Seventh Street Cafe
126 Seventh Street
Garden City, NY 11530

Northern Italian Masterpiece

Located in the heart of Garden City’s shopping district, you can find Seventh Street
Café.  As the name suggests, this eatery is located on Seventh Street between Hilton Avenue and Franklin Avenue.  This shopping Mecca is the perfect location for such a fine establishment as Seventh Street Café.

This restaurant is owned and operated by the renowned Scotto Family. The Scotto Family is well known for its premiere dining and catering establishments. Jose Cruz, head chef, came to the United States about 15 years ago.  He began his culinary career with the Scottos and thrives at Seventh Street Café. Chef Cruz is very passionate about his work creating masterpiece dishes for the many patrons that frequent Seventh Street Café.

When we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by smiling faces that assisted us in removing our jackets, and placed them into a large dark armoire.  One can’t help but notice the large collection of wines along the right wall and the beautiful dining room set off to the left.  Ornate decorations are found throughout the dining room area – including large bronze vases, faux floral arrangements set on half walls, Italian artwork, square pillars, and a fireplace in the middle.  Elaborate cast iron ceiling fans hang above your head, and off-white curtains decorate the front windows looking out onto Seventh Street.  The beige walls and terra cotta finished floors create an Italian countryside setting.  It is a romantic and charming place with a casual atmosphere. 

Downstairs houses a private catering room, which is capable of accommodating up to sixty people.  They specialize in showers, communions, christenings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries, and corporate events. 

The staff was incredibly attentive.  We were greeted immediately upon entrance by the manager Heather. She was beyond polite and accommodating.  We never saw her without a smile throughout the entire evening.  The entire staff was extremely amicable.  We thoroughly enjoyed our waiter, George.  He was knowledgeable of each dish brought to the table, and was not shy with his personal recommendations.  The friendly manner of the staff made our dining experience that much more enjoyable.

Warm fresh Italian bread (above left) was served with a dipping dish filled of olive oil (above right), balsamic vinaigrette, and a pinch of Parmesan Romano cheese.  The oil was extremely tasty, and the balsamic was a nice touch.  Also, in the bread basket were breadsticks covered with a fresh tomato basil paste, which provided a delicious aroma and flavor to the fresh bread.  

The martini menu at Seventh Street Café contained a variety of unique options.  Our table sampled the Pomegranate Martini, which was sweet on the palate.  The Finding Nemo Martini was a yummy decision.  It appeared as blue as the ocean, and had a “beachy” essence with its coconut undertone and hidden little gummy fish.  For those that prefer another intriguing cocktail, we suggest the Tezon Pomegranate Cosmo.  The Patron Grand Rita was a classic margarita garnished with a fancy lime.  It perfectly combined the sweet and sour flavors of a margarita.   The wine list offers an array of options between sparkling, red and whites.  We were informed that the list is currently undergoing some changes, and will be updated in the near future.  Based on our waiter’s suggestion we experienced a bottle of Dry Creek Valley’s 2005 Crush.  A 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Merlot blend.  It had an intense berry aroma and flavor.  Crush is a light and smooth option which pairs well with most dishes.

We began our evening with the Seventh Street Salad (above left).  A plate of spinach and arugula with sliced mangos, gorgonzola cheese, toasted walnuts and dried cranberries tossed in raspberry vinaigrette, served with flaky tortilla triangles.  The dried cranberries and toasted walnuts were a great contrast to the gorgonzola cheese.  The salad was absolutely outstanding.  Our table agreed it would be the perfect salad for lunch with the option of adding grilled chicken or shrimp.  

We were served two appetizer platters.  The first was the hot Antipasto Assortito (above right) – stuffed shrimp, clams oreganta, mussels posillipo, eggplant sorrentino, and stuffed mushrooms topped with a light tomato sauce.  The shrimp was crisp.  The mussels had a buttery flavor accentuated by the creamy sauce.  The sautéed eggplant was fresh and tender with a generous amount of melted fresh mozzarella on top. The mushrooms were tender and expertly stuffed.  The antipasto platter was a unique combination of hot appetizers, definitely an excellent starter to any Italian dinner.

The next appetizer was a cold Antipasto Assortito (above left); a combination of imported Italian delicacies including: cured meats, fresh mozzarella, provolone cheese, lettuce, vine ripe tomato, roasted red peppers, extra virgin olive oil, and vinegar.  The provolone cheese was wonderfully sharp. The mozzarella, made in house, was incredibly fresh tastly.  The meats included pepperoni, prosciutto, soppressato, and salami.  It was a second great combination of Italian classics.

The first entrée was Tortelloni alla Vittorio.  Homemade stuffed cheese dumplings were served with baby shrimp, mushrooms, nutmeg, and shallots in a pink sauce.  The tortellini was prepared well and the sauce added a delicious flavor.  The pink sauce was creamy yet very light.  Our second entrée was one of the specials that evening, the Red Snapper.  The snapper was prepared in white wine, garlic, butter sauce, and then broiled.  The snapper was fresh, delicate and flavorful.  Each bite melted in our mouths.  Also served with this dish was broccoli rabe and zucchini.  The zucchini was breaded and stuffed with vegetables.  The stuffing consisted of string beans, carrots, and peppers.  It was a great preparation of zucchini, enjoyed by all at the table.  The stuffed zucchini was an excellent complement to the red snapper.  

We then moved on to the Vitello Sorrentina.  The Sautéed milk-fed veal were topped with sliced baby eggplant, scallions, San Daniele prosciutto and melted fresh mozzarella cheese lightly breaded with a touch of fresh plum tomato sauce and a side of sautéed spinach and scalloped potatoes.  The veal medallions melted in our mouths.  The scallions provided a nice flavor to the dish.  Our last dish was created based on a suggestion our waiter, George, had made to the chef – also another special of the evening.  Chicken in a sherry wine mushroom sauce along with asparagus stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto.  The chicken was moist and tasty in a thick creamy sauce.  The asparagus was prepared in a rather unique manner.  The prosciutto added a salty taste which contrasted against the tangy goat cheese. 

The Italian Cheesecake was homemade perfection.  It was a heavy yet fluffy creamy heaven.  They also offer the “American” version, but we would suggest that when in Rome, do as the Romans.  We then savored the Chocolate Soufflé with hazelnut gelato.  The chocolate soufflé was moist.  The hazelnut gelato was amazing.  It added a distinction to such a traditional dessert.  Dessert was enjoyed with a cappuccino frosted to perfection in an oversized coffee mug.  

Seventh Street Café has mastered the traditional Northern Italian cuisine while adding their personal touch to every aspect of the restaurant.  The menu offers a wide variety of options for diners.  One of our favorite parts of the restaurant was their pacing.  It was not too slow, and not too fast – each dish came out at just the right time.  Heather informed us that the restaurant tends to get crowded on the weekend.  We would recommend going during a week night to get the full effect of the dining room, which is just one more element of this wonderful dining experience.  Whenever you decide to dine at this exquisite establishment be sure to bring your appetite – Mangia!

Overall RatingExceptional

Cuisine: Northern Italian

Ambiance & Décor:  Warm & Elegant

Prices: Lunch $10-$18, Dinner $12-$29

Seventh Street Cafe

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