Mint – A Refreshing Change for the Long Island Restaurant Scene

| September 15, 2012

New York City’s highly respected and long admired Mint Restaurant has spread their wings and expanded to Long Island. Located in Garden City, this brand new establishment is extraordinary in a multitude of ways. Owner Gary Sikka is a chef with a rich culinary background and this, his sophomore effort, has set a new standard for the Long Island dining scene.
Greeted by a wall of water cascading down a beautifully adorned stone and tile wall, you are welcomed into an oasis of color, shapes, décor and warmth. This thoughtfully appointed space has an artistic sensibility and exquisite taste abounds. With a bar, lounge and ample seating area on the ground floor, it is an exciting and inviting environment and at the ready to accommodate all who enter. There is just something refreshing and alive about this space—the atmosphere seems to crackle with energy. The interior design has been expertly executed and it is clear at every turn, no expense was spared.

We ventured into Mint during a soft opening and were only afforded a glimpse of what the menu will be offering, but what we saw and tasted was not only delicious, but delivered with a precision that only a seasoned chef can assure.  They have put a bit of a twist on their traditional Indian fare offered up in their NYC location and created fusion dishes like the Seekh Kabob wrapped in a white corn tortilla. But do not despair, the traditional and outrageously delicious treats like the yogurt marinated lamb chops and tandoori shrimp are sure to make an appearance on the menu and if you are wise, your plate
Rubal Sikka handles the management and flow of this incredible environment with an elegant hand. Venture upstairs for additional seating, or better yet onto the outdoor dining and lounge area. This is al fresco dining done with an extraordinary level of luxury and taste. With a beautiful outdoor bar, full outdoor kitchen including grill and tandoor, five luxury and cushioned cabanas and an array of cocktail and dining tables, this place is sure to be a magnet for many segments of the local culture. It is a dream spot for an after work “happy hour,” an idyllic location for a company meeting or wedding reception, or simply for dining under the stars.

One thing is for certain, we will be making the trip from New York City to experience this polished gem again and again. This is dining done right and makes another a great success a foregone conclusion.