Opinion

The new village proprietor Patty Giannakakis visited with The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary to introduce her unique store, which has brought old-world charm back to Farmingdale. The Victorian Tea Room at 222 Main St. in Farmingdale is located in the back of Tallulah's Gift Basket Store or has its own doorway entrance from the back parking lot next to Moby Drugs. Either way, when walking into the finely decorated tea room each customer is transported back in time to a tranquil time when sipping tea was the height of relaxation.

Victorian Tea Room proprietor, Patty Giannikakis, is introduced to the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary by two of her best customers, Carol Ross, right and Tina Diamond.

Giannakakis modeled the tea room after the Cracker Barrel restaurants where customers could browse through the general store items in the gift shop before sitting down to eat.

"You can browse through the basket shop or at the unique décor throughout the tea room before sitting down for lunch or dinner," she said. "My nephew had a lot of ideas for decorating the tea room. After he died of leukemia I decorated the walls with lots of angels so he is always with me."

The menu is varied with different choices of organic tea served in pretty china teacups for a typical English lunch such as quiche, finger sandwiches or soup and salad. Dinners are more traditional such as New York strip steak and homemade meatloaf. Beverages such as ice tea, soda and lemonade can be ordered with any meal.

"I do all the baking for desserts," she said, which includes Victorian specialty scones with her homemade whipped cream, southern style bread pudding and an assortment of decadent desserts. "The food appeals to all appetites," she said. "The gentlemen from the Village cigar store drop in and order cheese platters and omelettes."

"Running a business is a lot harder than I thought," she said, "especially trying to keep your head above the float. It's difficult but I'm not a quitter." Giannikakis attended the LI Academy of Culinary School and Nassau College cooking courses.

The Victorian Tea Room is closed on Mondays, and opened for luncheon Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tarot card reader, Fran, is available on Thursday evening from 5 to 9 p.m.


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