A dining experience at Limani Roslyn will top your all-time favorites on Long Island. Its upscale fan-base definitely has this one right. You will instantly feel the elegance at Limani Roslyn, transporting your senses to an air of freshness and Mediterranean tranquility. Opt for a table at the newly created outdoor patio, which is one of the most sought after seating reservations since its opening several months ago.
While Limani Roslyn has become synonymous with the ultimate Mediterranean seafood experience, its menu combines some of the most authentic cuisine, ranging from classic favorites to modern versions of traditional staples. There is something for everyone on this finely curated menu, from seafood to lamb, pasta and vegetarian choices.
Many of the ingredients are imported from Greece, including the olive oil, cheeses, spices, seafood and highly sought Greek wines.
Which comes first, the wine or the food? Do you choose your wine first and then decide what pairs best with it? Or do you choose your favorite dish and then select a wine to go with it? Whichever way you do, you can’t go wrong especially if you are selecting one of the fine imported Greek wines offered at Limani Roslyn.
One of my favorites is the Blue Wave Assyrtiko by Avanits from Santorini (2019). The assyrtiko ($13/glass) is a hardy white wine with strong links to the Greek Aegean Islands. It pairs perfectly with fish. Another favorite at Limani Roslyn is a regional wine from Santa Barbara, Etude’s Lyric Pinot Noir ($14/glass). It is a smooth red table wine that goes great with lamb chops.
For appetizers, try the grilled sashimi-quality Tunisian octopus ($27.95). It is ridiculously tender, perfectly cooked and topped with capers, chopped red onion and pepper, then drizzled with olive oil. Or try “Limani chips,” paper thin-cut zucchini and eggplant served with lightly fried kefalograviera (saganaki) cheese and tzatziki ($26.95). This truly is a fan-favorite specialty at Limani Roslyn.
If you love fresh salad, it does not get fresher than the tomato salad, a classic Greek salad ($24.50) with tomatoes that taste like they were hand-picked from the garden just minutes before sliced onto the plate.
I would be remiss if I did not tell you about the fish. It is what we are all here for, Limani’s specialty. The particular evening that I had a chance to sample the menu, an absolute treat was presented. Branzino was on the menu, served as a whole fish for two ($82) and split at the table by the waiter. It is not always guaranteed to be available, so it is not listed on the menu. The portions vary, sometimes available for one, but more often sized to serve two to four people. Branzino is a mild, white European bass. It is sweet and flaky. Once fileted and served, has very few bones.
Limani Roslyn’s fishes are imported from the Mediterranean, then cooked simply, charcoal grilled then dashed with salt, pepper, oregano and olive oil. Most of the fish is presented whole, but can be fileted or portioned before being served to the table.
If seafood, and particularly fish is not tempting your palate, there are plenty of options to consider as a main entree. I ordered grilled American lamb chops ($51), medium rare, that were cooked to exact perfection. The portion was generous and the presentation was spectacular.
For sides, two of the best pairings are the broccoli rabe sautéed with garlic and feta cheese ($12) and the classically Greek, lemon potato with extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and herbs ($10). These have such a fresh lemony taste. Broccoli rabe is a green cruciferous vegetable, with the leaves, buds, and stems all being edible; the buds somewhat resemble broccoli. It is known for its slightly bitter taste and is particularly associated with Mediterranean cuisine.
If you have made it this far and still have room for dessert, there are several classic options, but my favorite is something called ekmek. The crust is a shredded phyllo dough, sort of resembling shredded wheat, topped with custard and then a generous scoop of pistachio whipped cream ($11).
The wait and kitchen staff are exceptional, attentive and work well as a team. The staff knows the Limani Roslyn menu and ingredients well and are happy to share their opinions to help you make the perfect selection from the menu. It is not uncommon to be greeted by the general manager or one of the dining captains at Limani Roslyn, who ensures that you are having your best experience.
Limani Roslyn accommodates dining parties of all sizes, from single dining to celebrations with the extended family, including private events. The newly installed glass partitions have become a popular addition to the dining room, as a result of the pandemic, offering a more intimate dining experience.
Whether you are dining for lunch or dinner, with clients, colleagues or family, you will feel at home and relaxed. Limani does offer unadvertised options for children, including chicken fingers, pasta and fries.
Limani Roslyn also offers a Rockefeller Plaza location, in addition to its affiliated brands, Limani Mezze (Roslyn), Oniro Taverna (Woodbury) and Prime 1024 (Roslyn).
On-site valet parking is offered. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during the peak dining hours from Friday through Sunday.
Limani Roslyn is located along the Miracle Mile at 1043 Northern Blvd. Visit www.limani.com for more information including menu and reservations.