Chef Brian Lee

Days before the Garden City Hotel would normally host its fancy-hatted annual Belmont Stakes festival in June, guests were instead toasting with to-go cups, celebrating the first week of outdoor dining’s return.

Although the hotel didn’t close during the coronavirus pandemic — traveling nurses and other essential workers stayed there during the peak — its restaurants, King Bar and Red Salt Room, conceptualized by celebrity Chef David Burke, remain temporarily closed as of press time, with catered events canceled. In place of the usual fine dining fare, Executive Chef Brian Lee has been cooking up inventive new family friendly casual menus for guests dining al fresco at the Patio Bar on the hotel’s spacious lawn.

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