Here’s hoping fish is the charm. Element Seafood has opened in the Great Neck address that has hosted four previous restaurants since 2010, most recently Katerina Ristorante Italiano (March to October 2016).
This is a second venture for the Wu family, owners of a wholesale company, also called Element Seafood, that supplies metropolitan area restaurants with shellfish and other seafood. Nellie Wu, the wholesaler’s general manager, is a young parent and Great Neck resident who said that she and her friends were looking for a casual, family-friendly restaurant with a lively bar scene and good food. So she decided to open that restaurant.
The space has been de-formalized since Katerina departed, with bare tables, reclaimed wood siding and modern lighting that give it an upscale, Down-East vibe.
Chef Rob Tweedie’s menu surveys a world of seafood with oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder, fried calamari with sweet chili sauce, bouillabaisse, fish and chips with caper rémoulade, bucatini with seafood and barramundi pho. Starters range from $7 to $14; mains from $17 to $29. (The house burger is $12).
The front of the restaurant is given over to an attractive bar and lounge with a dozen beers on tap and a menu of craft cocktails.
For those keeping track of tenancy, after Fuji-Ya closed in the early 2000s, the location subsequently house The Carousel, Lamed Vav, Station Grill and Katerina.
Element Seafood is at 20 S. Station Plaza, Great Neck, 516-829-9888, elementgreatneck.com