Restaurants »Bahari Estiatorio

31-14 Broadway, Astoria

The first thing you need to know about Bahari Estiatorio is that it used to be called Stamatis (and is listed as such on line) but it’s the same well reviewed restaurant, so no need to panic if you make the trip out there and find it missing.

It’s really hard to go wrong with Greek food in queens but fortunately that doesn’t mean that they’re all cookie cutter replicas of each other. Each place we’ve been seems to offer something unique and in Bahari’s case it’s a flavorful dried sausage appetizer unlike any that I’ve had. At it’s worst Greek sausage can be oily and a tad bland but this was anything but.

Among our other shared appetizers (a great way to sample lots of good stuff) were more stand out dishes: a fresh feta tomato salad, a baked feta and pepper casserole, a tender grilled octopus (more mildly flavored than I prefer), and a huge pita and spread plate with the usual suspects: my favorite taramasalata, tzatziki, and babaganoush as well as less familiar potato and garlic and cheese spreads.

The staff is friendly, even picking Van up for a hug, though the atmosphere is a bit forgettable.
The meal was quite memorable though and a perfect stop before heading over to the Museum of Moving Image. Plus, a parking lot is right next door which is great in the hard to park area.

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Posted on September 12, 2011

Recipes »Lamb Burgers

lamb burgersPhew, there's no getting around the heaviness of a home-made burgers but gosh, they are good. For my first Serious Eats recommended recipe I went with these with lamb burgers (adapted from Ted Allen's The Food You Want to Eat) and the zest, capers and mustard were great flavor enhancers – however, I would cut down on the oil next time, possibly even sub in some Pam.

We garnished these lively patties with think slices of fresh tomato and French Raclette cheese, which is often served abroad heated then scraped onto plates. It's very creamy and melts nicely, a nice departure from the usual sharp cheddar.

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Posted on April 13, 2009

Recipes »Shrimp with Spinach and Feta

feta shrimp with spinachEven though I got the recipe for this Shrimp with Spinach and Feta from an article about Southern foods, I took a cue from one of Queens' best Greek spots and piled on some minced garlic. The result is a fresh, light but filling meal – and Jim even ate all of his greens before I did!

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Posted on April 6, 2009