The newly opened Seasons 52 at Roosevelt Field in Garden City is a wonderful dining experience. From the second Lauren and I sat down to the minute we left, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
The decor is dark wood with contemporary art and will make you feel as though you have entered an upscale hotel. We both loved the elegant fountain that can be seen when first walking in.
As if they had just been trained, which they probably were since this particular location is only about 4 weeks old, we were greeted to big smiles from about 4 staff people.
We booked on Opentable, a dining reservation service, which helped get us seated immediately. (We overheard them tell the people next to us with NO reservation that the wait would be about 45 minutes for 2 people.)
We were taken to a smaller room with only about 8 tables.
Each table was set with logo wine glasses, napkins and silverware and a candle.
Lauren and I both liked that although we were in a private room - the wall in front of us had cut-outs so we could see into the bar area and rest of the restaurant.
It was also a bit quieter in our room which we both enjoyed.
The table was comfortable and we were greeted quickly by an upbeat server named Allison.
Allison really took her time welcoming us, then she went over the drink and dinner specials and made sure to explain that everything on the menu is 475 calories or less. (Something that impressed Lauren and I since we have never dined at this chain)
Allison also told us the signature flatbreads were a good way to start - so we decided to take her up on it and order one.
We went with the Garlic Chicken Flatbread which was served on a flaky crust with Mozzarella cheese,balsamic onions and roasted red peppers. It was hot, light and delicious.
For drinks, Lauren ordered a Strawberry-Coconut Skinny Martini and I ordered an Organic Sunshine Martini.
We could tell they were both low calorie drinks - but they were still delicious, and proceeded to make us delightfully dizzy.
Our meals were both very enjoyable and tasty.
I ordered the Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon - which actually cooks on a cedar plank and is served that way. It came with asparagus, Roasted herb potatoes and carrots.
Everything was cooked to perfection and arrived to the table hot. The salmon was particularly moist, juicy and flavorful.
Lauren had the Grilled Tiger Shrimp Penne Pasta which came with vegetables in a light lemon-basil sauce. She also said the meal was cooked beautifully and was also very flavorful.
The portions were reasonable and we both commented on how we felt perfectly full.
Definitely not overstuffed - even with the drinks and appetizer.
When Allison, who was very attentive to us throughout the meal, came back with a dessert sampler - we couldn't resist. The servers actually bring a rack of what they call "Mini Indulgences," to the table. In keeping with the restaurant's low calorie theme - these are desserts served in an over-sized shot glass. After Allison explained each one carefully our mouths were watering. I had the Key Lime Pie and Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road, and Lauren went for the Carrot cake inspired one.
I was shocked when Allison took the dessert right from the rack and gave them to us. She explained that they constantly refill them so they can give you the exact one you look at. I thought it was a sample platter of fake desserts like many restaurants have. I almost wanted to tell Allison to just leave the entire rack! (Which I'm sure other people do.)
The Seasons 52 was also very reasonably priced for the food, drinks and atmosphere you get. Lauren and I both left very satisfied and decided to give Seasons 52 a 4.5 dinner mints out of 5 on our dinner mint scale.
And in case you were wondering, because we were, the restaurant is called Seasons 52 because the menu changes seasonally. According to the restaurants nicely designed website - Specials and new market inspirations change 52 weeks a year.
There you go.