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As the leaves start showing their colors and the wind seems to blow more noticeably from the north, dining shifts along parallel lines to the season’s change.

Though in summer we may have sought out light salads, cool sushi, pasta with herbs and oil, a simple sandwich or even a frozen treat, cooler weather means heartier food — the kind that sticks to your ribs and fills your belly.

It’s no wonder that so many of us gain a few pounds over the winter. We slow down, shifting almost into hibernation, stocking up for the long winter ahead.

The good news is, many of our area restaurants know exactly what the change in season is all about. The menus on display throughout the borough in the last few weeks have shifted from the summer salad to the fall fill-up.

Perhaps its the change to football season that signals the actual trumpeting of the horn — that tells the leaves to turn from green to gold, that instructs sun to rise later and set earlier. Maybe it is the pharmacies and party supply stores taking out the Thanksgiving cards and decorations that heralds this new season. Once the Thanksgiving cornucopia is out, thoughts turn to stuffing, sweet potatoes and gravy — all desired after the long summer light snacking, but gravely regretted as fall turns into winter and the needle on the scale keeps ticking upward.

So enjoy eating out in the fall while you can. With just six weeks until Thanksgiving and another four until winter if officially here, take advantage of some of the best dining that the area has to offer.

Here is a sampler of highlights from the year, focusing on those meals that fill us up while sating our appetites. Thanks to Carol Brock for her help. Bon appetit.

Aji Restaurant

20-02 Utopia Pkwy.



Chef’s Choice


Tuna Tataki (grilled tuna w/ ponzu sauce)...$6.95

Edamame (cooked soy beans)...$3.95

Seafood Yaki Udon or Soba...$10.75

Oyako Don (cooked chicken, veg & egg over rice)...$8.75


Bar-B-Q Spareribs...$6.75

Scallion Pancakes (8)..$3.95

Shrimp with Chinese Eggplant... $5.95/$10.25

Grand Marnier Shrimp (jumbo shrimp, lightly, crisply coated blended in our chef's special Marnier sauce) ...$12.95

The Bottom Line

Two chefs, one Japanese, one Chinese. Full menu for each cuisine. Both excellent. Interesting menus. Japanese ambiance with sushi bar plus six 3 x 5 American flags attractively hung.


234-19 41st Ave.



fax 281-1417

Chef’s Choice

Cold seafood salad...$14

Baby greens with pears, walnuts & raspberry vinaigrette...$8

Veal chop Melanaise (with chopped plum tomatoes)...$28

Stuffed chicken breast with Japanese bread crumbs (stuffed with spinach, prosciutto, marscapone, and a Madeira sauce)...$18

Grilled ahi tuna (with red wine/blood orange reduction)...$25

Risotto pudding with berries...$8

Chocolate truffle cake with raspberry sauce...$8

The Bottom Line

Up scale Italian by LIRR station. North side. Bucolic setting. New menu coming up. Open seven days for dinner. Valet weekends and validated parking, south side lot.

Caffe Classico Ristorante

76 Middleneck Rd., Great Neck


Chef’s Choice

Melanzane Classico (grilled eggplant with fresh mozzarella, basil & sun-dried tomatoes)...$8.50

Alla Vodka (light pink tomato sauce with vodka and onions)...$14.50

Frutti Di Mare (shrimp, mussels, calamari & clams in marinara sauce)...$16.50

Vitello Portobello (veal cutlet with portobello mushrooms & spinach)...$18.95

Pollo alla Romano (with arugula, mushrooms, red onions & peppers)...$15.95

Pesce del Giorno Marcchiaro (sautéed in white wine, onions, capers & plum tomatoes)...Ask

Zuppa di Pesce (mixed seafood stew cooked in plum tomato sauce)...$20.95


Fruti di Bosco (7 or 8 fruits)...$5.75

The Bottom Line

Once a café, now a full fledged dinner ristorante. Fresh tasting Italian food. Outstanding salads. Dessert showcase holds 25. Focaccia, pannini and four bruschetta, thin-crusted personal pizzas available for dinner as well as lunch.


2370 Jericho Turnpike

Garden City Park


Chef’s Choice

Tenderloin of Lamb Risotto (baby artichokes, caramelized onions, lamb á jus)...$12

Housemade Gnocchi (rustic ragout of veal, pork & beef, shaved grana podona)...$9

Pan-Seared Veal Sweetbreads (arugula, brown butter, caper, golden raisin sauce)...$10

Seared Durade—Mediterran­ean baby black bass (slow poached broccoli rabe, fresh herbs, virgin olive oil & fresh lemon juice)...$24

Chocolate Truffle Mousse (caramelized bananas, peanut butter, gelato and banana gelato)..$7

The Bottom Line

A treasure: Fine dining. Refined ambiance. Professional service. Full bar with cordials and cognacs. Wine tasting dinners. In-season game dinners. Also perfect for small private parties.


196-50 Northern Blvd.



Chef’s Choice

Chimichangas (crispy flour tortillas filled with pulled chicken, red beans, queso blanco and sweet peppers)...$6

Tampiqueña (dry rubbed 16 oz. ribeye steak with garlic fries and roasted pepper salad)...$20

Salmon Casa Moneo (char-grilled salmon with black beans, salsa and rice in smoked chipolte sauce)...$17

Alambare à la Mexicano (skewered cuts of filet mignon, chorizo, onion, tomato and chile serranos with Mexican rice and beans)...$18

Cantina Flan (vanilla & caramel custard slowly cooked in their natural caramelized au jus)...$5

Brownie Stampede (warm homemade brownie topped with vanilla ice cream)...$5

The Bottom Line

New concept Tex-Mex. Texas ethnic fused with Mex using French techniques. Mildly spiced. Handsome, candlelit room fronted by Tequila Lounge and Bar. Appealingly lighted.

El Encuentro

71-04 Grand Avenue



Chef’s Choice

Empanadas “El Encuentro” (meat or chicken)...$2.50

Mussels & Clams Pussilipo—sautéed with garlic/oil/shallots & white wine...$6.95

Lobster Paella...$18.95 for one, $29.90 for two. (Friday Night only)

Pollo A La Brasa Estilo El Encuentro—Half roasted chicken Peruvian style...$8.50

Homemade custard (flan)...$5

Homemade crepes filled with milk caramel...$6

A lunch special is also offered for $8.95 between noon and 4 p.m., which includes soup or salad, choice of entree and a glass of wine.

The Bottom Line

The food is an intriguing mix of South American and Italian. The waiters are warm and gracious. And even if you’re not in the mood for an entire meal, it’s worth a visit for the flan alone.


25-73 Francis Lewis Blvd.



fax: 631-7513

Chef’s Choice

Jaeger Schnitzel (breaded beef cutlet Hunter style with cream of mushroom sauce)...*$9.50

Cordon Bleu (breaded chicken cutlet stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese)...*$8.25

Reuben Sandwich (corned beef with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on rye bread with potato salad)...$7.50

Bratwurst (German sausage)...*$7

Frikadelle (giant meatball, 50% beef, 50% pork)...*$7

*These items served with your choice of home fries, potato salad, French fries, cole slaw, potato pancakes, spaetzle)

The Bottom Line

German food to go. Typical German dishes served Hunter Style with cream of mushroom or Gypsy Style with peppers and onion sauce. Delivery to Bayside, Whitestone and College Point.


36-23 Queens Blvd.



Chef’s Choice

Peste afumat (smoked fish platter)...$3.99

Zinete (eggplant spread)...$3.99

Mamaliga (cornmeal served with feta cheese and sour cream)...3.99

Pastrav (grilled boneless trout)...$7.99

Mititei (Romanian grilled sausages)...$7.99

Sarmale (stuffed cabbage)...$7.99

Papanasi (fried doughnuts with sour cream and jelly)...$3.5O

Savarina (light ring cakes like baba au rum)...$3.50

The Bottom Line

“In” dining spot for Romanians. Impressively large, dramatic decor, Romanian statues. Wonderful desserts (savarina, crepes, profiterol, diplomat). Romanian favorites from stuffed cabbage to mamaliga (cornmeal with shredded feta and sour cream) to mititei (Romanian grilled sausages). Tall cups of Turkish coffee. Nice “little English” service.

Il Fresco

194-01 Northern Blvd. Bayside


Chef’s Choice

Gamberi Trevisano-Seared jumbo shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and served with orange balsamic reduction...$13.95

Bocconcino Di Mozzarella-Mozzarella and peppers wrapped with prosciutto, topped with pesto sauce...$8.95

Pollo Remy-Chicken breasts with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, cognac cream sauce...$15.95

Chilean Sea Bass Mare Chiaro-With mussels, shrimp, clams in garlic white wine and tomato sauce...$26.95

Agnello Aromatiche-lamb chops with sautéed spinach and mushrooms...$25.95

The Bottom Line

Dramatic cathedral like space plus loft dining. Fine Italian food. Good service. Outdoor dining "On the Boulevard".

Indian City

271-01 Union Turnpike

New Hyde Park


Chef’s Choice

Kati Kabab-veg/chicken (pan-fried tortilla stuffed, with spices)..$3.95/$4.25

Chicken Ginger Soup ...$2.95

Laccha Paratha flaky whole wheat flour bread topped with melted butter)...$2.25

Indian City Nan (nan stuffed with mildly spiced chicken tikka & herbs)...$2.95

Hari Chicken (chicken with house special spices in a coriander sauce)...$7.95

Crabmeat Masala (with spices in a tomato-based sauce)...$11.95

Chicken Biryani (saffron-flavored rice cooked with chicken & nuts)...$9.95

Lamb/Goat Pasanda (mild sauce garnished with nuts)...$8.95

The Bottom Line

Exterior bathed in pink glow at night. Fine Northern Indian cuisine. Good service. Soft Indian music.

J’s Seafood & Steakhouse

770 Middleneck Road

Great Neck


Chef’s Choice

Sizzled rare sesame crusted yellow fin tuna with a duo of sauces...$9.95

Oysters baked under spinach with sake and goat cheese... $9.95

Bibb lettuce with Asian pears and walnut crusted Sonoma goat cheese and citrus dressing...$7.50

Pan-seared chicken with penne tossed in a light Florentine cream sauce...$16.95

Macadamia nut crusted Chilean sea bass with port sauce...$17.95

Grilled swordfish with lobster meat and a citrus caper butter sauce...$22.95

J’s fresh pear tart (fresh sliced pears baked atop a flaky puff pastry crust and served with vanilla ice cream)...$7.50

The Bottom Line

Picket fenced patio viewable from dining room and bar. A new seafood and steakhouse. American menu. Lots of seafood. Three steak selections. Interesting desserts. Very caring service.

Kati Allo

29-06 172 St.


939-1616 fax 463-9544

Chef’s Choice

Feta (melted with spices)...$3.95

Hummous (on pita)...$3.25

Melitzanosalata (a nice eggplant dip)...$3.95

Pastitsio or Mousaka (Greek salad & Pita)...$8.25

Chicken kabob platter (Greek salad, potato or rice)...$9.95

Lamb chops...$14.50



The Bottom Line

Something different. Something else. Small Greek eatery and outdoor Grecian garden. Patio. Dine Mediterranean style. Good service. A little find for dinner or snacking.

La Grotta Di Marcello Ristorante

254-12 Northern Blvd.

Little Neck


Chef’s Choice

Stuffed Artichokes (a special)... $8.50

Baked clams oreganato...$6.75

Malazana Rolletini (rolled eggplant with ricotta cheese in pink sauce)...$6.75

Rigatoni à la Grotta (fresh garlic, broccoli, baby shrimp & portobello mushrooms in a white sauce)...$12.75

Tortellini à la Ciocciara (mushrooms, green peas, vodka in light tomato sauce)...$9.75

Porterhouse Steak (a special)...$27.75

Two (1 1/2 pound) Lobsters (in roast garlic sauce over linguini)...$29.75

Veal Rosini (veal sautéed with truffles, sun-dried tomatoes, smoked soprasetta and white wine)...$14.75

The Bottom Line

A new addition: the Blue Grotta room. Now, three waterfalls. Live piano music Monday to Friday. Fine Italian cuisine, good wine list and service.

La Pizzetta II

253-17 Northern Blvd., Little Neck

279-5922 fax 279-4329

Chef’s Choice

Hot antipasto for two (clams, mussels, stuffed mushrooms, eggplant rollatini)...$11.95

Stuffed Artichokes...$7.95

Homemade Fettuccini al Filetto di Pomodoro Alfredo...$9.95

Filet of Sole Marchiara...$14.95

Mixed Seafood Marinara...$16.95

Chicken Scarpariello...$12.95

Pizzetta Barese (fresh tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, garlic, basil)...$7.95

Veal alla Pizzetta (with artichoke hearts, pimento, mushrooms)...$13.50

Homemade Italian Cheesecake...$3.95

Homemade Tiramisu...$4.50

The Bottom Line

New Northern/Southern Italian fare in Little Neck. Pizzetta, individual pizzas, are the highlight. Full menu from antipasti to dolci is served. Catering available. Takeout and private parties to 50.

Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille

395 Main Street

(On the Waterfront)

Port Washington


fax 516-767-7275

Chef’s Choice

Maryland crabcake...$10

Oyster sampler (12, chef’s choice)...$17

Chef’s seafood salad...$19

Louie’s clam chowder...$5.50

Louie’s favorite stuffed clams...$9

Shrimp Parmigiana with linguine (lunch)...$15.50

Louie’s 1 1/4 lb. Lobster roll (7 oz.)...$16

Fried oyster PoBoy (lunch)...$11

Grilled yellowfin tuna...$22

Key lime pie (fresh daily)...$4.50

Pecan pie...$4.50

The Bottom Line

Waterfront dining. Deck to seat 200. Seafood and more seafood. Upscale, well prepared. Lunch includes classic rolls (lobster, fried Ipswich clams, shrimp), PoBoy and wraps. Breezy service.


220-03 Northern Blvd., Bayside

423-0100 fax 423-0102

Chef’s Choice

Gambas en Salsa Verde (shrimps in green sauce)...$7.95

Grilled Calamari (shrimps in garlic sauce)...$8.50

Sopa de Aubias (black bean soup)...$4.25

Mariscada en Salsa Verde (lobster & seafood in green sauce)...$24.95

Paella Valenciana con Longosta (lobster, chicken, seafood, rice, sausage)...$23.95

Escalopes de Ternera á la Madrid (veal scallopine dipped in batter & sautéed in lemon & wine sauce)...$17.95

Crepes Marbella for two/ Crepes for One.(served with vanilla ice cream)...$15.95/$9.95

The Bottom Line

Old world elegance. Professional, tux-clad, tableside service. Fine Spanish and Continental food. The spot for a quiet celebration.

Nick & Pedro’s

1496 Northern Blvd.



Chef’s Choice

Calamari Fritti...$6.95

Sauté Delio Chef (clams, mussels, shrimp, in garlic, olive oil, wine)...$7.95

Insalata della Casa...$.695

Insalata de Arugala...$7.95

Rolletine Montanara (pasta stuffed with spinach, porcini, Parmigiana)...$15.95

Linguini Bolognese...$13.95

Vitello Milanese Mateo (breaded veal cutlet served with a tomato salad)...$18.95

Homemade Chicken Ravioli Caprese (in tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella)...$16.95

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake...$6.50

The Bottom Line

Ladies lunch American on salads. Dinner time it’s Italian/Co­ntinental. Nick is Italian. Pedro and his brother/chef Victor hail from El Salvador. Garden grotto setting. Enter from Northern or rear parking lot on concourse level.

Sadie’s Kitchen

249-30 Horace Harding Expwy.

Little Neck

281-2515 fax 281-2487

Chef’s Choice

Crab cakes (corn salsa, herb mayonnaise)...$7.95

Southwestern chicken salad (grilled chicken breast, romaine, Monterey Jack cheese, crunchy tortilla strips, corn and zesty cilantro dressing)...$6.95

Chinese chicken salad (Napa cabbage, carrots, celery and with a ginger soy vinaigrette)...$6.95

Crab cake sandwich (served with lettuce, tomato and herb mayo)...$6.95

PoBoy sandwich (fried shrimp served with lettuce, tomato, herb mayo)...$4.95

Panko Crusted Shrimp (encrusted in Japanese bread crumbs and served with an herbed mayo)...$14.95

The Bottom Line

A family feel with a Southwestern look. A meal for anyone and desserts to die for (though ignore the skinny hostess when you order).

The Sly Fox Inn

177-23 Union Turnpike

Fresh Meadows


Chef’s Choice

Buffalo Wings (biggest and meatiest)...$6.95

Nachos Grande (just ask your server)...$6.95

Veal Medallions Sly Fox (with portobello mushrooms, and gorgonzola cheese, potato and vegetables)...$15.95

Aged Boneless Strip Steak (a beef eaters delight; topped with crispy fried onions, mashed potato & spinach)...$20.95

Pan-Seared Catfish (filet with grape tomato salsa )...$15

Caramel Granny Smith Apple Pie...$4

Ice Cream Brownie Sundae...$4

The Bottom Line

Country inn, fox and hounds setting. Across from St. John’s. Basketball team and opponents fuel up there. Football and baseball coaches dine there. Macho meals and new American Continental, plus light specials. Hearty brunches (and kids brunches Saturday and Sunday.

The Stockyard Ltd.

103 Post Avenue, Westbury



Chef’s Choice

Homemade Crab Cake...Market price


Boneless Shell...$29.95

Porterhouse (for one/for two)...$32.95/$52.95

Prime Rib (Fri & Sat Stockyard cut classic)...$26.95

Stockyard's BBQ Baby Back Ribs...$21.95

Creamed Spinach...$4.95

Onion Rings (homemade, beer battered)...$4.95

NY Creamy Cheese Cake...$4.75

Chocolate Chocolate Cake...$4.75

The Bottom Line

A boarding house in Civil War days. Now a fine dining steakhouse. Ten-ounce martinis served in individual chrome shaker. USDA-certified Angus beef. Private rooms for small parties.

Uncle Peter’s

83-15 Northern Blvd.

Jackson Heights


fax 651-2400

Chef’s Choice

Jamon Serrano (Spanish style cured ham with manchego cheese)...$9.50

Basalmic Grilled Portobello (served with roasted red peppers, fresh melted Mozzarella)...$7.95

Rigatoni à la Peter’s (with eggplant, zucchini and fresh plum tomatoes)...$12.95

Fettuccini Gamberi Bianco (with shrimp in a champagne tomato cream sauce)...$17.95

Pollo à la Grilla (grilled breast of chicken topped with avocado, tomato salad)...$13.95

Veal Scallopini with Funghi (sauced with a mushroom, Marsala wine sauce)...$16.95

Grilled Pork Chops (with fresh oregano served with homemade potato)...$14.98

The Bottom Line

Delightful, small, European continental restaurant. Fine food. Excellent service. A sleeper.

Posted 7:24 pm, October 10, 2011
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