Eisenhower Park, where countless barbecues and catered affairs have marked the years, is the home of The Palm Court, the main restaurant at The Carltun complex. It has been a comfortable mix of old and new for years.
It still is.
Traditional in look, the restaurant also has taken some contemporary turns on the menu. The Palm Court has a special-occasion feel, but you'll find it just as appetizing anytime.
You can come for a fine, steakhouse experience, and veer into both New American and continental, too. The food is dependable; the service, polished.
Winning dishes include the Cedar River steak, with sauteed onions, garlic-mashed potatoes, asparagus and wild mushroom sauce; the Duroc pork chop, with apple-mustard sauce, polenta rings and haricots verts; and roasted chicken with porcini-mushroom jus and polenta croutons. Seaside, try the roasted Atlantic halibut with tomato bruschetta and basil-mashed potatoes.
The sweets are carefully composed affairs, from the updated banana split that has bananas- Foster flair to a rich trio of chocolate desserts and a warm apple tart that bridges the seasons.
The Palm Court, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow; 516-542-0700.
Updated banana split at The Palm Court.