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Zen Pavilion (Little Neck)

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Zen Pavilion (Little Neck)

Richard H. | Jun 14, 2001 11:43 PM

I ate at Zen Pavilion tonight (251-15 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, 718-281-1500).

It is a vegetarian restaurant and is a virtual clone of Zen Palate. One of the servers even confided that the chef came from Zen Palate. The wait staff is very solicitous.

The austere store front is done Zen Palate style. The large dining room is surprisingly beautiful. Steamed vegetarian dumplings had a tasty filling but the thick dough and lukewarm temperature detracted. Combination plates averaging about $9.00 included a main course, two "spring rolls" (which appeared to be a fried wrapper around mashed taro root) and brown rice. It was a good value. The food itself is absolutely on the same level as Zen Palate (at least the Westbury location as I have not been to the city ones). Vegetarian food uses a whole different lingo (e.g. gluten puffs, fried soy protein, etc.) so I'm not quite sure what I ate. It was basically stir-fry dishes meant to resemble takeout chinese. However, there was a greater variety of vegetables used and they were of a noticeably higher quality than standard takeout.

All in all, it was a pleasurable experience and I plan on returning. (BTW, I took my kids there and the place is kid-friendly and large-group friendly).

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