Vienna - Roslyn, NY
There are not many hot lounges on Long Island, so when one opens, it is sure to be the buzz around town. With my birthday coming up, I knew this would be the perfect place to celebrate my special day.
Vienna opened the beginning of October and took over the space formerly known as The Chalet. The Chalet was a well established restaurant in Roslyn, and when the owner was ready to sell, he looked to one of his trusted customers - Matt Prince. During my birthday dinner, we had the privilege of meeting Prince and learning how Vienna actually came to fruition.
Prince worked in the bar/restaurant industry for many years. The first bar he owned was Bogart's by Hofstra University. Bogart's was the place to be back in the day. (I may have visited a dozen or so times!) Although he enjoyed working in the industry, Prince decided to take a break to focus on becoming a full-time dad. With his kids being older, and the owner of The Chalet ready to hand over the keys, Prince knew this was the perfect time to get back in the industry and opened Vienna.
Vienna gets its namesake from Prince’s favorite musician – Billy Joel. He has attended 22 shows and Billy Joel holds a very special place in his heart. When he was deciding what to name his new restaurant, Vienna was the perfect choice.
The menu at Vienna consists of small plates and light bites meant for sharing. When Prince created the menu, he made sure to keep it simple and concise. Instead of serving quantity, Prince focuses on quality. Chef Falgiano, formerly from Barrique, effortlessly combines classic dishes from The Chalet and new innovative creations for Vienna.
When it was time to order, I literally wanted every single dish on the menu! Thankfully, there were 5 of us, so we were able to order quite a bit and sample many of the options. Some of the dishes are classic – tuna tacos, shrimp and polenta, chicken dumplings, but then there are some really innovative dishes as well. Believe it or not – one of our most memorable dishes was a pretzel! Chef Falgiano takes a soft pretzel and fills it with brie. The saltiness from the pretzel combined with the buttery brie was amazing on its own but then Chef Falgiano serves it with a side of fig jam that adds a wonderful fruity element. Whether the dishes were classic or innovative, they were all presented beautifully and Chef Falgiano hit every flavor profile perfectly.
After dinner, we headed into the lounge, which was really the main reason we came to Vienna. The lounge is beautifully decorated with crystal chandeliers and white chic couches. It's like being in the city without having to deal with all the traffic!
Vienna is the trendiest place to open on Long Island in quite a while. Go there for the food, grab a drink and then chill in the lounge. It's the perfect all inclusive night out!