Where to Eat in Garden City: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Lashaunda Abraham

Garden City is an incorporated village in Nassau County, New York, United States, in the town of Hempstead. It was founded by multi-millionaire Alexander Turney Stewart in 1869, and is on Long Island, to the east of New York City, 18.5 miles (29.8 km) from midtown Manhattan. The village is located mostly in the Town of Hempstead with a small portion in the Town of North Hempstead.
Things to do in Garden City

1. Waterzooi Belgian Bistro

850 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530-4527 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Belgian, Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 516-877-2177
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 339 reviews

Waterzooi Belgian Bistro

Reviewed By SaraSaraL1 - New York City, New York

Have recently been back there for weekend brunch and dinner, and the experience is perfection each Tim. The wait staff is attentive and remembers the special requests that we have. They work with the chef to accommodate and they are friendly. Everything from the octopus to the mussels, salads, Mac daddy burger (bacon Mac and cheese on a burger....what's better than that)!!! Raw bar is fresh and delish. Large and well rounded selection of red and white wine by glass and the bottle and great beer selection as well. Excellent experience every time.

2. Cafe Baci

1636 Old Country Rd, Westbury, NY 11590-5253 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 516-832-8888
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Cafe Baci

Reviewed By SRBS - NYC

This is a popular and often crowded restaurant, so we opted to try it on a rainy, cold weekday evening hoping to find it less busy. We were right, and were immediately seated. Servers were quick to come to the table but were rushed and disinterested. Salad was small for the price but main potions were huge. All four of us had a lot to take home. Food was good, but nothing special. The service was what annoyed us the most. Wait staff was in a rush, leaving the table even before they had the orders clear. We had to call them back to get the salad, drinks, etc right. Even the final coffee order was not right (one was brought, not two). The wait staff was rushing to clear the table. At least three or four times the bread basket was lifted and we asked them to leave it. Beer glasses were taken before empty. We felt swarmed upon by staff (2 or 3 around us at once) looking to clear the table and assist in packing up our left overs. (The restaurant was in no way full, and there was no one waiting for our table.) Also, the final bill arrived low on ink with such washed out print that it was difficult to read. We did not want to get our specific servers in trouble by complaining about them, but we do feel that the entire staff should be told to be more attentive to specific requests, and not swarm the table like that!

3. Umberto's

633 Jericho Tpke, New Hyde Park, NY 11040-4518 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 516-437-7698
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Umberto's

Reviewed By debp65 - Saint Augustine Beach, Florida

Visiting Long Island and wanted some NY pizza, stopped by for a slice!! OMG!! The best pizza ever!! Also had Cesar salad and meatballs, the meatballs were the best I ever had!! The sauce was incredible!!! Service was exceptional!! I love New York pizza and I think I just had the best. You must go and try Umberto’s!! Authentic Italian Food!!!

4. Crabtrees Restaurant

226 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park, NY 11001-2147 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 516-326-7769
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Crabtrees Restaurant

Mediterranean/Continental/Restaurant

Reviewed By danfriedmanmd - Miller Place, New York

The village of Floral Park is home to many excellent restaurants, but Crabtrees, who gets its name from The Little Rascals, pleasantly surprised me. The restaurant was elegantly decorated for the holiday season, the bar area was lively but not too loud, and the management and service was superb. But I came here to eat, and eat i did! The food was outstanding. The chicken tenders came with two sauces, and left no annoying aftertaste. The fried mushrooms, calamari, and zucchini were delicious, and the tomato and mozzarella was better than I expected. My tilapia, accompanied by beets, vegetables, and mashed potatoes was delectable! And the steak was perfectly cooked. The carrot cake, apple tart, and chicolate mousse cake were as good as you can get. Don't pass this place up!

5. Thomas's Ham & Eggery Diner

325 Old Country Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514-2035 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 516-333-3060
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Thomas's Ham & Eggery Diner

Reviewed By ronsF6171VH - Syosset, United States

This is what I'll call a down and BASIC diner! Limited parking. CASH only. Nice service staff. Now the food. The eggs are served in the frying pan. SO WHAT, Customize your ommlette! Or order from the Portuguese style or American style . Have a big appetite!
Not cooked to your ordered specs? send it back . Coffee, very good. Specify what you want. They will make it! and they make it delicious!

6. Biscuits & Barbeque

106 E 2nd St, Mineola, NY 11501-3505 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 516-493-9797
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Biscuits & Barbeque

Reviewed By HMR52 - Roslyn, New York

Our visit was no less enjoyable than the last. This hole in the wall looking old diner serves some of the best southern style barbeque anywhere in NY. We started with the bisquits and butter, along with fried pickles and some awesome Chile. For entree's 3 in our party couldn't resist a rack of ribs and I chose the melt in your mouth smoked brisket, which had about zero visible fat. If you're lookin for a lean rendition of first cut brisket, try it. Portion is a bit small, but along with the 2 sides, it's enough. Speaking of which, the baked beans with tid-bits of brisket was perfect, as were the 3 huge beer batter onion rings. Cole slaw was fresh. Then, for dessert, we tried portions of banana cream pie and an obligatory helping of pumpkin pie. They were both up with the best I ever tasted. B&B doesn't accept credit cards and doesn't accept reservations, so plan accordingly. And, dress DOWN. Also, they have no liquor license, so BYOB or wine, and I might suggest, as we do, bring your own wine glasses!. Service is professional, but the mastery is evident from what emerges from the kitchen. Ample parking and 3 steps up ad you're in.

7. Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant

144 Jericho Tpke, Mineola, NY 11501-1701 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Barbecue, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 516-739-3856
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant

Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant is an authentic Portuguese rodizio renowned for its classic briquette-fired cuisine.Founded in 1992 by Manuel Carvalho, Churrasqueira quickly captured the attention of The New York Times, earning rave reviews and a frenetic following that continues to this day. Fame for its chicken and its spirited atmosphere and celebrity sightings as well as its flavorful fare, Churrasqueira is a source of pride for Mineola’s large Portuguese population – and a staple for anyone that loves classic latin and portuguese cuisine.

Reviewed By Joe P - Dix Hills, NY

We were a group of 10 and had a very nice meal here. For starters they put out a nice salad, unsalted potato chips, unsalted french fries and a nice rice dish. The bread was very good also. I had a very nice pork loin and my wife had the prime rib which was huge. The only problem was the prime rib was a little raw, we sent it back and they cooked it some more. Some people at the table had the all you can eat dish and I looked really really good. Overall it was a very good experience and I highly recommend this restaurant

8. Vincent's Clam Bar

179 Old Country Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514-1907 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 516-742-4577
Excellent
56%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 349 reviews

Vincent's Clam Bar

Reviewed By Rosario C - New York

Do you want Italian Food to it's very Best, then Vincent's is the place. The food is just amazing and the portions are huge. There are certain nights that a celebrity Chef Mr. Gannascoli from the Sopranos will prepare your meal. The Owner Bobby is a great host and makes sure all is special. Get the Tiramisu for dessert.

9. Seasons 52

630 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11530-3483 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 66 +1 516-248-5252
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 350 reviews

Seasons 52

Seasons 52 is a casually sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar that invites you to discover the sensational flavors of our seasonally inspired menu. At Seasons 52, you’ll enjoy a warm, welcoming ambiance with rich mahogany accents, custom built wine cellars, and lush greenery that create an air of casual sophistication. With an award-winning international wine list of over 100 wines, of which 52 or more are available by the glass, we will find the perfect match to complement your menu selection. Our restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with extended hours on the weekend. We also feature live entertainment at our piano bar nightly. If you are searching for a place to host your event, look no further. Seasons 52 is the perfect setting for your private or semi-private event. We also feature a Chef’s table for smaller groups or more intimate settings. Together we will create the event of the season!

Reviewed By MIAP377 - New York

I heard such great things about this place and although it wasn't horrible it wasn't great either. I ordered the shrimp and grits which lacked flavor and the portion was small. Our waiter was non attentive which only made the experience worse.

10. West End Cafe

187 Glen Cove Rd, in the Clocktower Shopping Center, Carle Place, NY 11514-1236 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 516-294-5608
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

West End Cafe

I'm surprised you haven't already got this wonderful place listed

Reviewed By RGrochow - Long Island, NY

We've been going to this restaurant intermittently for over 15 years. The food, typically, is generally very good and it was tonight. My comments are more about the restaurant staff and service and what is an obvious step down in quality. I acknowledge, especially on Long Island, that there is a significant move toward casual, and thats fine. But the tone was set by the two hostesses, who were dressed, to be polite, sloppily and looked unkempt. I'm convinced that the waitress we had was most recently employed at a diner. Upon receiving the menus by the hostess, the waitress came over a few minutes later and without any introduction or banter immediately started with "are you ready? When I asked to tell us about the specials, she simply replied that they are listed on the menu. When she came over to take the order, she whipped out an order book from her hip typical of a diner. When a glass of the New Zealand sauvignon blanc came out which was obviously turned, we requested something else. The next wine was brought over but never did the waitress inquire if it was OK. No time during the course of the evening did the waitress or anyone come over to inquire if everything was OK or if we needed anything else. Never was the table cleared of crumbs or debris between courses. I'm afraid that although the food was tasty, at relatively significant prices (approx. $29 per entree), the service and the appearance of the staff was not up to par. I hope tonight was just a bad night but if this is the course that management is following,, we won't be back.

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