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Dougie’s to open location in Great Neck

It looks like Dougie’s is planning on opening up a location in Great Neck where the short-lived 2012 Cafe once had their shop.  Good luck to them!  We will let you know more details as they come to us.

[Via Achshav]

Popularity: 4% [?]

2012 Cafe in Great Neck?

Does anyone know anything about this 2012 Cafe in Great Neck?  This awning has been up for a while but I can’t seem to find any more information about it other than the rumor that it is going to be a “bootlegged Carlos and Gabby’s”.  If you know anything please drop us a line in the comments!

PS.  The awning has a picture of a burger, fries, and a pita so we will assume it is a burger joint.

Popularity: 4% [?]

Betty’s Glatt Kosher Restaurant

Rating (out of 5): 

All the buzz in Great Neck lately is to go try the Persian food at Betty’s.  After years of Colbeh I would have to agree with everyone that someone has to be able to make Persian food better so this time it’s Betty’s turn.

Located in Great Neck off of Middle Neck Road Betty’s is a totally new restaurant.  The decor is typical of a Persian restaurant with its Persian tapestries and paintings around the place.   We happened to go on a Tuesday night with a large crowd (approximately 20 people – it was my wedding “rehearsal” dinner).

With the size of our crowd being said, and them probably not being ready to accommodate for us (although they should be able to get it done – no excuses!)

There was a small Persian band playing, I am not sure if they have these guys regularly however the acoustics were not so good in the room which caused our ears to hurt while the played because the music was so quiet loud.  Funny though that no one asked them to turn it down.  Some of our group got up and danced around which drew stares from the other patrons but we did not mind because of the occasion.

Like most new restaurants they tend to lack in some areas (hence the negative review, see below) – especially for large crowds and Betty’s was no different in terms of service and food.

We started off with some beers which WE had to ask for.  I don’t get why kosher restaurants don’t put more emphasis on beverage purchases and be more pro-active in getting people to order them because that is where your biggest profits are in the food industry. The guy was slow to bring the drinks out and didn’t push us to get drinks like they should be doing.

We ordered combination’s (if you don’t know, a combination at a Persian restaurant usually consists of a few different types of rice, Persian salad, and a few types of kebabs) for everyone to ease the ordering process.  Although the waiters service was good they were understaffed and one side of our group would get food while the other would have to wait a few minutes till they got theirs which is not fun.  While the portions were good the kebabs were all just OK (too salty) and nothing special.  I actually think Colbeh is better and that is not saying much.

Yes, it’s a new restaurant and yes we had a large crowd and some new restaurants cannot cook to par for large groups.  But that is part of the food business and I hope they can get their act together in these areas of they plan to last, especially since they are trying to do catering as well.

Overall, I wasn’t satisfied with eating here, however I will try to make it back again (if they are still around) with a small group to see if they can do any better.

Price: $$
Betty’s Glatt Kosher Restaurant and Catering
451 Middle Neck Road
New York, NY 11023
(516)487-3300
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Popularity: 3% [?]