Basil Cafe Restaurant

413 Lake Ave, St James, NY 11780, USA

About Basil Cafe Restaurant

4.8 / 5 from reviews

Basil Cafe Restaurant opened in 2017, but our story goes back further than that. We started out as a tiny cafe and had famous dishes that earned us a household name in the North Shore area. Our saffron chicken and Soltani kebabs were called "hidden gems."

Our chef, Ray Akhlaghi, purchased our present location and added lots of improvements to what was previously known as the St. James Zar Cafe. Ever since then, we've been preparing tremendous Persian-Mediterranean food to our guests who keep coming back for more.

Our Address
413 Lake Ave, St James, NY 11780, USA

Navid Vafaei
November 17, 2020

Really wonderful cozy atmosphere and great food. BYOB pro tip: the liquor store just down the street will give you a discount if you tell them you are going to Basil. Highly recommended for all tastes and occasions.

Ed C
November 16, 2020

I’m not a big Persian food person. But this was very good. Filling and tasty, there was a love in the food that you don’t get everywhere. We got our entrees “jeweled” which I highly recommend. Everything tasted homemade and the menu was very diverse. To have rice as a side dish sounded underwhelming, but it was INCREDIBLE. We will DEFINITELY be going back. This place is amazing!

Jen Strano
May 12, 2021

Service *and* food were both excellent! Loved my entree of fresh Chilean Sea Bass with the Basmati rice---get the topping!

Sonia Vergara-Lucenti
February 07, 2021

Omg!! We went yesterday for the first time and it was wonderful. I totally loved the experience. We went to celebrate our anniversary and that my sister is in town. The owner Aria she is very nice and she provides an excellent service. Actually since she knew it was our anniversary after we ordered cake, she wrote happpy anniversary for us. I strongly recommend this place to everyone who wants to have a romantic and very warm dinner at a great and friendly atmosphere

Natalia Ilina
June 05, 2021

I would like to thank you for the pleasant service and delicious food. The owners are so nice and it was such a great evening! Today my friends and I had dinner together. Our choice for dinner: - Sauteed Eggplant, topped with crushed walnuts and caramelized onion with pita bread. -Zereshk Polo and Zereshk Polo with tofu. I took a small piece of tofu to try and the taste pleasantly surprised me, it was delicious! My vegetarian friend also really liked it. - Basil Special (a combination of Joojeh & Barg) it was my choice, and It was very tasty! If you are very hungry, I recommend choosing this dish. We also ordered dessert, but only one for all, because we were full and there was almost no room for dessert. It was Apple Blossom with ice cream! Yummy! And one more small and pleasant detail that I liked is the simple and elegant tableware. I would recommend everyone go there and make reservations too.

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