Cuisine In Concert

The NYCB Theatre at Westbury (or the Westbury Music Fair to purists), is the comfortable concert venue that Long Island audiences have utilized for an astonishing 60 years. The dining options surrounding the theater are as diverse as the performances through the years.

Dining_ Azerbaijan Westbury food venuesAzerbaijan Grill

1610 Old Country Rd., Westbury

Serving authentic Persian and Turkish cuisine, Azerbaijan Grill is a quick 10 minute drive from the theater. Azerbaijan opened in 2005 and serves a Mediterranean menu that includes sambuse, a crispy dumpling stuffed with vegetables and chick peas; sigara borek, pan-fried phyllo rolls stuffed with feta and herbs; an array of kebabs, lamb chops, and of course, the ubiquitous Persian rice.

For a dynamic entrée, try the brook trout which is char broiled whole and butterflied, served with lemon-garlic sauce. The flame-kissed kebabs are a must, including the jujeh kebab, with cornish hen marinated with lemon and Iranian saffron.

Dining_ Baci Westbury food venuesCafe Baci

1636 Old Country Rd., Westbury

Cafe Baci’s unique facade has stood as a landmark at the corner of Old Country Road and Post Avenue for more than 25 years. And in that time, the Italian eatery has garnered a reputation as the perfect spot for a first date, a quick lunch or numerous special occasions. It’s also a great place for a pre-concert meal.

All of the Italian favorites are here and the huge portions ensure gourmet leftovers for days. The Pollo “Baci” is a favorite and features chicken breast covered with melted Italian white cheeses. Eaters also recommend the Ravioli Riviera, stuffed with lobster in a pink cream champagne sauce with baby shrimp and diced garden vegetables. For dessert, save room for the tiramisu.

Dining_ Gyrolicious Westbury food venuesGyrolicious

24A Jericho Tpke., Jericho

A few storefronts down from Frank’s Steaks is Gyrolicious, a family eatery known for its recipes straight from grandma’s collection. The gyros are unequaled, with cuts of prime meat, spiced, stacked and sliced by master cooks and served in a pita or as a platter.

Classics are available, including pasticcio with spaghetti and mince meat in tomato sauce with a top layer of ethereal cream, along with grilled octopus and spinach pie. The decadent bacon-wrapped chicken souvlaki provides a taste of something different, while the chicken lemon soup with orzo delivers warm comfort in a bowl. Don’t leave without sampling the baklava for dessert.

Dining_ Franks Steaks Westbury food venuesFrank’s Steaks

4 Jericho Tpke., Jericho

Zagat-rated for more than 20 years thanks to its artistry with primal cuts, Frank’s Steaks has established a reputation as the carnivore’s go-to spot. Large portions dot the menu, with the Romanian skirt steak, 44-ounce Porterhouse steak and 25-ounce bone-in strip steak slabbed as some of the best cuts money can buy.

Beyond steak, Frank’s reels in quality seafood from the Fulton Fish Market, including salmon filet and tuna steak entrées. Add to that creamed spinach and a mountain of homemade mashed potatoes, Frank’s is a tremendous choice for concert night dinner.

Dining_Pollos El Paisa Westbury food venuesPollos El Paisa

989 Old Country Rd., Westbury

Only five minutes from the theater via the Wantagh State Parkway, Pollos el Paisa is a family-style restaurant serving authentic Colombian dishes. Rows of glistening rotisserie chickens beckon to pollo fanatics, as the birds emit a mouthwatering aroma from this hidden gem eatery that has transformed into a destination.

Other favorites include skirt steak, the jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce, fried whole red snapper and the chicharron, fried pork belly served as a crispy and fatty strip. On the sweet side, customers rave about the restaurant’s flan, which is light and creamy.

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Steve Mosco
Steve Mosco, the former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.

Leave a Reply




Contract Awarded For Demolition Of Buildings At Northport VA

Congressman Tom Suozzi said this will signal a new beginning for the Northport VA.

Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

Consider these recommendations for upcoming virtual talks, readings and more in and around New York City: David Hill: The Vapors Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m. The Strand Live...

New Food Truck Program Rolls Out At Six Parks

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran officially opened County pool facilities for the season and announced a new food program.

Column: Back To The Beaches

I’ve been sneaking out of the house and going to the beach during the pandemic. Apparently, I’m not alone, as I have encountered many others with the same idea.

Column: Reflecting On The Strangulation Death Of George Floyd

The video footage is excruciating, with 8 minutes and 45 seconds of having the life squeezed out of you with three grown men kneeling on you. 

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.