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About Akbar Restaurant - Garden City
Akbar, with genuine Indian character and charm, is aptly named after the Grand Mogul Emperor famous for splendor of his hospitality, fabulous feasts and elegance of living. As the first Indian Restaurant in Long Island, Akbar has lived up to its name, providing unparalleled services to its guests for years. Inspired by the diverse tastes and flavors from India, each chef at Akbar not only brings years of culinary expertise to each dish, but also has his own specialty, creating a unique balance in each menu item. An elegant setting with dramatic high ceilings, plush carpeting, Indian carvings, and the romantic glow of candle light add to the memorable and unique dining experience.
Garden City, NY 11530
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun 12 pm - 3 pm
Mon-Thu 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm - 11 pm
Sun 5 pm - 10 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
As one of the premier caterers in the tri-state area, Akbar Restaurant has managed numerous social and corporate, both on and off premises, events over the past 35 years. Our success can be most attributed to our dedication to producing the highest quality food and putting our clients’ needs first. We have received numerous accolades and recognition not only within the Indian community, but also within the broader tri-state area. We proudly cater at the Hilton, Marriott, the Mandarin Oriental, Gotham Hall, and the Crest Hollow Country Club.
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Akbar Restaurant - Garden City Ratings and Reviews
We have been here many times before for dinner and a celebration. This time, the smoke alarm went off, due to Tandori oven smoking & poor veneration in the kitchen. As the lights flashed , alarm blared, plus drums banging outside awaiting the groom , made dining less comfortable. Wait staff apologized for the smoke and noise, but should have compensated us in some way! Good food though!
Ive been going to Akbar for whats probably at least 10 years now and the food has been consistently delicious. We were there the other night for my son's birthday and because once again the food was incredible I decided to give them a review. Love this place and the staff. Most importantly they make a MEAN Long Island Ice Tea!!
Our food was delicious! Waiter so nice and attentive! Best Indian food ever we would definitely go again ... next time we will bring the kids too. Family oriented or great for a date night . We loved the cauliflower dish, shrimp, and chicken . Way more than I expected! Thanks Akbar you have been there forever and we live a mile away and never visited we will be back it was a refreshing change of pace.
We had the buffet lunch on Sunday which offered a nice variety but the food was merely luke-warm which diminished its flavor. Also, the buffet is set up in the bar area without much attention to the overall appearance. A little ambiance goes a long way, even for buffets.
The service and ambience was great. The food was just average. The chicken lollipop appetizer was almost unedible. Very fatty. The tikka masala was good but not thick enough. The garlic naan was delicous. We has a very good merlot and it was priced very well.
1.Apparently,you get bad service if you are south Indian . I had reservations for a birthday lunch for my son .When he was very young Akbar was an upscale with well-mannered service staff .the mâtre'd made sure to pronounce my last name many times.
2 .the food was tasteless and loaded with chilies although I asked for mild to no heat.
Concept between spices and chili heat is lost here. Classic Indian cooking has disappeared ,and replaced with a lot of oil and chilies .
3.The wait staff don't wait on Indians.Being an 'uppity 'server is not the same as being well groomed in the art of maintaining a fine diningedining experience for the patrons.
4.valets don't know how to valet....
Overall, very disappointed and will not be dining there any time in the future.
We tried this restaurant for the first time, and it was wonderful! The food and service were great. While the ambiance is lovely, I gave them a 4 because of the big TV screen (why?) and the choice of background music. We plan to return soon.
We decided to try Akbar since my niece was visiting and never tried Indian. When we arrived, we were shown to a nice, large booth and the ambience was pleasant. The waiter appeared quickly and strongly suggested (almost insisted) we try the buffet - he said it was very good. Since he didn't offer us menus to look at, we agreed to go with the buffet; figuring my niece could try a bit of everything. The food was pretty good (the naan was very good) and the buffet offered a nice variety. We had no idea what the price was until we received the bill since we weren't told and didn't have a menu to look for ourselves, but it was reasonable so no complaints. My only complaint is that no one ever came to our table to ask if we would like a drink (and they did have a bar) and no one offered us tea/dessert after our meal. One waiter came by once to fill up our water glasses and give us some naan and once again to drop off the bill. No one asked if we needed anything or enjoyed the buffet, etc. We felt pretty much ignored. There was a large party at another table and it seemed as if all of their attention was on that group and we were not as important. I would perhaps consider going back once more to see it the service is better and a bit more welcoming on a different day. Hopefully the experience will be better.
We've had the lunch buffet at Akbar a few times and enjoyed it very much. We were happy to find out that Akbar has a Sunday dinner buffet as well. We tried it and were not disappointed. There is a good balance of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Also, white meat tandoori chicken, which we rarely find at other Indian restaurants, was offered each time we were there. We felt that the food was moderately spiced. We will definitely return .
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