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“Delicious food, attentive staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ayhan's Shish Kebab

Ayhan's Shish Kebab
477 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590
(516) 222-8000
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Ranked #15 of 97 Restaurants in Westbury
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
rockport, ma
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16 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious food, attentive staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

We ate here on Christmas Eve, and had a fantastic meal. Here are my thoughts.

Things I liked:

-ample parking in back.
-the decor was festive, which made the ambience lively. Christmas tree lights were strung everywhere, but even beyond that it just has some solid interior design that makes it fun.
-the waitstaff (and host, and cooks) were obviously middle eastern, which helps in the authenticity dept
-they were helpful and attentive (and cute)
-our meals were very good. I ordered one of the specials, the grilled, stuffed branzino. They de-bone in the kitchen (artfully--the fish is intact when it arrives on the plate).
-my son swooned over his bouillabaisse, which had mussels, clams, scallops, and a half lobster. His comment? "The best thing ever."
-although there were two very large parties in the other room (probably 25-30 people each), there was no delay in our service or meals.
-the bill was $145 for five of us (only two cocktails, which probably held the price down). My father-in-law was surprised and pleased.

Things I didn't like:

-when we were first being shown to our table, we were shown one table sort of close to the bar and kitchen, and another in a further-off room. The first room was lighter and brighter, the second darker and louder (and soon to be filled with the aforementioned two large parties). We backtracked to the first table offered.
-my husband thought he ordered a lamb skewer, and instead got a pile of gyro-lamb with some other real lamb bits. He was hesitant, the waiter practically cried to get him to tell him what was wrong so he could make it right, which my husband refused to do (because he hates sending things back). I'm not sure if the confusion was with the menu, my husband or the kitchen, but there was some confusion there somewhere.
-They use a piece of butcher paper on top of a cloth tablecloth. The paper picks up grease stains, and by the end of our meal looked pretty grubby. Ech.

Other notes on food--we ordered stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and fried zucchini cakes for apps. The grape leaves were okay (cold, served with other cold veggies), the falafel was delicious (hot, served with tahini sauce), and the zucchini cakes were a delightful surprise--crispy and flavorful.

The wine list is limited, but covers all the usual bases--glass price is $7.50-$11, with most in the $9 dept. I ordered a chardonnay (Lindeman's Bin 65) and was amazed at the large wine glass I received. $9.50 is sort of steep for a glass of wine, but the pour is generous and it lasted me through the meal. My husband ordered an Israeli beer--a crisp pilsner.

My fish had a seafood stuffing, and came with sides of rice pilaf and sauteed veggies--those sides seemed to be standard for all the entrees. My mother-in-law also had grilled fish (another kind--they had a selection of about six, some that I had never heard of, flown in from Israel). My father-in-law had lamb shank. It was one of those meals when everybody is so into their food that there's no sharing.

My son was the only one who ordered dessert--he ordered the baklava with some bitter Turkish coffee. It was hard to pick a baklava--they had walnut, pistachio, sesame--even double chocolate. The Turkish coffee is served authentically (I think?)--at least, I've been to other Turkish restaurants where they bring it out on the same ornate, swinging tray.

It was delicious. Some of us spent the ride home in a food coma (luckily, not the driver). I'd highly recommend it and will certainly go back if the opportunity presents itself.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Long Island City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

Excellent. If you are a fan if shish-kebab, baklava, and Turkish Coffee, then You have got to try this place. The best middle eastern food in the entire New York area. The prices are decent. The service is good. Your taste buds will definitely be happy.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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malujerry
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94 reviews 94 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“good food, good drinks, good location, and good price = duh, winning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2011

we had a priced fixed 3-course $30 meal with a $5 happy hour (4-7pm) and all of it was great! the staff was attentive, the place was clean and trendy, and food size was ample.

i guess the only suggestion would be for the bartender to make the drinks stronger. i'm not sure if this was because of happy hour or my tolerance is going up.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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syosset, ny
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“yukkkkk - old yukky food on the meditarrenean buffet”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

ayhan's shish kebab was not a great place to eat. we had heard good things about it but it really didn't pan out. we went to the sunday brunch buffet and got there a short while after it opened. all the food was gone in no time and it was not replenished in a timely manner. it got stale and old very quickly and was not very appetizing.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Queens, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Ayhan's is Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2008

Having been to all of Ayhan's restaurants on Long Island many times with the exception of the location in Plainview and the Fish Kebab in Port Washington I can tell you his kebabs are A+. In fact Ayhans has turned out to be my family's first choice of restaurants when we're on Long Island (we live in Queens, 2 miles from the Long Island/New York City border). The gyro (doner) meat is to die for and so are the greek salads. His filet mignon and chicken kebabs are also tasty. The shrimp kebab is okay, a little bit drier than my preferred taste. One thing to note is that having eaten at the Westbury, Rockville Centre, Port Washington and Baldwin location I believe that the Port Washington location offers the tastiest food and is also the freshest. For some reason the location in Baldwin is frequently off when it comes to gyro sandwiches as the greek salad is often not as fresh as it could be. Othen than those small gripes Ayhan's is first class. Recently Ayhan's has been offering a lobster special (with bread, salad, rice and vegetable included) for $17.95 on Mondays and Tuesdays. It's a hell of a bargin and very scrumptious. I had it at the Rockville Centre location and not sure about the other locations offering this special.

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