Great Neck is home to an eclectic mix of eateries and restaurants that run the gamut from Asian, Persian, American, Mexican and Italian. With a town so diverse, there’s plenty of room for more culinary hotspots. Make a reservation at one or more of these new establishments this season.
Royal Tea House
Having afternoon tea complete with delicate china and delectable pastries, sounds like something out of a fairytale, but becomes a reality when walking into the newly opened Royal Tea House. Only open for a few short months, it’s already a popular spot for tea parties, private parties and upscale dining. The lunch menu, served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is small, but offers a few options for starters, salads, soups, specialties and sandwiches, including the already renowned Royal Tea House Lobster Roll.
A dinner menu offers several main course dishes, each served with spiced vegetable purée, sautéed greens and garlic bread, and include seafood paella and pan-seared duck breast with fennel and arugula salad, glazed apples and blueberry sauce. Brunch replaces their lunch on weekends, with pastries, sandwiches and classic dishes. And, of course, their tea menu is extensive, boasting hot or iced various traditional English black, green, fruit and milk teas from all over the world, including their Cherry Almond Black Tea, a dessert tea that combines the flavor of plump red cherries with rich almond oil.
Their teas and coffee are paired perfectly with desserts, like rose cake and waffle with ice cream. For the ultimate English tea experience, check out their deluxe tea sets, in which treats are displayed on a traditional three-tier tea set.
Royal Tea House is located at 1 Great Neck Road; www.royalteahousenyc.com
Ruby Divine Indian Dining
Ruby Divine opened its doors in Great Neck and the rich and spicy aromas of cooking food waft out, enticing customers to experience their authentic Indian dishes. The eagerly anticipated grand opening did not disappoint with the debut of an extensive menu that includes salads, soups, both vegetable and non-vegetarian starters, “clay oven” dishes, chicken, vegetable, and lamb and goat entrées, fish and seafood specialties, a rice and bread selection and dessert.
Traditional Indian dishes can be found in every section of the menu, from vegetable samosa to lamb vindaloo to chicken curry. The special clay oven dishes are served with basmati rice, include pudina paneer tikka, which is an exotic mint-flavored, homemade cottage cheese kebab and mahi tandoori, a fillet of salmon that is spiced and roasted. The bread selection is complete with butter or plain naan and special stuffed breads with the choice of lamb keema, paneer or dry fruits.
Ruby Divine Indian Dining is located at 25 Middle Neck Road; www.facebook.com/rubydiningli
Coming soon to Middle Neck Road will be one of the latest food trends to take over New York, the modern grab-and-go crêpes that are widely popular in Japan. Delicious, thin, pancake-like pastries that can be served for every meal of the day, including dessert, T-swirl Crêpe makes crepes easier to eat by wrapping them in a cone and displaying ingredients in an aesthetically pleasing way. Savory crêpes include the Vegetarian Lover, with baby spinach, julienned carrots, shelled edamame, tofu rectangles, cucumbers, string beans, corn, raisins, tofu sauce and sesame dressing and the Angus Short Ribs, along with string beans, sesame seeds, chipotle aioli and tofu sauce.
Their sweet crêpe selection includes the Matcha Chocolate Truffles, with sliced strawberries, chocolate truffles, matcha custard cream, whipped yogurt, chocolate sauce and crushed pistachio, plus fruit-centric crêpes like Strawberry Banana, Blueberry NY Cheesecake and the T-Swirl Fruits Cocktail.
T-swirl Crêpe is located at 71 Middle Neck Road; www.t-swirlcrepe.com
Still relatively new to Great Neck, Yummy Sushi seems to have lived up to its name by providing a delicious all-you-can-eat sushi buffet, plus so much more. The buffet is a great deal for only $19.95 a person on weekdays and $21.95 on weekends, with tons of options to choose from: basic cooked or raw regular and hand rolls; fancy rolls, like the Coco Island Roll with deep-fried coconut shrimp topped with fresh avocado and sprinkled with sweet coconut shavings; and special rolls, like the Yummy Roll with tuna, avocado and salmon, topped with yellowtail and wasabi sauce.
The menu has the basic sections that can be found in many sushi restaurants, like soups and salads, kitchen and sushi bar appetizers, sashimi, bento boxes and lunch specials, but also has unique, additional offerings like hibachi, Japanese ramen and rice bowls.
Yummy Sushi is located at 25 Cutter Mill Road; www.yummysushigreatneck.net
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