Mint, the (self-proclaimed) first Indian-Asian-fusion restaurant and bar, has opened on the Ring Road at Roosevelt Field, in the space that once housed Gasho of Japan.
Mint is the suburban satellite of a midtown Manhattan restaurant. Chef-owner Gary Sikka said that the mother ship had a number of Long Island clients who urged him to open a Nassau county location and to add some pan-Asian accents to the menu. Accordingly, you’ll find a sushi bar (still under construction) and, among other specialties, hot-and-sour soup, Hakka chow mein, Manchurian cauliflower and Thai papaya salad.
Mint LI also has a roof-top lounge that features a real Long Island first: live, outdoor tandoori cooking. Two tandoori ovens (as well as a charcoal grill) are going full-blast on the roof and from them issue the restaurant’s specialty, Mint chicken, as well as lamb chops, Chilean sea bass and salmon. Among the grill offerings: chicken satay, mixed vegetables.
Mint is at 1 Ring Rd. West, Garden City, 516-307-8677.