The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Franklin Avenue in Garden City holds its own as a certifiable Restaurant Row. Here’s a cross-section of the multinational offerings up and down the street.
GRIMALDI’S COAL BRICK-OVEN PIZZERIA , 980 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-294-6565
A Garden City nexus for coal-oven pizza whose crusts stand up to the heartiest of toppings. Try the rich, savory garlic white (ricotta and mozzarella) pizza with a chopped salad and, for dessert, a slice of Junior’s cheesecake.
WATERZOOI BELGIAN BISTRO , 850 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-877-2177
This upbeat Belgian-style bistro offers excellent draft and bottled beers and lots of hearty fare, led by steamed mussels with various sauces and outstanding fries. You’ll also love the namesake seafood dish and, at brunch, Belgian waffles.
, 835 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-246-9111
In sleek contemporary digs, you can revel in such dishes as braised pork belly sliders, veal-and-ricotta salata meatballs, spaghettini cacio e pepe, pork osso buco and grilled swordfish.
PLANCHA TAPAS AND WINE BAR , 931 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-246-9459
At this rustic attractive tapas restaurant, pair your wines with such small plates as roasted Marcona almonds, patas bravas (roasted fingerling potatoes) and a pork belly bocadillo — a little sandwich made with kimchee, sesame mayo, lime and cilantro.
ASIAN MOON , 825 Franklin Ave., Garden City, 516-248-6161
This Asian fusion restaurant has stood the test of time — and without a sushi bar. Offerings include duck pot stickers, Malaysian red curry and wok-glazed ginger shrimp.