Garden City, one of Long Island's wealthiest communities, has several options for a romantic and intimate meals for out-of-town guests and frequent visitors. Chic restaurants offer wine and dine options, wine tastings, Belgian beer specialties and international appetizers. Diners have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Waterzooi Belgian Bistro
Chefs at Waterzooi serve up delicious Belgian cuisine, while diners relax in a sophisticated lounge atmosphere. Specialties include a variety of mussels, such as the ever popular "Fra Diavlo," which are mussels prepared in a spicy marinara sauce. While seafood dominates the menu, rib and steak classics are available for the land lovers. The beer menu is extensive, and it includes over 90 selections and special holiday flavors. Couples can also enjoy special events at the bistro.
Waterzooi Belgian Bistro 850 Franklin Avenue Garden City, NY 11530 516-877-2177 waterzooi.com
For a sampling of fine wines and Mediterranean style tapas, visit Cafe Barocco. Their fully stocked wine cellar includes a collection of reds, whites, sparkling wines, sangria, over a dozen blends of Merlot and a plethora of others. A bottle of wine coupled with a selection of tapas certainly makes for a romantic and intimate evening.
Couples can share as many tapas as they would like, or they may opt for more exotic selections. Dinner specials and entree-sized portions of some tapas are also available. Homemade desserts are also available on the menu, and a gelato counter is available at the entrance. Additionally, Cafe Barocco occasionally hosts wine tasting events and wine dinners.
Cafe Barocco 143 Nassau Blvd. Garden City South, NY 11552 516-292-0144 caffebarocco.com/index.html
The Rein, located in Long Island's luxury Garden City Hotel, is a sleek and chic bar and grill. In addition to hosting breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night meals, Rein also has an afternoon tea and a Sunday brunch. Couples can relax at the privacy of their own table lit with candle centerpieces, or they may opt to join the crowd to watch a game on the plasma televisions at the bar.
The menu at Rein is best described as a culinary blend with its emphasis on American Cuisine with flair. Selections are constantly changing, and they are generally seasonal. No matter the time of year, though, couples can continue their romantic dinner by staying over in the accommodations for the night, and then returning to Rein for breakfast the next day.
Rein 45 Seventh Street Garden City, NY 11530 516-747-3000 gardencityhotel.com/dining_and_entertainment/menu_selections.cfm