Titus Eats: Seasons 52

13 Apr

Dining out and trying new restaurants are some of our favorite pastimes, so we’ve decided to add some local restaurant reviews to our blog! There’s a few fun, super local places we’ll write about soon, but our first one is about Seasons 52, now open in Garden City. It’s about a 15-25 minute drive from us, depending on the time of day.

Seasons 52 - Garden City

We first dined at a Seasons 52 while we were in Ft. Lauderdale for work back in 2008. It was recommended to us by one of the guys on our crew who lived down there. We really enjoyed it, and since it was a chain restaurant, I kept checking their webpage in hopes that one day it would open in NY.

You may wonder why I’d be so enthusiastic about a chain restaurant… Well, Seasons 52 is different. Despite being owned by the same restaurant group as the dreaded Olive Garden, Seasons 52 is all about healthy, local, and seasonal food. Everything on the menu is under 475 calories, the menu changes seasonally, and the specials change weekly (hence the 52). They also have a huge wine list, with many available by the glass. The NY outpost just opened at the end of March, and we had the pleasure of dining there this past Friday, and it did live up to my pleasant memory of the Ft. Lauderdale location!

We started with a Garlic Chicken Flatbread – they have several of these super-thin crusted pizza like breads from which to choose. Jer then had the soup of the day, which I believe was a chicken and vegetable. For dinner I had shrimp stuffed with roasted artichokes, with pearl pasta and spinach, and Jer had a rainbow trout. All the dishes where light, yet filling, with a ton of flavor. You would never suspect you were eating “healthy” food.

This is why I was so taken with the restaurant. They’re typically found attached to large malls, right along side similar places where one would go and not think twice about ordering a huge calorie-laden meal. Here, you can still rack up the calories, but it will pale in comparison to what you’d typically end up with at a “chain” restaurant (or any restaurant really). After dining at the one in FL, I literally said, “It would be so nice to have something like this in NY, it’s a really smart idea!” Four years later, we do!

The service was great too. We had a reservation and they went out of their way to make sure they addressed us by name. Our server was also very knowledgable about their wine, and was attentive to my food allergies, which was of course greatly appreciated!

As I mentioned they have an extensive wine list, from which I was able to order a glass of sustainable Sauvignon Blanc from Napa, while Jer ordered a local Blue Point Toasted Lager beer.

Since we’d had such a healthy meal, I gave in and ordered dessert… (admittedly it was hard to resist since they bring out a whole selection tray and put it right on your table!) They call their desserts “mini indulgences” and are served in shot glasses at about 200 calories each. I had the mini key lime pie, and it was the perfect size to complete the meal!

Highly recommended, and highly looking forward to going back and experiencing all of their difference seasonal offerings!


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