14 Northern Blvd., Great Neck
Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Private Lot
Just past the border of Queens County, on the cusp of Great Neck, is a wonderful new restaurant called MoonStone. With a complete renovation of the outside landscaping and the beautiful modern interior, owner Tommy Lee went above and beyond in creating a home for his culinary masterpiece.
I started my meal off with a “Spicy Dragon” cocktail, which consisted of tequila infused with grapefruit juice and jalapeno, garnished with a citrus jalapeño salt. The drink was sweet, spicy and delicious, and was mixed perfectly.
MoonStone goes out of its way to express culinary genius through three main styles of Chinese cooking: Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan. My guest and I decided to leave the ordering to Tommy. As we sat back and waited for our first dish to arrive, the staff offered their complimentary crispy noodles with duck sauce and spicy mustard. Soon after the crispy noodles came a house specialty, crab and sweet corn soup. Unbeknownst to Tommy, this is one of my favorite Chinese soups. With a dash of white pepper and some crispy noodles to mix in, the bowl was bone dry before I knew it.
Following the soup, my guest and I enjoyed some of their Dim Sum, combined with their salt and pepper fried squid, and one of their specialties, crawfish lettuce wraps. The squid was fried to a golden brown and seasoned delicately. The lettuce wraps stole the spotlight at this stage of the meal. The crawfish was combined with a vegetable stir-fry and some crushed pistachios, giving the wraps an extra delicious crunch to them. The wraps were served with a hoisin sauce to drizzle over as you popped each individual wrap into your mouth.
As I finished the final sip of my cocktail, I was inclined to try another with our entrees. Their “Ooh La La” martini consisted of basil organic vodka mixed with pineapple and cucumber puree, finished off with baked apple bitters. Just as I take my first sip, the entrees are placed on the table. Taiwanese fried rice, lollipopped rack of lamb and red prawn awaited our taste buds. MoonStone’s style of fried rice, served with a special sweet sausage instead of roast pork gave the dish its own unique flavor. The red prawns had an incredible thin crispy layer to them as they basked in a delectable sweet and spicy sauce, surrounded by a generous portion of broccoli. The main star of the evening, though, was the rack of lamb, wok-seared and finished off with a merlot demi glaze. When they were all gone, I was salivating for more!
I was amazed with all the different dishes that were served to the guests dining. I swear I never saw the same dish go out twice, which is a testament to the quality of dishes.
With fair prices, a great atmosphere, and incredible food, this could possibly be Great Neck’s new hot-spot!