May is National Mediterranean Diet Month, and what better way to celebrate than by heading over to one of Long Island’s many great Greek restaurants?
The public voted Sufiya’s Grill Best Mediterranean Restaurant on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island competition. Neraki Greek Mediterranean won Best Greek Restaurant on Long Island in that contest, The Greek Place earned the title of Best Gyro on Long Island and Athenian Greek Taverna was named Best Spinach Pie on Long Island!
When the mood for Mediterranean cuisine strikes, there is no better place to satisfy that urge than Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill in Huntington. They take special care to present the delicacies, like a feta-filled Greek salad with chunks of white meat chicken grilled to perfection, to lamb, eggplant and falafel specialties. Be sure to try the stuffed grape leaves. And don’t you dare leave without sampling some grilled octopus!
Mediterranean cuisine served in a warm, inviting atmosphere with a diverse menu of items masterfully prepared with fresh ingredients has made Sufiya’s Grill a favorite among Long Islanders. Grilled kebabs, tasty seafood and delicious homemade stews have consistently helped it earn the top spot in this prestigious category. This family owned-and-operated restaurant in East Meadow also specializes in authentic Persian cuisine, which features Kashkeh Badenjan (chunky eggplant and tomato dip), Babaganosh and Sambuseh as appetizers, and custom-made Persian ice cream for dessert.
The Greek Place’s Chef Pete has created Greek Fusion, which incorporates home-style Greek food with other national and international dishes—from the Gyro Philly Steak, which is made with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms and melted cheddar, to the Italian Gyro, which consists of sauteed gyro, melted mozzarella and marinara. Aside from having many traditional dishes available, Chef Pete delivers a new way of enticing your taste buds. The gyro made at The Greek Place is sauteed and cut off the all-famous “Gyro Cone,” yet it is made to order so you get fresh juicy gyro—sauteed on a flat iron grill and splashed with an au jus that will make your mouth water and your soul sing!
And as for the spinach pie, to the warm and welcoming staff of Athenian Greek Taverna, it’s spanakopita. No matter what you call it, nobody does it better than Athenian. Layers of flaky phyllo dough and spinach greens with a feta cheese mixture–a perfect balance of delicious flavors. Like everything cooked up at Athenian, the spinach pie is made “Yiayia’s way,” just like grandma makes it, with fresh and authentic ingredients. Make Yiayia proud and be sure to order enough spinach pie to share with everyone on your next visit to Athenian Greek Taverna.
To find all the other 2017 Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Winners of the 2018 contest will be announced in February. Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.
Neraki Greek Mediterranean is located at 273 Main St. in Huntington. They can be reached at 631-385-3474 or Neraki.com
Athenian Greek Taverna is located at 2187 Jericho Turnpike in Commack. They can be reached at 631-499-7660 or atheniangreektaverna.com
The Greek Place is located at 2144 Jericho Tpke. in Garden City Park. They can be reached at 516-673-4545 or thegreekplacegcp.com
Sufiya’s Grill is located at 2320 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow. They can be reached at 516-644-2200 or sufiyasgrill.com