So new it doesn’t even have a sign above its door, Beijing House joins Long Island’s small but growing cadre of highly authentic Chinese restaurants. The newcomer takes over the former digs of Luna Garden, a Chinese-American spot that received a two-star review in April, just a couple of months after it opened. Before that, the site housed Energy Kitchen.
I stopped by, hoping to grab a takeout menu, but there weren’t any. So I did the next best thing and used my iPhone to photograph the roster of dishes, written first in Chinese and then translated into English. A friendly and forthcoming waiter described the bill of fare as mainly northern in origin. Here's a sampling of items:
Pork with shrimp, egg and chive dumplings, seaweed and slow-cooked pork sparerib bone soup, stir-fried quail with cumin seed, soft fried boneless sparerib with salt and pepper, braised pig feet in brown sauce, stir-fried pork intestine, sauteed lamb with scallion, shredded potato with chili pepper, Chinese thin celery with sliced dried tofu and — at $23.95, what appears to be the costliest item on the moderately priced roster — whole fish in hot chili oil.
For those who aren’t so adventuresome there's also wonton soup, chicken with broccoli and shredded pork with garlic sauce.
Beijing House is at 170 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-864-0702