone American diners’ swivel seats and milk shakes, but the restaurant’s menu—filled with a draft beer section and allusions to its eponymous topographical feature—embraces modern times too. French fries "erupt" with chili and cheese or dip into Volcanic Chili hot sauce alongside burgers such as the veggie Mt. St Helens, the Mt. Vesuvius with fried tomato and mozzarella, and the Lava burger, whose sauce and gorgonzola cheese cause patrons to lose the game if stepped on. The kitchen also prepares waldorf and caesar salads and blends caramel-peanut-butter shakes for dessert.