A hidden gem in Hicksville is home to quite a sophisticated menu. West East Bistro is fairly new to the area and brings a realm of eating that Nassau County has been missing. This farm-to-table style bistro brings grass-fed beef, locally grown produce and fresh vegetarian and gluten-free fare to the plates of its patrons.
The vibe when you walk in is certainly not typical to your Long Island restaurant. Painted in warm colors, it evokes a calm, inviting atmosphere, and the walls are adorned with unexpectedly cool portraits of influentials like John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Teresa, to name a few. A hostess greets you upon arrival and allows you to take a seat wherever you please...though a window seat is usually prime, the view of 107 isn't exactly desirable – but you're here for the food not the view so any seat will do.
Drinks are the usual place to start and West East doesn't disappoint with their selection of wines, craft beers (including GF options) and cocktails. If you're looking for something refreshing and non-alcoholic try one of their many fresh made lemonade options. Unlike most restaurants, soda isn't even an option here! Opt for the mango, strawberry or regular lemonade and you will not be disappointed.
At West East Bistro a large majority of the menu is vegetarian, and about 90% gluten-free. If you suffer from celiac or gluten sensitivity the menu will absolutely delight your senses with offerings of crab cakes, sandwiches and Asian grass-fed beef burgers with gluten-free buns. For those who don't eat gluten-free – you won't even taste the difference, it's that good. And lest we not forget dessert, seemingly the most important meal from a dining out experience – ALL desserts are gluten-free. While it may be fun to share dessert, the “warm n fuzzy” chocolate cake is quite delicious but a little bit small for 2 if you're greedy with your chocolate.
Good to know: To add to the ambiance, there is live music on Fridays and Saturdays starting at about 6:00pm. West East Bistro partners up with Groupon to offer a taste of the menu at a can't-be-beat price!
West East Bistro is located at 758 S. Broadway in Hicksville. For more information and a view at the menus visit westeastbistro.com.
Photo: Maggie Peikon