The Orient: Peerless Chinese in Bethpage
The reopening of The Orient sparked a restaurant version of the Oklahoma Land Rush. Now, it's as if the starting gun goes off every day. Asked about reservations, a waitress replied, "No. Always full." Tommy Tan's updated and brightened dining room earns its devotees, who patiently pack coveted tables from midday on. Tan, the on-site and hands-on owner, has enough customers to fill two eateries. But The Orient already is that.
Patrons dine at The Orient in Bethpage. (Oct. 16, 2011)
Owner Tommy Tan speaks to customers at The Orient in Bethpage. (Oct. 16, 2011)
Baked pork buns, a dim sum offering, are arranged for a photograph at The Orient in Bethpage. (Oct. 16, 2011)
Steamed shrimp steamed dumpling dim sum with meat is arranged for a photograph at The Orient restaurant in Bethpage. (Oct. 16, 2011)