PLANCHA Tapas and Wine Bar in Garden City
When we saw that PLANCHA, a new Tapas and Wine Bar was opening up in Garden City, our intuition told us that Josh, Jonathan and Lily, the trio behind one of our favorite spots on the South Shore, Salumi, in Massapequa, were behind this new spot. Our suspicions were confirmed and with that knowledge in our hands, we knew that diners were in for something special on the North Shore.
Just like Salumi, PLANCHA is a Tapas and Wine Bar establishment. Small plates rule the day and with small plates, variety comes with it. There are plenty of options to get out there and try new things. Cheese plates, paninis, halved and baked fingerling potatoes (served as french fries would be – with amazing dipping sauces), prawns (perfectly prepared – served with the head on), burrata (fresh mozzarella with a creamy center served atop pickled green apples, beets, endive and arugula) and a selection of cured meats that can satisfy even the pickiest foodies on Long Island.
The location that is now PLANCHA was formerly occupied by Upper Crust Cafe, which closed back in December of 2011. Taking about a year to build out the space (the timetable was hampered in the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy), they opened their doors less than six weeks ago. Splitting their time between Massapequa and Garden City, the owners are committed to bringing their vision of a great menu, wonderful atmosphere and dining experience to residents on both shores. On Sundays, a brunch menu is offered that features eggs, tostadas and a variety of toasts. Prices for brunch range between $10 – $14, depending on what item is ordered.
We visited the restaurant two separate times for the photos that can be browsed above. During the daytime, lunch hour and also at night mid-week when the restaurant’s tables were all occupied. This will be a perfect restaurant and wine bar for the locals in Garden City who are accustomed to great cuisine in their great location. PLANCHA is a romantic and upscale wine bar that all of Long Island can get behind.
PLANCHA Tapas and Wine Bar
931 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530