LILY POND: 1073 Northern Boulevard,
HOURS: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and
CREDIT CARDS: All Major
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes
For the finest in Chinese and Japanese cuisine Go East. Not all the way to Asia,
but just a few miles over the Nassau County border, to Lily Pond in Roslyn. There you can
indulge in rich, traditional dishes, prepared with both elegance and flair.
The atmosphere of the restaurant, with its peach-toned walls and ornate floral
arrangements somehow feels more Mediterranean than southeast Asian. But if there is
anything at Lily Pond truly worth pondering it is what to order.
For many of the regular customers, this decision is left in the hands of hostess
Catherine Huang, who can compose a feast of such variety and delight, that one is apt to
lose all confidence in their normal ordering ability. Such regulars include Congressman
Gary Ackerman, and State Senator Manny Gold.
While it is possible to order a completely Chinese or completely Japanese meal,
Catherine tends to create an interesting mix of the two.
We started with the Dim Sum, an excellent mix of vegetable and seafood dumplings. Then
we switched gears slightly to the Japanese side of the spectrum, and enjoyed the Spicy
Tuna roll ($4.75), and the Shrimp Tempura roll ($4.25).
Next came the soup. We tried Lily Ponds superb Won Ton soup ($1.50), and their
hearty Seafood Bisque soup ($6.95). Both were fresh and extremely satisfying.
Then, much to our surprise that more food was being brought to the table, we moved on
to our main courses. The first of these courses was the Butterfly Filet Mignon with leeks
and hot peppers, and served with a delicious spinach rice. A truly unique take on a
popular standard that is ingrained on our palates. This dish, and others like it, is
available as part of Lily Ponds special Prix Fixe dinner ($21.95). This includes a
choice of soup, appetizer, and dessert.
The piéce de resistance was a dish called Lily Ponds Love Nest, which is chicken
and shrimp mixed in a wonderful crust and decorated with a pair of star-fish crossed
Other entrees on the special dinner menu include, Pan Seared Jumbo Shrimp with scallion
and ginger, Steamed Salmon with black bean sauce, and the Grilled Triple Crown (chicken,
shrimp, and salmon).
For dessert, we had Lily Ponds famous Steamed Malaysian Cake, which is made
without any butter. The chef also recommended the crispy sesame ball.
So for traditional Chinese and Japanese, one neednt book expensive plane tickets,
just place your lily pad on Lily Pond.