A ‘Plum’ dining experience

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The steak served on a bed of hot mashed potatoes and glazed mushrooms is decadent, fragrant and rich.THE COURIER/Photo by Joanna M. Adduci
The steak served on a bed of hot mashed potatoes and glazed mushrooms is decadent, fragrant and rich.

When a restaurant has the ability to provide exceptional service, a savory seasonal menu and intimate atmosphere, it should be recognized. Plum, situated in Bayside, is the perfect date-night spot. Décor colored in deep purples, rich wood, intimate drapery – this is just the beginning of a night filled with quirky cocktails, homemade entrees and a hospitable wait staff.

The cocktail menu at Plum is anything but ordinary. Tailored to the traditional aspects of the establishment, the Apple Plum-tini is on the menu, in addition to the Plum-gasm and Cosmoplumitan. Make sure to try a Lady Bell, the ideal combination of champagne, Malibu passion and pineapple. If you’re looking for a more “classic” cocktail, ask for a Mojito or glass of the sangria. Looking for something sweet? The Plum-gasm combines Grey Goose with espresso and Baileys for a decadent dessert beverage.

Appetizers are a must at this cozy haven. Begin with the crispy calamari, lightly fried. Make sure to order the Mediterranean chopped salad – the perfect assortment of lettuce, tomato, onion, olives and feta cheese, all drizzled with a feta cheese lemon thyme dressing. If you’re looking for something different, try the sunflower crusted shrimp -light, tasty and served with a tangy plum mango salsa. The menu at Plum changes with the seasons, and integrates culinary aspects of various cultures such as Greek, Italian, American, and Portuguese — bringing the best of each cuisine to one menu.

The dinner menu includes pasta dishes, chicken, seafood, sushi, steak and burgers. Cajun Chicken New Orleans style, shrimp scampi, espresso bean crusted filet mignon, hanger steak – all share one common factor: savory, fresh food.

Owner Kostas Kantlis, believes in fresh ingredients, an inventive menu and a comfortable atmosphere. My guest and I sampled the steak served on a bed of hot mashed potatoes and glazed mushrooms. Decadent, fragrant, rich- this entrée is a wondrous combination of meat, potato and vegetable. If you’re not in the mood for meat, order the salmon. Cooked to perfection, it is light and full-flavored.

At Plum, family is an important factor. This is obvious through the ambiance that is present throughout the restaurant- a combination of locals, regular customers and impressed first-timers. If you’re looking for a location for a future event, look no further! Plum is known for its in-house events including baby showers, birthdays and even weddings. Good food, an exquisite atmosphere and professional wait staff – you will be sincerely impressed with the quality of this establishment.

Next time you’re in Bayside, visit Plum. Order a cocktail, some appetizers and an entrée, enjoy the ambiance and company of friends or family. Chat with Kostas about his family traditions, life in the restaurant industry and genuine love of food — evident through his charming restaurant on the corner of Bell Boulevard.

Plum Restaurant

47-39 Bell Boulevard

Bayside, NY 11361

718-229-7586

www.plumrestaurantny.com

Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 4 until 11 p.m.

Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. until midnight

Sunday Brunch: 11:30 a.m. until 4p.m.

Lounge Music: Friday and Saturday