Onyx Restaurant, Williston Park - anybody?
So a whiles back I went to this place called Onyx, supposedly a 'hot' new restaurant in Williston Park. It was written up in newsday as one of the best of 2006 so i figured i'd give it a shot.
Now don't get me wrong, the food was good, they had a nice drink list, but it was almost eerie...I believe it ws a Thursday evening at around 7:00 p.m...me and my date were the ONLY ones in there. No exaggeration, the only two people...and the owner...who was our host, waiter, bartender, busser...and quite possibly...our chef (he disappeared for about 20 minutes after taking our order only to resurface with our food).
For some reason this memory has never left me as remarkably odd....does ANYBODY know about this place, or was I the only one that got Newsday that day?
You don't have to worry about it, the restaurant has closed. It seems like the location has been the kiss of death for a long time now. Yes, people complain about the valet parking situation, but when the restaurant is good, people don't complain. Matteo's on northern Willis Ave (actually Mineola Avenue) has a similar parking situation, and no one complains. Restaurants that cater to the locals, which is really not what Onyx did, have been successful for years. TR's has been on the same corner, 2 blocks away, for at least 30 years now. There are 2 newer restaurants that have loyal following, Ivy Cottage and Oliver Bon Dinant, however neither are the size of Onyx.
All I can add is that I used to work for the Village of WP and the residents were always complaining about the valet parking situation there and how dangerous it is, i.e., having people stop their cars for valet on Hillside Avenue, which is only two lanes to begin with and very busy. It didn't sound like a situation that would be good for business.
I for one, will NEVER eat in a restaurant that is empty. In fact, when my husband and I were dating, it used to annoy him no end! I can't thing of many more depressing things than eating in an empty restaurant :)