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What is The Gran Luxe Cafe in Garden City, LI?

FoxyWiles Mar 4, 2007 06:36 PM

It's huge and gaudy and in the middle of a parking lot. I am assuming it's like Cheesecake Factory meets Jillians (as in the same food and the same stereotypical Long Island crowd). Am I right? What's the deal with it?

  1. byrd Mar 5, 2007 03:25 AM

    you hit it right on the head, it is a subsidiary of the cheesecake factory. actually if you go sit at the bar it's pretty good for a beer and a burger. if your idea of fun is waiting an hour with a pager in your hand for a table then go for it.

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    1. re: byrd
      FoxyWiles Mar 5, 2007 05:58 PM

      What's the menu like? Is it as extensive as The Cheesecake Factory's (complete with ads)?

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      MKS Mar 5, 2007 04:03 PM

      You basically answered your own question.

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        Scribbler Mar 6, 2007 07:04 AM

        Yes, it's fun, and crowded. If you can make it there for an early lunch - just before noon -you won't have to wait. Extensive menu, bread baked on premises. I've enjoyed every meal I've ever had there. Caveat to women or dieters - the appys are so big, they suffice as a meal.

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          meb903 Mar 6, 2007 11:51 AM

          ate a grand lux in FL - 2 different ones actually. they have the BEST bread! yesterday we had lunch there - we shared the Asian Nachos appetizer which was huge - we could have shared it for the main course and we shared the Crispy Tofu for main course - both were excellent. Total bill for 2 for lunch including one soft drink - $22.00. And we were stuffed - we actually did not eat the rice that came with the Tofu because we were too full. so again, when discussing this place and Cheesecake Factory - good food for the mall.

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          1. re: meb903
            FoxyWiles Mar 6, 2007 08:34 PM

            What's the bread like? Because I love authentic baguettes and fresh bread loaves from Whole Foods. But I'm not going to go to a restaurant based on bread. I'm a girl that enjoys Legal Seafood or Panera or the drive to Waterzooi or nothing (I won't even take free samples from the food court).

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            Scribbler Mar 7, 2007 05:50 AM

            FWIW - I only have home-baked bread in my house. The first time he went to Grand Lux, my husband tasted the bread and said "this is REAL bread" - meaning just like he gets at home. The bread is a highlight, but there are plenty of things to enjoy on the menu. If you feel in a wicked mood, order the beignets for dessert. They come out hot with chocolate, raspberry, and Jack Daniels sauce on the side!!

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