Went to Astoria this Sunday to celebrate Greek Easter with my family. It has been years since I dined here as I recently moved to P.Slope from Manhattan.
It is supposed to be one of the more"upscale" of the Greek restaurants in Astoria. THe decor was v.simple,and elegant, not the usual Astoria restaurant design- peach colored walls, skylight in the back of the restaurant and reliefs on the walls.
We began with the magyritsa(lamb brain soup) which was "how it should be" according to Grandma. I won't touch it. I had the grilled baby octopus, which was charred )not burnt) and marinated in balsamic. The octopus was tender and tasty, and would have been perfect with a bit less balsamic. I prefer to get the full effect of the fish flavor and not have it drowning in a sauce. My husband had the laconika(greek sausage) grilled with olive oil -this was bit salty but had a sumptous flavor. We also shared a huge Greek salad ( simple, tangy feta cheese and the tomatoes were like summer tomatoes-no white inside, rich flavor).
Of course we all had the traditional main course -lamb. Full of flavor,marinated in the standard greek marinades-lemon, garlic oregano,s&p. The only disappointment was that we didn't have any sliced pieces of lamb meat- I think we were given all sorts of "odds & ends" as each of the 6 pieces were on the bone.
Dessert was at home, but we did try a piece of the galotoboutiko- GREAT! Fresh creamy custard topped with crispy phyloo and syrup,but not too gooey.
Since we don't like Greek wines very much(unfortunately)we had Heineken)yes, beer!) as they were out of the California Merlot.
Service was polite but they were undersatffed- I think they had 2 waiters, actually maybe one!The Moroccoan busboy we spoke French with was friendly, and a fast worker.This was v.odd to me- Greek Easter, Greek Restaurant in Astoria(!)not enough waiters? Maybe they all called in sick to be home with yiayia(grandma) on Easter.
Anyone been here? any ideas on Greek wines- rich, full flavor?