Try Three Cultural Cuisines At These New Restaurants on Long Island

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Hook & Reel is opening two more LI locales. (Photo by Rachel Ayotte)

Ready to spice things up a bit? Here are three new restaurants on Long Island that serve different kinds of tasty, cultural cuisine.


Peri-Peri Guys founder Hafeez Raja has brought traditional South African spices to Nassau County. Peri-peri sauce is made from African bird’s eye chili peppers and has a history dating back to the 15th century. 

Wings ($7.89-$14.89) can be served with peri-peri sauce, and burgers and sandwiches ($9.89-$15.89) with peri-peri mayo. The choice of spice level is yours. Choose from plain, lemon and herb, mango and lime, mild, hot, and lastly, extra hot. Sides include mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, peri rice, and peri-peri fries ($3.99-$4.99).

Peri-Peri Guys is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant offers dine-in service, takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery. A third local location is coming soon to South Shore Mall in Bay Shore.

285 South Broadway, Hicksville, 516-470-0303, periperiguys.com


With locations in more than 20 states, this Cajun seafood restaurant’s second Long Island outpost — its first opened at Hicksville’s Broadway Mall — in Valley Stream.

Hook & Reel’s menu offers a selection of made-to-order seafood boils as well as half-pound mini-boils ($8-$15.50). If you prefer not to create your own, there are always combo boils, the biggest being “the reel catch”: snow crab leg clusters, lobster tails, and a choice of two more options ($49). Seafood lovers can also enjoy their breaded-and-fried lobster tail, shrimp, catfish, flounder, and shrimp baskets ($12). All baskets come with regular or sweet potato fries.

Hook & Reel is open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery, seven days a week.

694 Sunrise Hwy., Valley Stream, 516-460-8411, hookreel.com


Named after the Greek word for “together,” Mazi aims to bring people together with classic Mediterranean dishes.

This Greek kitchen serves steak kebab platters ($29), souvlaki, New Zealand lamb chops ($34), chicken or beef and lamb gyros, and spanakopita, a savory spinach, and cheese pie ($12). Gyros and souvlaki are offered as both platters ($19) and pita sandwiches ($12). Look nowhere else for dessert either. Mazi has many options: chocolate cake, ice cream, baklava, fruit salad, Greek yogurt, and galaktoboureko, a pastry made with custard and honey syrup ($8).

Offering dine-in service as well as takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery, Mazi is open seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

326 West Jericho Tpke., Huntington, 631-425-1196, maziny.com

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