I stumbled upon the Giraffe Room on Christmas when we wanted to go out for dinner but every place around was closed. Well that is every place but the Giraffe Room - probably because it is within The Inn of Great Neck and needs to stay open for the Inns guests.
Anyway we had a wonderful dinner - I had am amazingly wonderful rack of lamb - and I am really glad we went as I would never have know how good this place is had we not decided to go out for dinner on Christmas.
Twigs has always been my go to place for greeting cards. This little store seems to almost always have a card that fills the bill for me.
They also have small gifts, by the pound and bar candy, gum and sell lottery tickets. They used to have a pack and ship department but I don't think it is still there, but I could be wrong. I just have not focused on that the past few times I was in the store.
This is just a satisfactory deli. When you are in Great Neck, with so many deli's - and those deli's all being packed with all sorts of things, walking into Great Neck Soon Deli is almost culture shock.
The meats and other deli fare are good - meats are Boar's Head so it is a no brainer. But there is just something missing from this deli.
Get this - they charge to toast your bagel. Yes, it is only 15 cents, but come on.
Their bagels are great - as are most bagels in this area. Their fish and other food is very good. And parking is easy.
But charging to toast a bagel is beyond what I will put up with. It happened once but will not happen again. I will go to another store that doesn't charge and where the bagels are also wonderful.
Or I will go to a store that doesn't toast and leave with an untoasted bagel. It doesn't matter. I will not return unless it is super necessary.
This is a relatively expensive buffet for the area (over $25). The food is decent with lots of seafood available. After all, it is a Chinese buffet so seafood is expected. The service is fast - you always come back to a clean table.
Then you get the bill and there is a 13% service charge on there, that is taxed, and we are told that this is probably not the tip. What do they mean by probably? I have no idea. What is it then? What service could be charged for that is different from any other restaurant? Perhaps it is the service of offering free soda. Or free bubble tea. Free - probably not.
This just galled me and I will not be returning. I know they will not miss my business as they are always packed, but the service charge was just too much. It feels like I was being ripped off. Oh well, it won't happen again.
This casual Italian restaurant in one of the best around. You walk through the courtyard of a building to get there.
They serve amazing brick oven pizza as well as lots of wonderful pasta. The pasta portions are huge so a doggy bag is a regular occurrence. The last time I went I had clams oreganata and they were excellent. My friends love the salads.
The service is quick - probably because there are always people waiting. So, if you want to linger, try this place NEXT time. The prices are also quite reasonable.
When you walk into Vespa you think you are on a small Italian street. There are posters on the walls and, well, it just feels like Italy. The staff are all very personable and try to make your experience as seamless as possible.
The food is very good as well. I particularly like the fresh home made pasta. My best friend flipped for the osso buco with risotto. Once I had a veal chop and, although more than I could eat (the dog was quite pleased <vbg>), I wished I had a bigger stomach. It was wonderful.
This is certainly someplace that everyone should try. It is not difficult to find because more often than not there is a Vespa scooter out front.
Years ago, when my son was taking Karate right next to Il Toscano we wondered why a restaurant would be located where it was. We never thought of trying it.
Then in the summer, when we saw their tomatoes outside warming in the sun, we knew that this was a hidden gem.
That weekend we could hardly get a reservation. And for good reason. The food is spectacular. I started with a special salad with raspberries and duck and - oh my! Every on in my party had something special. No one had any complaints about anything. Even the zabaglione, which we shared for dessert, was wonderful
As I am writing this I am thinking that we absolutely positively do not get there enough. Perhaps this weekend we shall go again.
When shopping 3 doors down from this establishment, I inquired with the owner of the business if he knew about it as, after I left that establishment, I was on my way to a different place to have a picture reframed.
He told me they are very reputable and good. So I gave them a try. The gentleman who helped me, Dale, was very personable and did everything he could to make my selection of a new frame and mats as easy as possible.
After I decided on what I want I found the price to be quite reasonable as well. Fine art framers are always quite expensive and I was expecting this to be about 50% more than it came out to be.
I am delighted I stumbled upon this place and will certainly go the them again whenever I have framing needs.
When my mother died, my father asked that the service be just family. Riverside was able to help us through this most difficult of times, having every resource we might need there when we needed it. I would always recommend them highly.