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Basil's Bistro opens at the Hilton on Rte. 110
If you're used to blah dining in hotel lobbies, the new Basil's Bistro at the Hilton on Rte. 110 won't do anything to change your view.
The corporate-style menu is all over the place, from Mediterranean salad to Long Island duck. A tired-tasting turkey burger ($14) at a recent lunch was served with a cranberry aioli that looked like gloppy Dannon yogurt. Lukewarm fries were soaked with oil.
Two bright spots: The salad had beautiful yellow and red tomatoes worthy of the season. And the service was fine.
Overnight guests have the convenience of a full breakfast menu that covers such items as eggs Benedict ($13), blueberry stuffed pancakes ($10) and a breakfast lox wrap ($14).
The restaurant is part of a redo of the Hilton lobby that includes a handsome 45-foot-long bar — a promising spot for after-office-hours drinks for those working along this busy corridor. Even so, there's nothing right now at Basil's that would make this lobby dining space a detour-worthy destination.
Basil's Bistro is at 598 Broadhollow Rd., Melville, 631-845-1000.
Above: Turkey burger with cranberry aioli on a brioche bun at Basil's Bistro in Melville