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Zabar's on the Upper West Side had been selling Lobster Salad made with crawfish, not lobster, for more than 20 years. (Photo Courtesy of the West Side Rag)

A Lobster By Any Other Name: Zabar’s Crawfish-Lobster Controversy

I love my lobster. The large marine crustaceans are particularly succulent hot, steaming, drenched in butter and accompanying a side of baked potatoes, preferably on…



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The Good Life: Quality Dining, Craft Beer In Massapequa Park

In celebration of Long Island Craft Beer Week, against my natural inclinations to keep such establishments—those rare, hidden gems of a restaurant, the kind of…



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Chris’ Lunchbox: Galangal is Syosset’s Thai Nirvana

Galangal 140 Jericho Tpke., Syosset 516-682-0688 Adorned with majestic statues, flowing tapestries, a soothing waterfall and cultural artifacts basked in cascading light, hungry patrons wandering…



A Pirate’s Guide To Fire Island

Alas, ’tis come to me attention a great many land dwellers here on the mainland aren’t aware of a special adventure lying just beyond the…



It’s Greek To Me

It’s Greek To Me serves generous portions of delicious, fresh, homemade Greek cuisine for very reasonable prices. Its interior is cozy—several tables in front and about a dozen more in an intimate back dining area. Its staff, the Barbalios family—(chef) John, wife Kathy and lovely daughter Stefanie—greet patrons with welcoming smiles. And its menu is loaded, whether eating in or taking out.



The White Whale

The restaurant boasts panoramic water views, outside seating and over-the-top hospitality. It touts a stocked menu, ranging from “Old World Favorites” like Sauerbraten and Weiner Schnitzel to “Super Combo Specials” such as Lobster Tails and Sirloin, among many others. Its specialty is seafood. The White Whale’s belly is spacious, with an adjacent dining room off the main barroom in addition to enclosed patio seating. The bar radiates a warm, welcoming feeling—as if you’ve just entered the galley of an old ship, as if you’ve just returned home.

How I happened upon this enigmatic restaurant, I’m not entirely sure, but I believe it began with a barrage of text messages to some very dear friends. I’m so happy I did. For what Captain Ahab had spent his life searching for, these cats already had found.