Walk Street in Garden City serves your classic American bistro fare with a trendy twist. The casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere is welcoming and warm.
The vibe of the restaurant overall is certainly more attractive to an older, professional crowd. The small bar is a solid spot to meet up with a colleague regarding semi-professional matters as opposed to picking up a date for next Saturday night.
Nevertheless, for a relaxing charming little dinner for two, Alex and I agree that Walk Street is an ideal selection! Additionally, the restaurant’s location on the quaint, “small town America” 7th Street, doesn’t hurt the curb appeal of this restaurant and bar. Keep in mind Sundays are “bring your own bottle of wine,” Mondays are “half-off wine by the bottle night” and Fridays include LIVE entertainment! Take advantage of Walk Street’s outdoor seating in the summer sun for a delightful lunch as well – it’s a real treat!
Before we even had a chance to order our appetizer, Alex and I were already obsessing over Walk Street’s bread basket (clearly the sign of a strong start!). It was a warm and fresh assortment of various rolls, crackers and breadsticks including raisin bread rolls and a thick doughy roll that tastes like a pretzel you might find at an NYC concession stand. Superb! For an appetizer, we selected the Basil Pesto Infused Chick Pea Hummus served with Kalamata Olives, Tomato-Red Onion, Cucumber Salad and Pita Toast Points. Alex and I agree it’s one of the best hummus dishes we’ve sampled thus far on Long Island.
For my entrée, I ordered the Pan Seared Sesame Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna served with scallion whipped potatoes, tomato, and ginger snap peas in a cilantro soy vinaigrette. The tuna was cooked to perfection and very well-seasoned. The sesame crusted topper provided a delightful crunch and the scallion whipped potatoes were “mmm mmm good!” It reminded me of the true notion that GREAT restaurants SHOULD NOT have to “specialize” in seafood in order to offer fantastic fish dishes. Alex selected one of the house specials of the evening, a Clam Pasta dish which he raved about. It’s important to note that I have dined at Walk Street many times before and can verify that their burgers are delicious, their shrimp risotto is enticing and their french fries are addicting!
Any critiques? Unlike the appetizers, main courses and sides, the dessert is nothing to write home about. The post-dinner options definitely lack the excitement of the rest of the menu. In fact, Alex and I were so unimpressed; we decided to save the money and head to TCBY right up the street for a tastier and more affordable option. We recommend you do the same. The service is attentive overall and the prices are fair for the quality you receive. Considering the overall dining experience, Walk Street hits a homerun with this Long Island duo and receives a stellar 4.5 Mints on the Dinner Mint Scale!