The area right around Great Neck’s LIRR station is a hotbed of openings and closings.
The most exciting-sounding new establishment is The Carousel (20 S. Station Plaza, Great Neck, 516-304-5192), a Japanese restaurant specializing in kaiten (??), Japanese for “revolving conveyor.” Customers sit at a counter and take dishes—of sushi, salads, sandwiches and desserts—off the conveyor belt as it passes by. According to the Web site, “the format is such a fun way to enjoy tapas-portioned dishes that you might not be completely familiar with’ you get to see the food before you give it a try.”
The Carousel will also serve a wide variety of Japanese, Chinese and English teas (as well as coffee) and offer bento boxes for lunch. Manager Emi Seki Ho said she hopes to open the restaurant by the end of January.
Around the corner, Kanpai has been replaced by Banyan (31 S. Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-829-2888), which bills itself as Asian Fusion & Hibachi / Bar. If memory serves, Kanpai had a pretty similar approach.
Across the street and atop Waldbaum's, Rivera’s has closed. Peter Gianotti characterized the Spanish fusion restaurant as “all over the map—in geography, atmosphere, quality.” Simply Fondue remains.
At the corner of Cutter Mill Road, Sip City (16 Middle Neck Rd.) claims via a sign to be “coming soon!” and workers were on the site this morning. The glatt kosher chicken place K Roasters (as well as Wok, the Chinese takeout that shared its premises at 9 Cutter Mill Rd.) has closed; I will miss their corn muffins.
The owners of La Rotonda have opened Café Aroma (8 Bond St., 516-482-0940) in the space formerly occupied by Nikia Designer Jewelry. Espresso drinks are on tap, as well as salads, wraps, panini, sandwiches and dessert. At 6 Bond St., Sabia Hot Bagels (516-466-3700) replaces Eastern Taco. At 105 Middle Neck Rd., Myoora Thai has been replaced by the glatt kosher 2012 Café. Paper is still up in the windows, but the awning promises burgers, fries and pita.
Rendering of The Carousel in Great Neck