Seasons 52 – Healthy Dining in Queens

This one is for those who live near Garden City, NY or are venturing out to Roosevelt Field Mall to shop for a prom dress. Because there is a new restaurant in that part of town that blows other choices straight out of the water.

Seasons 52 is an upscale eatery that focuses on seasonal food. The menu totally changes 4 times a year and nothing on the whole menu is over 450 calories. Not the burgers, not the pizzas, not even the desserts.

Clearly, I was expecting food that tasted like cardboard or plates that were the size of postage stamps.

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The first feel of the restaurant is business casual – like a P.F. Chang’s. It definitely feels corporate, but not at all cheesy.

Ripe Plum Tomato Flatbread with fresh basil, roasted garlic and melted Parmesan cheese

This flatbread, more tender than crisp, is a tasty starter. The toppings are incredibly fresh and high quality, with juicy tomatoes, sharp Parmesan cheese, and plenty of very fresh basil. Though the bread itself could be crisper, the result is light but still flavorful. It is excellent for whetting the appetite.

Sushi-Grade Ahi Tuna Seared Rare sliced and served chilled with Asian cucumber salad and sesame crisps

One of the best dishes of the day. Expertly seared ahi, smoky on the outside and mild and tender on the inside, it is soft and lush as truly fresh tuna is. The cucumber salad, fragrant with sesame oil and spicy with ginger, is a worthy counterpart, as are the crispy sesame wontons. This is a great example of how healthy food doesn’t mean fake ingredients or tiny portions – this is a great portion that, with a side dish, could easily be a full meal.

Buffalo Burger with guacamole, roasted pepper salsa and spicy chili sour cream

I had never had a buffalo burger before and I was pleasantly surprised by how satisfying it was. Buffalo has a really mild taste, and when cooked to a pleasing medium rare, it is tender and lighter tasting than a beef burger. Because of its mild taste, it takes well to the creamy guacamole, spicy salsa, and smoky sour cream topping. Best of all, it tastes like an indulgent burger without any of the guilty feeling afterwards. I won’t lie, I was definitely craving some fries with this, but I made do with a side salad.

Caramelized Sea Scallops grilled and served with roasted asparagus and tomato-mushroom pearl pasta

A  generous serving of sea scallops with a nicely charred crust concealing barely opaque insides – cooked gently so they are not rubbery or fishy. The accompanying asparagus and Israeli couscous is light and herbal, a good accompaniment to the buttery shellfish.

Dessert Sampler

Seasons 52 claims to have popularized the “dessert-in-a-shotglass” that has been popularized all over the country, and they do it well. The Key Lime PIe has a buttery crust, tangy cream filling, and rich whipped cream topping, and the Chocolate Peanut Butter is a PB cup in mousse form. The deserts are tiny but very rich – an ideal ending to an excellent meal.

This place would be ideal for a bridal shower or a lunch date with your mom. Why? Because the menu is huge, varied, and well priced. Teh setting is lovely, the cocktail and wine list is extensive, and the food is so tasty that you won’t believe that it’s so healthy.

It’s so great, it almost me want to go shopping at a suburban mall on the weekend so I can go eat there again.

And that’s really saying something!

*Disclaimer: I did not pay for my meal. I was not required to write about it and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

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Comments

  1. Yvo says:

    It’s cute how you think this is in Queens ;)

    I really enjoyed the food here – it was all flavorful and really, filling without even noticing the calories were reduced!

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