La Gioconda, an italian restaurant located just across from the Great Neck Plaza LIRR station has closed it doors in 2014 and it comes as quite a surprise (to us). A quaint, dimly lit and intimate restaurant and catering operation, we were surprised to hear the news of their demise as we have dined there numerous times over the past 7 or so years and each time that we had visited the restaurant was pretty busy.
When we last visited Vespa Cibobuono in Great Neck, owner Marco Mollo had recently purchased the restaurant from its previous owner. Fast forward almost a year and Marco has taken the restaurant, a Northern Italian masterpiece and transformed it into his own; Ponte Mollo. Placing his own stamp on the space, formerly known to those driving on Northern Boulevard for its Vespa continuously parked on the sidewalk, Marco can now continue to grow his expanding fan base of local diners and those looking for a wonderful italian night out.
Great Neck’s new Bareburger is the first (but not the last) Long Island location of the popular restaurant that can be found throughout the NYC Metro area. Focusing on organic and quality ingredients, this new restaurant, located in an old retail store, is expanding the options on Middle Neck Road.
Great Neck is filled with culinary delights for every budget. While it may be an expensive town to live and play in, it doesn’t always have to be so expensive to eat (although it can be that, too). We’ve compiled a few restaurants that we’ve spoken about on FiOS1 Long Island’s Restaurant Hunter for our readers to check out and enjoy.
bee-ORGANIC is a calming experience just steps from the busy Great Neck Village. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they’re serving a unique clientele; one that is looking for vegetarian, organic and wholesome options.
While most buffets will have you and everyone else circling around a large presentation table loaded with food (and who knows what germs), Sushi Palace is more refined in nature. All you can eat sushi comes from the sushi chefs behind the sushi bar while you request your next rolls with the waitstaff, made to order.
Long Island, along with the rest of the country, is currently being invaded by dessert hotspots all across both counties. The self-serve movement is heating up and one of the newest and brightest frozen yogurt cafes to open its doors on the north shore is 32 Degree Froyo Lounge, located in the heart of the village of Great Neck.
Update: This location is closed
When we announced the opening of Restaurant Anise a few weeks back, we knew that we hit on something within a few hours. Our twitter feed, hitting the timelines of many users, took to our announcement and at least one follower moved on in for their lunchtime serving on the same day. Needless to say, they were impressed.
Update: This location is now closed. Easy come, easy go.
Chef Michael Ginor, a superstar in both Great Neck (TLV and LOLA among his most recent projects) and points further out is expanding his culinary reach on the North Shore with the opening of Restaurant Anise, a pan-Mediterranean establishment. Two weeks into their new life, Anise is picking up buzz and customers with its Hoomoos, kabobs, fresh seafood and falafels.
One of our favorite non-fast food fast food joints has to be Chiptole. Known for their fresh cuisine that is cooked in front of you (there’s no bag opening here), they’ve been growing steadily over the past few years. If you’ve wanted some in western Nassau County, you’ve had to travel to either Carle Place or Uniondale, which for some can prove to be quite inconvenient. Starting December 15th that all changes. The newest location to open its’ doors is located in Great Neck at 44 Great Neck Rd.