The Grill in Forest Hills, NY- A Surprise Find in Capers, Rice, Cabbages, and Tandoori Bread

The Grill in Forest Hills, Queens classifies themselves as a Mediterranean restaurant. I guess that’s correct. They serve a combination of Greek food and Shish Kebab (which is more Middle Eastern for me). Amongst the restaurants in Forest Hills on a Saturday night, The Grill was not very busy at all. This would usually be a red flag but the dining experience turned out to be a surprise.Burratta: served over ripe grape tomatoes and fresh basil. Cutting into this burratta is an experience by itself. It felt very organic; had a lot of give and take like a woman. The ripe grape tomatoes and the basil sauce completed the dish by giving the Burratta the oil and the acidity. Octopus: fresh charcoal grilled octopus with authentic herbs and seasoning drizzled with fresh lemon and olive oil. This was acceptable. The best part, unfortunately, was not the octopus. Instead, it was the capers. The mistake is all the onions that were used and the complexity that was unnecessary for a fine ingredient like grilled octopus. You can even see it in the photo- too busy. Lamb Shish Kebab: tender chunks marinated with chef spices. Grilled to perfection on an open flame. This came with the Greek yellow rice and the red cabbage which turned out to be the best part. The lamb chunks were a little dry on the outer rings but acceptable.Seafood Bouillabaisse: Clams, mussels, shrimps, scallops in spicy beer broth in tandoori bread. Aha, there is a theme here. The best part, unfortunately, was not the seafood. Instead it was the tandoori bread. The beer broth was an interesting touch.

In summary, The Grill is worth a repeat visit because the food is decent and the restaurant is not too crowded. The service was both excellent and terrible, depending on who was paying attention to the customers.

On a side note, there was a “first date” happening next to my table. I felt awful for the guy because the girl was bored, picking at her nails, and looking into space. There was no conversation between the two. It was painful to watch. I wanted to intervene and say, “Time Out.”

This experience took place at

The Grill

107-12 70th Rd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone:(718) 544-4600

Psari Seafood Restaurant in Long Island City, NY- Extremely Fresh Seafood, Pleasing Oysters and Clams

Psari in Long Island City is a Greek seafood restaurant that offers fresh seafood and an open atmosphere. I sat at a bar with a friend for his birthday celebration. The experience is excellent until we got to the Red Snapper. This is going to be mostly a visual post because the photos will speak for the food. #FreshSeafood

Garlic Bread: On a scale of 1 to 10, this was a 5.

Mango Martini: Ketel One Vodka, mango liqueur, clear curacao, splash of lime juice. It’s an 8.

1/2 Dozen of Raw Blue Point Oysters and 1/2 Dozen of Raw Clams. This is heaven on ice.  Why Then World’s Mine Oyster,” William Shakespeare. Ten. Ten. Ten.

The aftermath of the oysters and clams. Would like more, please!

Grilled Octopus: This was a 10 for this preparation.

Shrimp Bisque: A 6.  It needed spice.

Smelts/Atherina (”Fish Fries”): Cute.  But it’s only a 6.

Horta: This is the Greek version of the greens, leafy and kale like. It’s a 7.

Red Snapper: Grilled and prepared with olive oil & fresh lemon juice. This market price was in the $20s for a 1.5 pound whole fish. It was tasteless.  The fish was fresh – you cannot fault that.  But why wouldn’t they put some salt on?

Lemon Potatoes: starchy and palatable. A 7.

Definitely recommend. The seafood is extremely fresh. You just have to figure out how to pick the right fish. Should have gone with the Bronzino or the Porgy.

This experience took place at

Psari Seafood Restaurant
32-10 36th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 786-6015

EOS Greek Cusine in Stamford, CT – My New Favorite Cusine. Opa!

EOS Greek Cusine on Summer Street in Stamford, CT has a very sophisticated interior and a detailed menu that offers the most common and popular Greek dishes. The restaurant prides itself for being a contemporary Greek restaurant that brings together freshness and simplicity that remind us of the Mediterranean. I was pleasantly surprised that they delivered exactly what they promised.

Greek cuisine has never been ranked high on my list but after this dinner, I have found a new favorite. The vegetarian moussaka was the best. So good that I took the leftover home and had it for breakfast at work the next day. I stood in front of my monitors (I was lucky enough to have a standing desk), checked emails and had this Greek lasagna with béchamel cream for breakfast.

Eos Sliders: 3 spiced lamb sliders with caramelized onions and roasted red pepper sauce. My choice obviously since my friend does not like lamb. The lamb was acceptable but not outstanding because too much oil was used.

Saganaki: Kefalograviera cheese flambé. Live shot of the flambé. Should have taken a video instead. The waiter walked over, lit the cheese on fire and shouted “Opa!” in less than 30 seconds. The flame was put out with a squeeze of lemon juice. Darn, I wish I thought quick enough on my feet.

Saganaki: Kefalograviera cheese flambé. This is the after shot. The cheese was still bubbling. It was much better when warm and felt heavy and salty after cooling down. Still, this was quite a food experience.

Grilled Octapodi: Grilled octopus with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Both my friend and I are big fans of octopus. This was a big portion but we enthusiastically ate it all up. The addition of capers was a welcome accent.

Always enjoyed grilled octopus with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar combination. The slight downfall of this dish is that octopus is slightly overcooked before grilling. The consistency can be a little bit more bouncy.

Veggie Moussaka: Layers of zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, lentils, potatoes and béchamel cream. I felt heavenly with this veggie moussaka… Veggie moussaka is the Greek lasagna for me now. It’s more supple than the Italian lasagna pasta layers and is richer with the flavors of vegetables and béchamel. Happy and loving it. Thank you, Danny, for insisting on ordering the vegetarian version.

What a fun meal filled with fire, flavors and new openings for me. I learned that preconceived notions can be changed as long as I dine with the right company at the right restaurant. EOS Greek Cusine gets a two thumbs up, one for the food and the other for the eye pleasing interior. Highly recommend it. My senses were completely satisfied.

This experience took place at

EOS Greek Cusine
490 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06901