• Samantha Balkaran

Maiella - Restaurant Review

It's date night! And what's better than a date with the perfect guy? The PERFECT dinner!

Although it may be a little cliche doing the fancy dinner for Valentine's day, I'm still a huge sucker for the glitz, glam and cutesy LOVE that encompasses Valentine's Day. And this year we decided on the beautiful and highly satisfying restaurant -- Maiella.

Located in Long Island City, NY, the restaurant itself has a romantic feel the minute you walk in. And if you thought the dimly lit, candle-adorned tables weren't enough to set the mood, the beautiful New York City skyline as your view right across the river from the restaurant tops it all!

On this night, the restaurant offered a pre-fix Valentine's menu, and everything that was offered was delicious. Of course we made reservations, as I expected the venue to be busy. And there was no wait time when we arrived. Our table was ready and waiting right for us.

The first course, we opted for a shrimp with potato and goat cheese plate, and a prosciutto and goat cheese plate with fig jam. Both well prepared, fresh, and perfect to share between two or to enjoy on your own!

What was great about the restaurant itself, there was no wait time! Our meals arrived shortly after our table was cleared. We went for a short ribs and polenta meal, and lamb chops with cheesy potatoes and eggplant. Both meals were well prepared and the meats were fork-tender. Full of flavor and with the presentation being eye-catching, there was no question that both meals were devoured!

And I have to say dessert took the cake, literally! Although I don't consume much dairy for dietary reasons, I couldn't help myself by ordering the homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh berries and vanilla syrup. You could just taste the true flavors bursting through every bite! Of course I didn't finish my dessert, but it was worth every bite!

Maiella offers a variety of Italian cuisine, perfect for sharing or having on your own. The food was delicious with every bite, the atmosphere was aesthetically pleasing, and the staff was very attentive and helpful. I don't think I've ever met another waiter who was more well-informed about the food and drink menu!

A must try if you're looking for a cute spot for date night or special event!


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