The Garden City Hotel has a long and iconic history as one of New York City's most elegant hotels. Over the years, The hotel has played host to royalty, presidents, politicians, actors, authors, and tourists. Rising majestically in the center of Garden City, the hotel has a magnificent facade, beautifully manicured grounds, and a gorgeous wood paneled lobby with marble floors. The elegantly dressed doorman, and magnificent gold front doors, all add to the cache of this internationally renowned hotel.
Visiting the hotel brought back wonderful memory's of joyous holidays, celebrations and charity events we attended during the past 20 years. In recent years the hotel had begun to show its age and was in need of a major refurbishing to maintain its elite status. After years of competitive bidding, the hotel was sold to new owners. Subtle changes have already been made to the interior of the hotel in terms of decor and decoration.. The new Garden City Hotel is beautiful but less formal.
The new Polo Steakhouse at the Garden City Hotel, reflects the new ownerships interest in bringing in a new clientele and offering exciting new dining venues for its guests. The steakhouse occupies a large dining room adjacent to the main dining room and bar and is darkly elegant and urban chic. The walls, panelling, sconces, chandeliers, all give a visual authenticity to the new steakhouse.
We were greeted and seated by restaurant manager, Andrew Markowitz who told us about his staff and their goal of providing the very best food and service to their clients. Then we were introduced to Carlos, our captain for the evening. Carlos was impeccably attired, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu and the hotel. Although the steakhouse had just opened, the kitchen and wait staff appeared highly organized and ready for their new clientele.
Our meal began with an incredibly delicious "chef's gift". of a small demitasse cup of decadent french onion soup covered with a thick layer of imported melted cheese. Nothing short of sensational!
We were then served our appetizers: Jumbo Shrimp cocktail and a bowl of classic lobster bisque which we shared. The shrimps were large, firm and delicious,, and the bisque was rich and filled with small lobster chunks.
We then sampled a sensational "traditional Caesar salad" which was prepared table side by our captain. The caesar was filled with all the essential ingredients: Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, croutons, and anchovies. In addition to our salad we tried a jumbo lump crab cake made with large chunks of crabmeat, toasted corn, celeriac, and chipotle aioli. Perfectly prepared and served.
It was now time to make a decision about our entrees. Our menu offered a wide variety of steaks, chops and pork dishes all of which sounded delicious. After consulting with Carlos, we decided to try two of our favorite meat dishes: Colorado Lamb chops and a smoked Berkshire Pork chop. Each plate came with three different Polo sauces : Green peppercorn, Bernaise, and GC's own steak sauce. Our entrees were accompanied by side dishes of Brussels Sprouts, with bacon and maple butter, roasted mushrooms and caramelized onions. baked potato with sour cream and fresh chives, and creamed spinach. Our meals were certainly on par with the very best steakhouses on Long Island. During the meal our glasses were kept full, our table crumbed and the wait staff totally attentive to our every need.
We took a deep breath and then indulged ourselves in two of the fabulous desserts the Polo offered. We tried a hot apple crumb pie with vanilla ice cream and an awesome slice of Colossal Seven Layer Chocolate cake with hot fudge sauce. The Seven layer was delightful and the apple crumb was off the chart delicious!
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the new Polo Steakhouse and came away totally impressed by the excellent menu, fine service, and steakhouse atmosphere.
The Polo Steakhouse is a terrific new addition to the North Shore's formidable line up of great steakhouses.
The Polo Steakhouse, 45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY 11530, 516-677-9385