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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

FTM Goes to New Garden (by Ben Petracco)

The hottest new eatery in Fort Thomas is the New Garden restaurant in the Midway district. I wanted to try the food and the environment then relay my experience onto the FTM readers. I took my cousin, Jeff, and brother, Alex, to the restaurant and between the three of us we ordered 9 plates of food. No big deal.

I wanted to get a well rounded opinion of what the New Garden had to offer so we each ordered an appetizer, an entrée, and a sushi item. Jeff’s cuisine of choice (in order of appetizer-entrée-sushi) was the shrimp egg roll, chicken lo mein, and spicy tuna roll. Alex went with the fried shrimp, sweet and sour chicken, and New York roll. I wanted to spice things up opting for the crab Rangoon, General Tso’s chicken, and spicy salmon roll. All the food was really good with ample portions, but the aspect of the menu that most impressed me was the price point.

There are only 7 items on the entire menu that are over ten dollars. The appetizers range from $1.25 to a “staggering” $6.25, and could count as meals themselves. The entrees are large portions and their prices range from $6.00 to $16.00. The sushi can be ordered a la carte or in “rolls” as a meal; its price ranges from $2.50 to $15.00.

The sushi was the standout item of my meal; the taste versus cost was outstanding. It ranked up there with the sushi I have ordered at Teak in Mt. Adams, and blew the store bought sushi, from the likes of Kroger, out of the water.

If you’re not in the mood for Far East fare, New Garden does offer a western menu which includes kid friendly offerings including hamburgers and pizza.

Now onto the aesthetics of the restaurant; it is a smaller place with about 25 tables. Alex noted the “comfyness” of the seats. Jeff enjoyed the laser light on the ceiling show during the meal: beams of light dancing across the top of customers heads, shooting in different vectors at the direction of deftly placed mirrors. New Garden does offer 2 flat screen televisions and bar seating for four.

They do offer carry out and catering. Their hours are Monday thru Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm and Sunday Noon-9:30pm and they can be reached at 781-7888 and are located at 1031 South Fort Thomas Avenue.

New Garden is an outstanding addition to the Midway District; between the three people in our party we gave it six thumbs up!


  1. My husband and I had a terrible experience at New Garden. The place is understaffed and they serve mediocre food.

    We ordered an appetizer of Crab Rangoons and when they arrived at the table, they were cold and tasted horrible; you could almost taste the hint of freezer burn mixed with the sweet filling. They arrived soggy (most likely from sitting awhile). My husband ordered a chicken dish and I hot and sour soup with a sushi roll. My soup was delivered to the table and was gross. It's watery with no flavors of sweet or sour. Disappointing. My personal motto is "If a restaurant can make a delicious soup, most likely, all their other food will be just as delicious". After one bite of this soup, I was nervous to try the dishes that were coming.

    I waited around thirty minutes for my sushi roll to be served. When the plate was put in front of me, I couldn't help but notice the large piece of whitish-green ice burg lettuce poking through the six rolls of sushi. The shrimp looked good, but that is where it ended. I have a few issues with my sushi: I've never had white lettuce crammed into my roll and I expected eight pieces (as advertised on the menu). I wasn't able to ask the waitress about the two concerns, so I went ahead and finished up my meal.

    My husband sat and watched me eat my sushi roll.. I don't think he minded though - he had a flat screen television flanked behind us the whole time. The television was loud and obnoxious - lots of shooting, fighting scenes, etc.. I'm sure he enjoyed it, but I surely didn't. I, along with others sitting near us, were obviously annoyed.

    The only highlight of the meal was my hubby's chicken dish. I don't remember the exact name (he's partial to General Tso, so it might be that one). The serving was huge, the chicken crisp and the sauce, although thin, was sweet and tangy.

    I really had hopes for a new restaurant in Fort Thomas, but we will not be returning to this place. I've been to far better places that take pride in making homemade Chinese food.

    If you drive a little bit further, you should try Gourmet Wok in Highland Heights. Their service is outstanding and their food is delicious and FRESH!

    "New" Garden? I think not.

  2. I have heard from most that the food is great. During dinner rush, though, their workers may try to wear too many hats and the service can be somewhat lacking.

    My personal opinion is that they are still trying to integrate into our community and society and hopefully the new restaurant "kinks" will be worked out.

    I believe the food is really good, and the service can be improved. I'll definitely be going back and have high hopes for New Garden.

  3. I visited New Garden last night for dinner. All I can say is that it was the best Chinese I have eaten in a long time! The cashew shrimp dish was excellent. There were at least 10 pieces of shrimp and they were large ones. The spicy tuna roll was also great. At the end of the meal, they give you the cutest little orange to top off your meal. I also have high hopes for them and have talked to many people who are very impressed with their food. I have not had a negative comment at all. I wish them luck!

  4. Food is good/great. It's not Oriental Wok, but neither are the prices. For the cost it's really good Chinese food. It will stay in business because it appeals to most of the demographics of Fort Thomas. Congrats to New Garden.
    Personally I wish it was better quality and more expensive, but an upscale Chinese restaurant like Oriental Wok wouldn't stay in business in the Midway or anywhere else in Fort Thomas. Let's be thanksful for what we have there!

  5. My husband and I have eaten take out from New Garden two times already. It's much better than the Chinese take-out down in Newport. I just hope this doesn't turn into another bar atmosphere. I have not been inside, but I hope it is smoke-free! And the prices are extremely reasonable.

  6. 你们好。I'm a Chinese.I went there last week,and I'm pretty sure,they serve real Chinese food.It takes time to be a good chinese restaurant in U.S.I believe they will try their best to serve you. fei

  7. Their food is terrible. I love Chinese food, and I left without finishing my meal. I did not, however, try their sushi.

    It is buffet quality food at best. Not to mention that I went in for lunch and it took nearly an hour and a half to get in and get out. Agree with the first review 100%


    For the person who compared it to the one in Newport, it has the same owners. Which wouldn't / shouldn't surprise people.

    the chinese buffet by Kroger blows that place out of the water, and the Thai place by Lowes is, in my opinion, as good as Teak @ half the price.

  8. I love this place good food great price and right by a really nice park and great neighborhood I live 1/2 a mile from here love it