Step into the dining room of The Palm Court Restaurant in The Carltun, and you may feel as if you’ve entered a grand palazzo. The restaurant’s snow white columns, arched alcoves, hand-painted murals and marble fireplace evoke an air of stately refinement. Mahogany wood chairs with upholstered tapestry, solid glass tables with starched white linen, and soft-lit brass sconces are but a few of the design elements that help make The Palm Court Restaurant a perfect setting for elegant dining.
The contemporary American menu is filled with dishes that dazzle both eye and palate. A special appetizer one night, fig salad with prosciutto and goat cheese in a delicate tamarind sauce, was a gastronomic knockout. The Palm salad with fresh mozzarella, artichokes and roasted peppers, was a winner too, replete with hearts of palm bathed in a delectable balsamic vinaigrette. Other appetizer choices include “cappuccino style” lobster bisque, Alaskan crab cakes with a Pernod honey sauce, sautÃ©ed Sonoma Valley foie gras and, for caviar lovers, a choice of beluga, oscietre and sevruga—all served with heavenly potato blinis.
EntrÃ©e choices range from braised salmon over artichokes and spinach to broiled Chilean sea bass in an aged port reduction to a hefty grilled Porterhouse steak with mashed potatoes. One evening’s entrÃ©e special, a terrific stroke of luck for a diner yearning to sample much of the kitchen’s magic, consisted of smaller portions of the restaurant’s four most popular entrÃ©e dishes: wonderfully flavorful breast of Long Island duck in a Port Hoisen sauce, terrifically tender filet mignon wrapped in a phyllo puff pastry, scrumptious South African lobster tail with broccoli rabe, and perfectly cooked baby lamb chops in a savory Guinness stout and roasted garlic sauce.
Desserts are definite musts. The Palm Court’s “chocolate, chocolate, chocolate” is a chocoholic’s dream: a thin slice of dense chocolate brownie, a mini chocolate tart, and a chocolate shell filled with rich chocolate mousse. Who can ask for anything more?
East Meadow, NY