Wild Ginger's woven lanterns drizzle light on a wall-spanning triptych of paintings that blends modern abstraction with traditional Asian styles. Cherry-red banquettes cushion patrons as they dine on dishes that blend the cuisines of China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia. Sushi shares menu space with made-to-order entrees of chicken, duck, and scallops in curry and fruit-based sauces. While waiting on a wok entree to cool, patrons can try to down a frothy brew using only their chopsticks.
Sripraphai Thai Restaurant began as a small, struggling bakery. When owner Sripraphai Tipmanee switched to making roasted duck salad and crispy dried catfish, business took off, eventually moving to a new location and then taking over the buildings on both sides. Credit the critics; it's frequently cited in discussions of best Thai in New York, and Zagat recently rated it number one once again.
Sushi Ichi Japanese Restaurant's seasoned chefs recruit fresh fish and sticky morsels of rice to build a menu stacked with more than 50 types of maki rolls. The culinary team fills seaweed-wrapped cylinders with predetermined combinations of snow crab, tuna, and salmon, as well as custom-builds sushi rolls to incorporate diners' favorite ingredients. Thai and Chinese dishes also abound and include classics such as spicy kung pao chicken, shrimp pad thai, and green and red curries flanked by rich coconut rice.
Wild Ginger’s crew draws upon culinary traditions from Japan, Thailand, and China as the chefs slice burdock root, shiitake mushrooms, and lemongrass. In the bustling kitchen, they decorate colorful eats with tobiko and curlicues of honey-infused wasabi. Steam trickles from bowls of noodles and tempura-battered lobster. Servers whisk the newly minted dishes out to the yellow, orange, and green dining room, delivering them to tables of guests and cartoon silverware seeking a night away from the demands of constant singing.
As its far-reaching name implies, West East All Natural Bar and Bistro is all about inclusiveness. The restaurant's menu features a delicious spread of grass-fed steaks, responsibly sourced seafood, and hormone-free pork and chicken. What you won't find here, however, are foods that don't closely adhere to strict standards of health and sustainability. Even the wine is organic; enjoy a glass with the duck stir-fry in oyster sauce, or the local wild-caught striped bass with chutney. Among the bistro's bevy of awards include being named a top 20 restaurant in 2013 by Newsday and winning two best of categories from Longislandpress.com in 2014.
A Japanese, French-fusion, and Thai restaurant, Laverne of Great Neck was voted one of Long Island’s 2012 Best Fusion Restaurants by readers of the Long Island Press’s annual Best of Long Island poll. Inside the eatery, a prominent sushi bar serves as a reminder of the restaurant's Japanese pedigree, with sushi and sashimi on display to passersby. On the menu, diners discover cuisine that crosses cultural borders, such as the steak frites, which Long Island Pulse magazine called "a true fusion dish," featuring "superior sirloin sliced steak…and an addictive Asian sauce." And, much like sleepovers shared between UN representatives, Laverne wraps up its worldly spectacle with various desserts, as well as drinks such as beer, wine, and sake.