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May 16, 2008 09:29 PM

Garden City, LI - Jin East and Fanelli Pastry?

Anyone know about these two places on Franklin Ave?

Jin East looks just about done. Could get a glimpse, looks nice. Sushi and sake.

Fanelli, Franelli...don't remember. Says "Since 1985" Gelato, Pastry, Cafe. Just has a coming soon sheet of paper blocking all windows, but the logo looked good (yes, but it's all there is right now).

Anyone know anything?


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  1. It's a bit of a drive north, but you may want to give Hunan Taste in Greenvale a try. My favorite Chinese in the area. Good luck!

    1. Leonetti's is a high quality Italian bakery-gelatoria on Glen Cove Road, about 3 blocks north of Northern Boulevard. It looks like they will be opening a branch on Franklin Avenue in Garden City...not good for my waistline! Unless they broaden their menu to include lunch items (not likely), they may have a bit of a problem appealing to the primarily business-oriented crowd at lunchtime. But, I sure hope they succeed. I also wonder whether they will do the baking in the new Garden City location or merely transport it in from their other location...that could make a difference too. As for "Jin East", it is a bit of a puzzlement, since there is already "Sushiya" right across the street. You have to wonder what their thinking is...time will tell.

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      1. re: ForkinMouth

        By the way, any reports yet on the new Italian restaurant "PastaVino" about 1/2 mile north of Jin East/Leonetti's, on Mineola Boulevard? What does their lunch menu look like?

        1. re: ForkinMouth

          Yes.Leonetti. Thanks.

          Jin East looks more "high end" maybe better quality. Sake bar is noted on the rear door. Who knows. I care for Sushi Ya less and less.

          PastaVino is the same owner as Maxxel's on Jericho in Mineola. Third paragraph in May 14th Dining review section of Newsday.

          1. re: GCGuy

            Looked up Leonetti in Greenvale. While it makes sense, I have a couple of questions. 1) Seems like this started in 2000, while the GC paper in the window says specifically Since 1985 and 2) I don't think the logos look the same.

            Anyone know?

            1. re: GCGuy

              Ok, so it is the same people as in Greenvale. Excellent.

              They said they plan to open in 2 weeks. Aggressive, so we'll see.

              1. re: GCGuy

                Also,, on 7th...

                Old Smokey's for rent sign and storefront sign are down. Heard that the building owner wanted to open his own restaurant. Anyone know?

                The old Food Basket will be yet another grocer...Natural Market...produce along with organic products. Hope it's good.

        2. re: ForkinMouth

          Leonetti Bakery actually did just that. Not only do they have a fine selection of pastries, they plan on offering a selection of italian panini's to target the business-oriented crowd at lunchtime. You can see the sandwich station through the window. Its 100% the same owner for the record, I ran into him walking on franklin ave.