Belgian-Style Restaurant Waterzooi Opens in Port Washington

Specializes in muscles, Belgian beer and more in a sophisticated atmosphere.

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Photo: Waterzooi Facebook page.

Waterzooi has opened a new location in Port Washington featuring Belgian-style food. The Garden City location has been serving up their specialty of muscles pots -  what they describe as mussels served with frites and mayonnaise - for more than 20 years. This new location allows more Long Islanders to get familiar with Belgian cooking. The menu features plenty of seafood.


Starters include grilled octopus and crispy pork belly ($23) which comes with baby potatoes, kalamata olives, crispy capers, and spicy romesco. They also have fondue ($18) with farmhouse ale, gouda, gruyère, apples, grapes, and baguette. Or try the roasted bone marrow ($18).


Photo: Waterzooi Facebook page.


The muscle dishes seem endless and not surprising since it’s a specialty and they claim to have served over 4 million Pounds of Mussels to date. The waterzooi ($33) comes with smoked salmon, creamy tarragon, in a champagne broth. The bouillabaisse ($38) has shrimp and lobster, in a saffron tomato crab broth. Farmhouse Ale ($33) includes north country smoked bacon, oven dried tomatoes, in a creamy farmhouse ale broth. They even have a paella ($42) with shrimp, little necks, crawfish, chorizo, chicken and rice in a saffron crab broth.


The Port Washington dessert menu isn’t up yet but they do say they have a waffle bar, which sounds tempting.


The beer menu claims to have the largest selection of Belgian beer on Long Island.


Photo: Waterzooi Facebook page.


Right now their Port Washington location is only open for dinner.


So far, the reviews are stellar and the crowd is quickly growing.


“I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Waterzooi in Port Washington,” wrote Kevin D. of Freeport on Yelp. “Apparently they recently opened and the one in Garden City has been consistently amazing for the last 20+ years.”


Melissa T. from Long Island City, Queens loved her entire experience.


“Beautiful decor, attentive staff, and the food is so so good,” she wrote. “The tuna tartare is a must try, for the entree we tried the sole, Zalm Salmon, and Thai mussel pot with frites. All were really good and well balanced flavors. The waiter was super friendly and engaging at all times. We will be back soon.”


Location: 1029 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington, (516) 472-7484.