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Shoreham, NY

#81 Dec 6, 2012
I spoke with the manager of Ayhan's (the restaurant that replaced Raay Nor's) and he says he has the recipes. I said they should serve the Raay Nor's food as a special event but he was definitely not interested in this. As a matter of fact I got a one person seminar on the history of southern food. Apparently all that delicious breading and deep frying was an attempt to add calories to small amounts of food in an attempt to reach 3000 calories but it's not healthy.
William Savoy

New York, NY

#82 Mar 4, 2013
Francisca wrote:
My Great Uncle opened the restaraunt which was called Raay-Nors cabin, named afer himself (last name Van Der Raay and Nora, there was also another partner orginally). I ate their a lot as a child and remember the chicken,biscuits, the waitresses, the lamps and the little meatball soup they used to make. My Dad (also a Van Der Raay) worked there as well until he was drafted in to the Army. They were from Belgium originally!
My name is William Savoy. In 1956, when I was 5, my parents bought a house at 4 Lancaster Avenue, Baldwin, where we lived for 8 years... literally next door to Raay-Nor's Cabin! We dined there on special occasions and I still remember the chicken (which I've unsuccessfully tried to duplicate these last 50 years), the corn fritters, the yams and the chicken lamps! But most of all I remember Nora crossing our yard (which became the restaurant's parking lot when we moved) with a pitcher of chilled martinis for my parents, a corn fritter for me and some good kitchen scraps for our dog. Wonderful memories
that make me cry when I see that Raay Nors is gone.

Bradenton, FL

#83 Mar 30, 2013
eileen wrote:
I happen to have known the owners since I was a little girl. My mother's best friend. The place was not closed because of drugs, the place was closed because Rosemarie and Joseph died. They did not change a thing as far as recipes go, because they wanted it to stay original. Anyone out there have that salad dressing recipe or know where to find it?
The restaurant DID NOT close because Rosemarie or Joe died nor for selling drugs.
My father owned the restaurant with Aunt Rosemarie and Uncle Joe.
We sold the Baldwin location after my fathers death it was in the process of being sold when Phil Schiliro Died in October of 1996. IT was sold in December of 1996.
The Centerport Location was closed due to political B/S from Centerport charging the restaurant owners for new sewer lines at a cost of 50 K a year because Centerport had to pay Northport for dumping.
another fact it was not located in the old location of Links log cabin and that was in center port.
Fact folks.
The recipes are frozen in time they will never be distributed I will take them to my grave too.

The facts of Raay-Nor's Cabin if anyone wants to get a hold of Phil Schiliro's daughter Elizabeth I can be reached at

Lawrence, NY

#84 Jun 11, 2013
Loved all the info and comments on Raay-Noors Restaurant. Prior to Raay-Noors, it was called Topsy's Cabin which was famous for it's fried chicken. Topsy's was owned and operated by an African-American family which opened the main stream restaurant sometime in the early 1930's. Does anyone have additional information?
Al V

Williston Park, NY

#85 Jul 6, 2013
Topsy's cabin restaurant was not owned by an African- American family. It was owned by Clarise Waters who staffed Topsy's with African-Americans. Many of the staff stayed on when it became Raay-Nors Cabin

Nomans Land, MA

#86 Aug 10, 2013
We lived in Baldwin Harbor in the '60s and ate at Raay-nors Cabins restaurant quite often.I am surprised no one has mentioned our favorite take out at least once a week and that was chicken livers and sauteed onions in a sauce.
Josh G

Queens Village, NY

#87 Sep 30, 2013
Laurie wrote:
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Are you still interested in the recipe? My father was the Head Chef there and I now also live in Florida and so does he.
I would be interested in the recipe !! I miss that place soo much !!
Josh G

Queens Village, NY

#88 Sep 30, 2013
I would be interested in the recipes. I loved Raay-Nors and cringe every time I drive by because I miss the food.
Allan Fromberg

Brooklyn, NY

#89 Jan 16, 2014
I can't even articulate how much my family misses Raay-Nor's Cabin.....the fritters especially. Where else could you find Bosco chocolate soda on tap? If anyone has the fritter recipe, I would be so grateful!

Brattleboro, VT

#90 Feb 15, 2014
Josh G wrote:
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I would be interested in the recipe !! I miss that place soo much !!
I lived in Freeport and that was our Saturday night go-to place. The chicken, saled fritters and dressing were our absolute favorites. I would love to get the fritter and dressing recipes if you're sharing. It was a special place, what a shame it's no longer there.

Sea Cliff, NY

#91 Feb 26, 2014
I moved to Long Island in 1993 and quickly discovered Raynors. I loved the chicken and fritters there and was sorry when it closed. I wish there was a decent chicken place on the Island. The Colonel's is OK but not nearly as good. Popeye's is good but there isn't one near me.

Stuart, FL

#92 Mar 17, 2014
Laurie wrote:
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Are you still interested in the recipe? My father was the Head Chef there and I now also live in Florida and so does he.
If you could get the recipe, I will love you forever!

Stuart, FL

#94 Mar 17, 2014
DoubleDan wrote:
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yes, my mother way able to convince Nora to give her the basic recipe in the 1960s. Nora would not or could not break down the receipe into a smaller portion but provided the following: Apple Cider Vinager, basic yellow mustard (yes, the Frenchs kind), dash of honey, Garlick powder, Paparika, Peanut oil. My mother passed away several ago ago, never wrote down exact measurements down -- she worked the receipe by eye. First she mixed the vinager and mustard together with a wisk until the color sort of looked like the one in the Raay-Nor bottle. Then she wisked in honey (not much), garlick powder and paparika and enough peanut oil until it reached that special color.
Nora also shared with her the recipe for the candy yarms. Essentially, Raay-Nor took plain pealed uncooked yarms in a pan (my mother used a disposable turkey roasting pan), the uncooked yarms were covered with 100% white sugar (yes, sounds crazy) and covered the pan with tin foil. Baked in overn for about 1/2 hour or slightly more depending on size of yarms. She constantly tested with folk after 1/2 becasue of the pure sugar content, the yarms could readily turn to candy if not careful. No moisture added, no spices, no butter -- just sugar and steam from covered yarms gave them that sticky consistency. The yams are trickey because they need to be taken out when "just right" or else you will have a sugary solid. Made them every Thanksgiving.
Nora did not offer any other insights into biscuts, corn fritters or chicken other than to once mention that powdered milk was used ? My mother assumed that was one of the items the wet chicken was sitting in that open kitchen.
My mother made the salad dressing and yarns all the time. She had no success with chicken, biscuts or corn fritters -- she was never able to get Nora to confide anything else. Good luck and yes I too long for the original meal.
. Xoxoxo
Fritters pleasd

Hollywood, FL

#95 Mar 17, 2014
the good news is the post still alive the bad news is we still haven't gotten the recipes we all crave if anybody could post any recipe beside the salad dressing that would be just amazing corn fritters anyone a basket of biscuits a little bit of jelly an amazing salad memories I will never forget maybe one day we can try to replicate it

West Palm Beach, FL

#96 Apr 7, 2014
Missing the restaurant soooo much. If anyone has any ideas about the fritter recipe I would love it. I have been trying to duplicate it to no avail.

Henderson, NV

#97 Jun 9, 2014
I loved this restaurant and although I moved from Baldwin in 1987, across the country, I always enjoyed seeing it and reliving my memories. Sad it closed. I lived right down the street from the place for 15 years and when I was a child (not yet a teenager), a bunch of us neighborhood kids would go to the window on the side every so often where you could see the chefs in the kitchen cooking and we would all stare inside for as long as it took for someone to fill a bag with chicken and corn fritters just to get rid of us! We were always fascinated that this worked and of course, grateful for the delicious food, which we all shared.

Henderson, NV

#98 Jun 9, 2014
It's funny, all the misinformation that goes around and is given. I remember being told that the reason it was called Raay-Nor's was because there were two owners named RAY and NORA and that they took the "A" from Nora's name and put it into the Ray to make it Raay. I only now, after reading the above comments, know that is not the reason.

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