Bar, Eatery

850 Franklin Ave
Garden City, New York, 11530
United States

(516) 877-2177 | map

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Rated by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Nov 10, 2014
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This is a great place for Belgian beer and Belgian fare, particularly the mussel pots... I came here for a pot of mussels and a Belgian beer and I was delighted... Main room had some sort of party going on, so we were seated in a fairly unimpressive side table near the bar, which was initially a little off-putting, but the staff was pleasant and the food and beer are terrific. If you dig Belgian beer and seafood, you've gotta hit this joint up if you're in the area. A little pricey, sure, but Garden City is a very expensive area, so it's par for the course. Incredible menu had lunch, brunch, and dinner offerings, mostly seafood, particularly shellfish, and with lots of raw bar items... Great Belgian beer menu, including a tripel brewed for them by Van Steenberge and a pilsener brewed for them by Brooklyn Beer, in addition to dozens of classic dubbels, tripels, blondes, and pales - Duvel, Piraat, Tripel Karmeliet, etc - check out their website and their beer menu for the full listing - hell, check out all their menus - great stuff across the boards (for Belgian beer and seafood fans in particular)... Totally recommended, even though our "vibe" was subdued due to the birthday party that occupied the main room and a limited our choice of seats...
Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
An absolutely excellent selection of Belgian beers, many of which are not available locally. Perhaps a bit pricey but worth it. Ambiance and lighting are not particularly good bit the crowd is low key and pleasant. I've been here many times and quite frankly the only thing I eat here are the mussels and dessert. The majority of the menu is overpriced even for Long Island, but the mussels are outstanding and reasonably priced. The service is consistently excellent. Happy Hour at the bar is a great value as they have mussels buffet style for free.
Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by Icemann383 from New York

Feb 29, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by vfgccp from New York

Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by Gkruszewski from New York

Nov 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Jlabs from New York

Oct 27, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by JoeMans from New York

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by braedon_peluso from New York

Feb 22, 2014
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Reviewed by socon67 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
A - On a Saturday night, a mix of families, craft beer drinkers, and couples out on a date. Way too dark; needed the smartphone to read the menu.

S - Wait staff was very attentive and knew their beers. All poured into proper glassware.

Sel - Over 100 belgian and belgain style beers. Maudite on tap, and they even had Cantillion. Top marks!

F - I had a fondue and moules in broth. Plenty of food, and was delicious.

V - Their beer pries are high. If you don't mind paying a premium for the selection you will love this place. I will be back, though I think you really go once or twice a year.
Sep 11, 2011
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Reviewed by bidou333 from Canada (QC)

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3
I've frequented this establishment a handful of times now and while I was very impressed the first few times I went, the last two times have not been as impressive. The terrific lobster bisque and mussels were what kept me going back but unfortunately the last two times neither of those have been as good as they were before. Both my girlfriend and I were a bit disappointed and actually thought that perhaps they changed cooks since they just didn't taste quite the same.

As for the beer...well they have a terrific Belgian selection and while at times a little bit on the pricey side, anyone looking to just sit at their bar and have a few would greatly appreciate this place. Typically each beer is served with it's own glass (even rare beers I had were served in their own branded glass) which also adds to the credibility of this place. Prices as mentioned can be a bit pricey (for example half their bomber selection is $20+ for things I can find at my local beverage store around $10) but a little knowledge about what you can and can't find in your area will quickly help you justify the cost for many of their offerings.
Jul 31, 2009
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Reviewed by SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Located in the swank downtown of Garden City, Waterzooi is definitely an upscale beer experience.

Visited on a recent biz trip to Long Island. Was a somewhat steamy evening so we were able to sit in the nice outdoor patio. Clientele was well-dressed and well-heeled, most seemed to be drinking martinis, classic cocktails or beer. Beer list leans towards Belgians, as this is a Belgian bistro. You will have probably heard of 60% of them, but many were obscure to me.

Menu is what you'd expect to find in Brussels: heavy on moules/frites dishes and fresh seafood. The moules pots were terrific - expertly prepared with bold sauces (we tried the BBQ chipotle w/fried mini-crafish tails - heavenly!). Fries were the fresh cut/double fried variety, hot & crispy, served with mayonnaise. Also had a few littelencks and bluepoints as app's which were terrific.

The beers were all spot on, served at the proper temperature in their proper glass (many with the brewery logo).

Prices were a bit high, but then again this place is an indulgence, and it's NY.

Would definitely return here again for a treat.
Jun 28, 2009
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Reviewed by erok from New York

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The draft selection is quite enjoyable. But the clientelle do not appear interested in the bar for its selection or theme. Waterzooi seems like a trendy afterwork hangout, which it needs to be to sustain such a large establishment. The food is good, but very pricey. I had the burger, which was excellent, to keep costs down.

Service is more on the "night club" end of the spectrum than the "beer advocate" end. The bartender seemed more interested in talking to the beautiful girls hanging out in the bar (of which there were many) than making sure I got the right beer. After waiting an inordinately long time for the bartender to return to my end of the bar to take my order after offering the menu, I ordered a De Koninck. I'd never had this beer before, and according to the menu it was offered on tap. Before I could stop the bar-tender, he poured me a bottle.

Beers are served in brewers' glassware, and a number of exciting offerings are available, including: Scaldis, Witkap Pater (which I'd not seen on tap before, but was fantastic), Troubadour Obscura, and Grimbergen Dubbel. For the beer advocate, I'd recommend an afternoon or weeknight visit with friends. Skip the Friday night crowd, and if alone, don't expect the staff to put much effort into enhancing your beer-tasting experience.
Nov 15, 2008
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Reviewed by plaid75 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Located on Franklin Avenue, just north of Stewart Avenue.

The interior feature a roomy restaurant seating area, an outdoor dining area and a very European style bar area.

The draft selection included Maudite, Delerium Tremens, Chimay, Hoegaarden, Kira, Hennepin, Blue Moon, Sixpoint Righteous Rye, DeKonnick, Brooklyn Abbey, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion and Blue Point Blueberry. The bottle list was impressive as well.

The happy hour fare included steamed mussels and french fries (I refuse to call them frites).
Jul 28, 2007
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Reviewed by RichThatchr from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I went to Waterzooi with the intent of just trying the Belgian ales on tap and I was warmly welcomed as if it was my second home.

Distinctly European in it's decor, the cavernous stone and glass cafe was fairly crowded, both inside and out. I found it amusing that people were dining outside in the luxurious view of...the municipal parking lot filled with over-leveraged Mercedes and BMWs. It was also apparent that the Italian place next door was more of the hot spot, but that was okay because Waterzooi was filled with great looking women and alot of great ale/beer.

After I had tasted the wonderful St. Bernardus and the pretty good Chimay, I had an entree on the side of the bar. The rack of lamb was fine and I could have easily eaten a double portion.

I skipped the last section of the meal and thought about having another goblet of ale from one of the other 20 taps I didn't try. Maybe I should note that the beer is not of the micro-brew kind, but it sufficiently covers the Trappist, Abbey, and European beers. My thoughts were primarily on the taps as the bartenders were handling them well.
Aug 06, 2006
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Being a Belgian brew and food lover I've been meaning to check this place out for awhile. Nice bar in the rear, plenty of fine Belgians on tap, including a handful beyond the typical ones to be had in the general NYC area. Bottle list also long, varied and sprinkled with some unusual selections. Didn't eat but menu was chock full of Belgian fare. Sadly the menu also was full of WINE selections , Whats up wid dat?. Me thinks this really is a fairly fancy restaurant, that happens to have a lot of Belgian beer. Not an altogether bad thing, but the athmosphere is a bit fancy schmancy, for a beer joint. The kind of place to take the wife out to for a romantic dinner, and not the place to enjoy a few brews with the guys.
Jan 12, 2005
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Reviewed by Imbiber from New York

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Act two of our double visit to the two Garden City Beerfly-listed establishments - next door to each other.

This quite laid back bar-bistro has, like its next-door-neighbour (Victory), a separate bar are in the rear and a large dining area in the front.

Belgian beers everywhere! However, it didn't have the most outstanding range on tap (i.e. I didn't see any Cantillon, Fantome, et al) but good in general apart from the common tri-tap font of ubiquitous InBev (Interbrew) gaseous liquids dominating in the middle of the bar. Some better stuff was available in bottle - though not any of the aforementioned microbreweries' products. I'll still give it 4.5 for selection though as there are one or two unusual ones.
Nov 28, 2004
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Reviewed by stegmakk from New York

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
OK...The place is a little bit on the snooty side...
I am not one for the beautiful people places...but that doesnt stop me from drinking there...just talking idley to the rest of the patrons...
service was typical...deserving of a 3 alone...but where they lost points is price...maybe service is not a good place to put it, but I think service and cost go in hand...
Selection was good...not stellar but they did have a few unique offerings besides the norm...
food the few times I have been there for lunches was really good...just as long as I could expense it on the company's account
Jan 09, 2004
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Hard time on the (dirty) Island...
It was the week of New Year's and there wasn't a lot really going on out there so I left to head back to Brooklyn a little early and well, I was terribly parched and all...
Having passed Waterzooi while driving down Franklin Avenue, I hooked a few turns and found myself in their back parking lot. Upon entering from the back lot, you find yourself in the bar, somewhat crescent shaped with a handful of tables scattered about and the room dimly lit with colored glass wand lighting and red candles on the tables. I showed up in the late afternoon and the place was pre-dinner rush dead empty which is just fine by me.
I sat at the bar and took in the taps...
2 towers with 10 each and a center piece with 3 more, 23 in all. Nearly all Belgians except for a handful of Belgian style beers (Celis White, Allagash Double & Blanche De Brooklyn). A great tap selection overall.
I don't remember what I asked for but it had kicked and the bartender told me that they replaced it with something called the Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru and insisted that I try a sample of it. Not wanting to insult, I did. Damn, that's nice, yes, I'll have one of these, please.
They had some real damn nice beers on tap otherwise, Kasteel Triple, Mardesous 6 & 8, both Leffe's, both Cosendonk's, a pair of Lindeman's (you never see the Peche on tap), Kwak, Lucifer, Maudite, Grimbergen Double, Gouden Carolus, etc.
A great bottled selection as well. Upwards of 100 bottles broken out by style (Abbeys, Trappists, Lambics, Saisons, Gueuzes...)
Pricey? I didn't think so. My Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru ran me $5.50, but a bottle of Orval ran $11. One of the other girls behind the bar insisted that I try the Gouden Carolus and threw me a sample of it. That's my kind of service.
Dinner menu, we all did apps and had the Rib Stuk entree (Petite short rib, jumbo shrimp, mushroom risotto, red zinfidel bbq demi). Food was wonderful, meat just feel off the bone. Yeah, it's all good, I'll be back.
Jan 03, 2004
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Reviewed by Denali from Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5
Went on an early Saturday evening.

They have an amazing selection of Belgian beers including 27 taps and an incredible number of bottles.

The bar is very small (perhaps 10 seats tops), as the place is really focused on the restaurant, which I heard is excellent (we only stayed at the bar). The bar is located immediately in front of the podium where the receptionist takes the names of people waiting to get a table in the restaurant (which was very crowded) and therefore functioned as an area for people have a drink while waiting to get a table. We were the only customers who were there to specifically sample the beers at the bar, which is very surprising considering their beer selection. There were some other people at the bar but they were not drinking any beer.

The bartenders were attentive and served the beer correctly (temperature and glassware). However, they took no interest in the fact that we were there to sample their beer offerings. They did not talk to us or any other patrons at the bar, and although not unfriendly, they were not sociable either. They also did not make any suggestions as to what beers for us to try.

The bar seemed more upscale and did not really seem like a bar that you can go to and hang out drinking beer. In fact, the bartender "encouraged" us to order food, even though we had already spent a considerable amount of money on beer. I felt out of place.

Note also that the beer is expensive. Very expensive. No surprise considering that the bar is located in Garden City. Using public transportation for that area is by no means easy either. Simple enough to get there - take LIRR to Mineola and get a taxi. But when trying to leave, the taxi company said to wait "at least one half hour". We gave up and ended up walking about a mile to get back to the train station.

To sum it up, the beer selection is awesome, but I was disappointed that the place is not geared towards people that come there to specifically enjoy that selection. The "bar" seemed like nothing but a place for customers to have a drink while they're waiting for a table in the restaurant. Very disappointing.

If you want to go to an excellent Belgian restaurant and have some excellent Belgian beer, then this place is highly recommended. However, if you're looking to go to a beer bar to have some excellent Belgian beer, then I do not recommend this place.
Mar 23, 2003
Waterzooi in Garden City, NY
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 20 ratings