The roof is on fire at Mint

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Sure, you can eat, drink and dance surrounded by four walls and a ceiling. But where’s the adventure in that? At Mint Restaurant and Lounge in Garden City you’ll have the chance to drink and dine both inside and out, maximizing your enjoyment of this reputable Indian restaurant and elegant party spot no matter what the weather.

Upon walking through the tall glass doors, Mint greets you with a classic yet contemporary ambiance. The tastefully designed interior and soft, but noticeable music add to the relaxing vibe. Mint’s menu includes mouth-watering dishes like Shrimp Malabaar, shrimp cooked in coconut with white wine sauce and more traditional dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala, cubes of Tandoori Chicken cooked in a special tomato sauce. Aside from the wide variety of meats on the menu, there is a page dedicated to vegetarian cuisine and executive chef and co-owner Gary Sikkar promises a new seafood section coming in the fall. While the food alone could keep you more than satisfied, head to the rooftop if you really want to experience what makes Mint special.


Mint provides the only rooftop kitchen with live cooking on Long Island. Add to that the warm breeze, sexy atmosphere and fun-loving crowd and Mint’s rooftop quickly becomes the one of the best outdoor hangouts on Long Island.

According to Mr. Sikkar, Mint provides the only rooftop kitchen with live cooking on Long Island. Add to that the warm breeze, sexy atmosphere and fun-loving crowd and Mint’s rooftop quickly becomes the one of the best outdoor hangouts on Long Island.

The spacious and airy roof lounge is centered by a bar offering a full selection of beer, wines, liquors and mixed drinks. And who can resist the white-linen draped alcoves around the perimeter of the rooftop, featuring comfortable sofas made for lounging? These hideaway booths are ideal for an intimate conversation with a date or a semi-private party with a group of friends. Meanwhile, a live DJ keeps the party popping with your favorite tracks on Thursdays and Sundays. Please note: on those days you must be 21 years of age to enjoy the rooftop.

Partnered owners Gary Sikkar and Sanjay Goyal opened Mint one year ago after its eight-year-old Midtown location continued to show much success. “There were several requests from our Long Island customers to open a location on Long Island.” Sikkar said. When the time was right, he was happy to be able to respond to the demand. The opening of Mint’s Garden City location also allowed for Mr. Sikkar to be one step closer to his personal goal of popularizing Indian food throughout New York. At the same time, he provides an atmosphere that is unique on Long Island and a great spot for adventurous diners to enjoy some good food and good times.

Mint Restaurant and Lounge
1 Ring Rd.

West Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 307-8677
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Mon-Wed & Sun, 11:30am-10:30pm; Thurs, 11:30am–11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am–12am

photo: Peter Regan

  • photo: Peter Regan

  • photo: Peter Regan

  • photo: Peter Regan

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