Agnanti Meze the romantic Greek restaurant over-looking Astoria Park expanded to a second location in Brooklyn in 2006 (a reader informed me when this actually happened). I went to the location in my neighborhood in Astoria and noticed the staff sporting new brightly colored orange t-shirts with ‘Agnanti Meze’ stitched on them. The traditional Greek eatery seems to be gearing their menu towards tapas dishes. Sauntering in on a warm Saturday evening, my dining partner and I were once again pleased with the provisions we ordered. Agnanti consistently supplies hungry diners with succulent park-side Greek cuisine. Settling into the rustic restaurant we started our smorgasbord with grilled octopus, a greek favorite blackened to perfection. We washed it down with some red wine and taramosalata, a delicious tangy carp roe spread. Next on our palates was the tyrokeftedes sifnou or the cheese and herb croquets that are fried in a crispy shell and filled with hot cheese and herbs. The next dish is the simple and hearty lima bean creation hailing from Constantinople, fasolia plaki. Baked in olive oil and diced vegetables, this dish resembles the regional peasant fare. No matter what your picky taste buds had you thinking as a youth, your inner child will embrace this lima bean concoction. You will feel right at home in this semi-upscale restaurant when the waitstaff greets you in thick Greek accents and pleasantly guide you along the menu. Agnanti in Astoria serves lunch and dinner with outside seating available.
Agnanti– 19-06 Ditmars Blvd , Astoria – (718) 545-4554 & 7802 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11209 718-833-7033
Oktoberfest and Queens Restaurant Week create a feeding frenzy this month. To add to the gourmet adventures, here are some more events I picked up from Eating in Translation a wonderful blog about food from in and around NYC and the rest of the world…
St. Nicholas Greek Festival
Continues Friday, October 9, 6:00 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-8:00 p.m.
Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas, 196-10 Northern Blvd., Flushing, Queens
Music, games, shopping, and food from both Greece and Cyprus; free admission
Diwali Mela, Jackson Heights
Sunday, October 11, 1:00-6:00
74th St. between Roosevelt and 37th Aves., Jackson Heights, Queens
Diwali Mela, Flushing
Sunday, October 11, 3:00-6:00
Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
Family Corner Diner (2102 31st St corner of 21st Ave & Ditmars (718) 204-7915 Astoria, Queens)
Diners don’t get much better than this. Family Corner is a Queens diner but minus the bad service, sketchy servers, mediocore food, menu too extensive to navigate, and late night drunks. The food here, mostly consisting of NYC diner staples, is great. Admittedly I haven’t tried all the menu, but the mushroom/feta omelette, chicken fingers (the best I’ve ever had), and soups stand out. They have scrumptious-looking daily specials that I’ve yet to try. From the cozy, small dining area to the friendly, very efficient staff this place stands out in the sea of Astoria diners. Be aware, those with the midnight munchies will be out of luck. Family Corner is open during normal restaurant hours.
Mezzo Mezzo (31-29 Ditmars Blvd) dishes out fine authentic Greek cuisine in a rustic atmosphere. The spacious interior is constructed with wooden beams, floors and ceilings for a truly homespun experience. This restaurant features a raw bar and a satisfactory wine selection. This two story establishment on Ditmars blvd also hosts private parties and public belly dancing. Arrive on a Wednesday or Saturday night around 10pm for dinner and a bottle of wine . By the time you’re finishing your keftedes kebob topped with rice or stuffed veal, you’ll be serenaded with live world music and a belly dancer. After that, who needs to order dessert?Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )