The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Before hitting the Bloomingdales and Saks outlets in Garden City, I stopped into Noodles & Company for a quick lunch. It was about noon and there wasn't much of a crowd at the attractive new eatery, situated next door to Ulta at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza. About half an hour later, a line stretched from the counter almost to the door.
Here, you order at the register and are handed a number. Then, your food is delivered to you when it's ready. Trouble is, things can cool quickly as the server walks up and down every aisle searching tables for the right number.
I didnt want to eat big and so ordered a small Bangkok curry ($5.89, 260 calories), described as having broccoli, carrots, red pepper, onion, mushroom, cabbage and black sesame seeds and a light portion of rice noodles. The vegetables were bright, the flavors vibrant, but the portion so minuscule that I ended up raiding my companions highly flavorsome pad Thai, made with vegetables, sweet chili, peanuts and egg. It, too, was a small order, but was heavier on the noodles carrying, of course, a much higher calorie count. ($5.89; 420 calories). Bottom line: There may be no such thing as a filling 260 calorie lunch at least one that involves noodles.
Noodles & Company is at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, 996 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-794-4942, noodles.com.