Agnanti: Worth the Trip to Astoria


Mar 15th, 2009, 08:06 PM
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Agnanti: Worth the Trip to Astoria

Sunday afternoon, with three first-timers, Joy and I re-visited this bustling Greek restaurant next to Astoria Park in Queens, almost directly under the Hell's Gate Bridge. Five of us dined heartily for a little over $40 a person, tax and tip included. That also includes two-and-a-half carafes of house wine at $18/kg (yes, kg; it's sold on the menu by weight, a first for us; it's about a liter).

Great grilled octopus; fresh and garlicky tzatziki; a wonderful Greek salad of winter tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives and Feta, excellent tomatokeftedes (tomato and herb croquettes), and a terrific grilled Portabello mushroom comprised our shared appetizers.

For our entrées, also shared, we selected grilled red snapper, filleted tableside without ceremony; melt-in-your-mouth lamb stew; rooster and Greek pasta in a cinnamon-hinted, very light tomato sauce; a moussaka with just the right amount of Bechamel sauce on top; and a fabulous pastichio, with garlicky roasted potatoes. Oh, did I mention garlic?

A comped assortment of honey cakes, plus some sweet Greek coffee finished things up. We couldn't have asked for friendlier, more accommodating service. It's no wonder this place is so popular.
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May 17th, 2009, 09:32 AM
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Sounds excellent! Thanks for the tip.
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May 17th, 2009, 07:30 PM
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yummy! we're of Greek origin - would love to try some greek food when we visit NY city!
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May 18th, 2009, 03:13 PM
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I heartily endorse Burt's report on Agnanti - in fact we introduced him and Joy to it some time ago. They also have a place in Bay Ridge - also top rate.
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