Review Revel In Garden City

img border 0 height 105 src http 2 bp blogspot com -O2l2OdjSboo Uj2psuBTwUI AAAAAAAAAj0 mcMvYZmmW0I s400 7 jpg width 400 New place opened on Tuesday Sep 17 on Franklin Ave in Garden City TD Bank building Had lunch there on Friday img border 0 height 240 src http 1 bp blogspot com -jBX9Ow–saM Uj2pBJjI5vI AAAAAAAAAjU FG6axIJotbs s320 4 jpg width 320 The dining area is small so they try to create the illusion of space with an open ceiling and big mirrors on the walls A big bar spans almost the entire back of the dining area They also did a good job of hiring all cute waitresses a la the hostesses at Insignia That s smart of course Older successful businessmen and their male clients want to be around young pretty girls img border 0 height 320 src http 4 bp blogspot com -K5aqB60oewg Uj2pDTaFqII AAAAAAAAAjc Fse4DkJq6aI s320 5 jpg width 240 The decor is an overall gray and dark blue green which I didn t really dig though my lunch companion liked it Unusual for a Franklin Ave restaurant I guess it s trying to be city edgy modern–even the font of the letters They seem to be targeting the local finance and other professional crowd for lunch and dinner The seats are covered in a fabric that was on a couch my grandma had when I was a kid which she called a davenport So my first thought was cheap Maybe that s unfair The menu is big and ambitious and a little strange Grilled octopus sandwich With olives on it Sounds f cking gross Prices for lunch are 2-3 more per dish more than an average Garden City place Dinner is priced like an upper-tier Long Island restaurant though not the most expensive Dinner entrees average around 27 Much more for steak img border 0 height 240 src http 1 bp blogspot com -IVT9NiC4amg Uj2pGPiMOXI AAAAAAAAAjk uqvxGTzO6Ns s320 IMG 6018 jpg width 320 I had the 1855 hamburger 14 00 because not much else on the lunch menu sounded very good for under 15 The meat was dry the bun was dry and crumbly stale hate that and way too big for the hamburger There was no cheese and instead of onions there was a red wine shallot marmalade which didn t really add to my enjoyment So it was OK not great img border 0 height 240 src http 1 bp blogspot com -OTv446b1I1k Uj2pT9oT3SI AAAAAAAAAjs fuM d iWRsE s320 6 jpg width 320 My lunch companion had the chicken amp avocado BLT 12 00 She said it was OK but was dry and needed some kind of sauce The sandwiches are served with waffle fries They are not waffle fries more like french fry pillows They also come with a little mesclun salad and a mustard vinaigrette That did nothing for me If I were the owners I d scale down the menu and concentrate on getting each dish perfect You re a small restaurant and it s Garden City And if you re trying to stand out with the flavors of the food don t get too crazy I m sure they don t care what I say 2 5 out of 5 starsRevel Restaurant amp Bar835 Franklin AvenueGarden City NY