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late dinner between Albany airport and Coxsackie

they say they close at 10pm... give a call.. let them know you're on your way....

(518) 731-8600

Paul's Pizza and Pasta
11824 State Route 9w
West Coxsackie, NY 12192

about 8 hours ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

Goodbye Grimaldi's in New Paltz??????

RangerRick, please tell us what you loved at the now defunct Grimaldi's in New Paltz. I ask because based on my one and only visit to Grimaldi's in New Paltz last fall, I found that New Paltz has many places to eat that are much more interesting than flavorless pizza. We strolled by many places that were very busy, some that had a hipster vibe, and a whole bunch of bars serving food. Grimaldi's was mostly empty and no one was at the bar, wait service was bad, and my companions and I salted each slice. Not because we wanted to, but because the pizza was very bland and flavorless. I'm sorry if that was your standard as I also like things that, <<"Apparently nobody cares.">>, but why this place? Thanks for your reply in advance. :-)

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

...and to further the truth and belabor a point, summer holidays in Greece have brought many pictures of the cuisine... and many dreams = Onera.
...some examples that are similar and dissimilar to the visuals I posted on July 22...

Long Island Scottish Games grub

We did find meat pies, haggis, shepherd's pie, Scottish bbq, fish and chips etc... not bad, and there was sausage and peppers and a 'roast corn' stand as well we noticed...

Long Island Scottish Games grub

Anyone know if the games at the Old Westbury Gardens feature any foods of interest? I was told we could find Scotch eggs...

Long Island wine loss

"Dr. Herodotus “Dan” Damianos, founder of Pindar and Duck Walk Vineyards, Dead at 83"

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Hmmmmmm, looks like the second vague recommendation for Yefsi in two days.
Glad you enjoyed dinner "2 nites ago"
What Chowhound worthy dishes do you recommend? One of the only things I see on the online menu you and DrBey2003 supplied is the

Greek Orzo with Shrimp, Mussels & Scallops in Tomato Sauce Topped with Melted Feta Cheese"

Other than that, what is prepared To Order from Scratch  à la minute?

Please no plain grilled fish or steak. YAWN! Or plain fried anything. Thanks.
Happy Chowhounding!

Aug 12, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Thanks! Have you tried and can you recommend the


Greek Orzo with Shrimp, Mussels & Scallops in Tomato Sauce Topped with Melted Feta Cheese"


Aug 11, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Having breakfast on Long Island

That's a shame. I've only had their breakfast. And, for what it's worth, it's hit or miss and really not all that. I also find it disappointing that whether I order the sausage gravy or the bacon gravy I get the same bacon gravy each time anyway. Yet, good places on this island of ours are limited in number, so we make concessions...

What would you do to fix the Food Network

just get everyone in the world to get no more than their 15 minutes on screen and FoodTV has done their job. Truly though, it's Scripps that's the problem. armchair experts of nothing that they are.

Aug 08, 2014
Gastronomos in Food Media & News

What would you do to fix the Food Network

there are so far over 364 replies and they all seem to have the same theme... NO MORE CONTESTS!

<<"Do a Bourdain like travel show where they go to different places and cook interesting local foods">>

I agree. They are popular on Travel Channel and other stations. In America and abroad, the foods that are not yet discovered should be showcased on a channel such as FoodTV.

Aug 08, 2014
Gastronomos in Food Media & News

Goodbye Grimaldi's in New Paltz??????

Goodbye and good riddance. The place was a joke. Flavorless pizza and clueless service.

Nautilus diner (Massapequa)

Tried it for dinner. I know. I'm a glutton for punishment. Crazy expensive for a diner. Crowded and hectic. Servers willing to help with ALL the mistakes. They should do well. People love this shit.

Aunt Gladys video was from the old place. The new one is a different animal.

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

As per the article in my OP, recently we visited Eliá in Bayridge with friends. Peak dining hour on a weekend.

This was a sad meal.

The entire place was a joke.

Service is horrible. I will not elaborate further on the worthless service.

Two bottles of Domaine Karydas Xinomavro 2010 $46each
kept us happy enough to be spending time together despite the poor choice of restaurant.

We ordered a Large
Beefsteak tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta, kalamata olives, caperberries
Small 12.95 Large 15.95

What we got was a small bowl of small refrigerator cold "heirloom" tomatoes, and some other stuff thrown in. It was not dressed. I guess they are catering to a picky crowd of non-Greeks? Luckily no lettuce. And perhaps just as fortunate, and it's only saving grace, the bowl was room temperature. Unlike the salad bowls served in every other Greek joint around that are PIPING HOT!

Tiganita Kalamarakia 14
Fried calamari‏ & fried cauliflower, lemon tomato sauce, house made tartar sauce

I don't ever bother with fried calamari. It means nothing to me. But with company that ordered it, I tried it. Whatever. As usual.

We were rushed to clear the table because the entrees were ready, but we were not. Half of each of the appetizers went untouched.
The place was about half full, or half empty. What? Why? Rush?
The place emptied completely by the time we left.

For entrees we noticed the beauty of only a single line item described as:

Psari Stin Skara Market
Chefs selection whole fish, grilled vegetables, lemon potatoes

Nobody at our table bothered to order whatever the fish was that day. It bores me and so I avoid. It is beautiful to see that this place isn't a simple grilled fish place with some sides thrown about. The beauty ends there.

The disasters continue, though, with the rest of the entrees.

As per the article in my OP I tried the overly expensive

Thalasino Youvetsi $34
Shrimp, scallops, mussels & clams, baked in clay pot, saffron orzo, fennel

At $34 I would have expected something worth eating. I took a few bites. I would have asked the waiter to take it back to the kitchen where the unskilled day laborer assembling this crap could *place it where it belongs*, but in pleasant company, I just looked at the precooked and reheated disaster of overcooked dry Grilled scallops atop a flavorless (saffron???) orzo accompanied by two dry and tough shrimp, mussels that were fresh a few weeks ago (they were tiny mussel shells housing shriveled up tiny remnants of mussel meat), clams that were tiny and bland. A true disaster in every sense of the word.

Our dining companions ordered, but never finished:

Arni Youvetsi $29
Slow braised lamb shank, baked in clay pot, orzo, tomato & kefalotyri cheese

A local souvlaki/gyro joint on Long Island serves a better rendition for $10.

Frescos Bakaliaros Mai Skordolia $27
Chatham Cod pan fried, feta potato skordolia, roasted beets

He was trying to be polite, as we all were, and tried to eat it. He did not look pleased. The majority of it remained untouched.

And a special of the day of "Tile fish" with whatever accompaniments and whatever $35+ price tag.

We were cleared of our unfinished plates without question as to why we didn't eat the "food" and given dessert menus.

We declined and went to Omonia for some real Greek desserts and coffees etc.

Aug 06, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Thanks for the warning. Luckily I almost never order a plain whole fish at these places. Despite it *may* be the only thing they make to order...

I tend to try the more interesting options on the menu or the steam table... and invariably get disappointed.

Still. Seeking. Greek. Food. In. New York.

Aug 06, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Hellenic Cuisine

After a weekend of home cooked Greek Cuisine, it would be difficult for us to dine in a "Greek" restaurant any time soon...

That said, I do wish that there were a place to grab a bite to eat that is worth the time, calories and price....

Aug 04, 2014
Gastronomos in Manhattan

Ancona - 40+ years in Valley Stream

we ordered a pie and waited for him to make it from scratch. we ate it in the place. he was very nice to all of us and we look forward to returning.

Sandwich Shops and Tasty Treats on Long Island

Fair enough. It's next on my list. (Until I get to head out east in a couple of weeks...)

Sandwich Shops and Tasty Treats on Long Island

Thanks. It's a bit closer to me for a quicker and more regular visit. But if I ask about the very high prices on the menu you supplied ($12 grilled cheese! ?!?!???!!) Would I be out of line?

Sandwich Shops and Tasty Treats on Long Island

I am forever Chowhounding great lunch spots all over Long Island. Although not everything on every menu is a hit, some places get a few things right. The specials *today*, for example, at Roast Sandwich Shop in Melville include a country fried steak sandwich. I have attached a photo of the specials for today.
The "brioche bun" I've tried on other sandwiches of theirs, is the run-of-the-mill crap "brioche" found in any generic joint, but the sandwich otherwise is a reason to stop by and try.
Old school house made hot hero sandwiches and the like at *My Hero* in North Bellmore is really good (actually Great), but not as intriguing.
Cook's Scratch Kitchen & Bakery in Northport is very good and very out of the way. But worth it for their bacon, scallion, cheese scones.

Are there any other places around that make deliciousness a part of their menu? Inventive and tasty. This ain't Queens or Williamsburg, we know.

A cold cut sandwich is fine, but a hot, *made to order* sandwich is Great!

Thanks Chowhounds! Happy Chowhounding!

What DON'T you like in a sandwich?

with extra dripping dressing ;-)

What DON'T you like in a sandwich?

much like many call margarine "butter". no. it. is. NOT.

Jul 24, 2014
Gastronomos in General Topics

Mastic recs

<<"Keep going a little east and the food gets better and better.">>

Yes. But, 10 minutes west and there's Spicys BBQ for fried chicken ;-)

Mastic recs

Jimmy's Diner

What DON'T you like in a sandwich?

tomato season is just about upon us.... ;-)

Jul 23, 2014
Gastronomos in General Topics

Hellenic Cuisine

holy grail found and it was fleeting. ONERA was the name and it's no longer amongst us. a faded memory of a day when NY saw a glimpse of Greek Cuisine.......

"...turns out to be our happy reward: a restaurant that puts a fresh, liberal spin on Greek cooking, taking it well beyond the virtues of grilled fish."

Jul 22, 2014
Gastronomos in Manhattan

Hellenic Cuisine

"...treats Greece the way many New York chefs have long treated Italy or Southeast Asia: as inspiration rather than doctrine, a set of seasonings, ingredients and ideas to draw from and disregard. He bows as much to American trends as to Hellenic traditions. "

Jul 22, 2014
Gastronomos in Manhattan

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

Just as a visual, a few pictures from the interwebs of Greek Cuisine in America outside of New York at low and high levels, beyond a plain piece of plain protein on a cold plate. Including pan fried red mullet, like at Nissos, but... with a traditional savoro sauce.
There's more, for sure, but where on Long Island?

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

In the meanwhile, in response to your query about "what it is you are looking for in a Greek restaurant", I can say that the hirino sofrito at Kefi in Manhattan was a memorable dish. Typically made with veal, but, as we all know the cost and availability of veal, and the fact that all "veal parmasan" and "veal scalopini" dishes everywhere are all made with pork loin...
at least at Kefi they are up front about it.
It's more than just a simple piece of protein on a plate. It requires a cook to prepare the full dish to order. THAT is paramount in my search.

A few of the house made dishes at Kopiaste in Astoria, like the house made red wine cured sausage. Any other place uses commercially available sausage. At Kopiaste they make it from scratch, in house. And it tastes like it too. THAT is worth the trip.

The house made "gyro" at Gyro World in Flushing and BZ Grill in Astoria. Tasty stuff.

I do miss ONERA. This ain't Greece. But ONERA was a DREAM!

Happy Chowhounding! :-)

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

Nissos is now officially on my "to try" list. Thank you and EM23 kindly for your thoughtful response. I will take the offerings with an open mind and heart. :-)