Last Friday, my boyfriend, Chris, and I decided to go to Christos Steakhouse in Astoria (disclosure: I was invited in to try it). Iâ€™ve lived in Astoria for more than 2 years, and have dated my fair share of dudes in the neighborhood, and had never even heard of the place. Located on 41st Street and 23rd Ave, it was off the last stop on the N/Q train at Ditmars â€“ and definitely worth a visit.
The restaurant was pretty big and had plenty of tables for 4 folks or larger parties â€“ one waiter even commented that they rarely get groups of two in the restaurant, so if you are looking to go somewhere with a crowd, Christos is the place. While I kicked off the meal with a champagne cocktail, I was actually a big fan of the sparkling sangria that I was encouraged to try. This was made with prosecco and peach puree and tasted like a bellini, complete with fruit nicely chopped up inside. My boyfriend was a big fan of the Kentucky honey â€“ a bourbon that he claimed tasted â€œmaple syrupy.â€
We were provided with complimentary bread and an olive spread. The bread basket was instantly gone because it was being used as a vehicle to eat the olive spread. I could not get enough of that spread. My boyfriend claimed with a mouthful of olive spread that â€œhe didnâ€™t even like olives and he loved this.â€Â I just wanted to package it up and take it home in a bottle and eat it daily.
For an appetizer, we went with sushi simply because it is a special on Friday and Saturday night. There were a variety of special rolls to choose from but we just went with shrimp tempura. It was very good â€“ not good at a steakhouse good, but put it next to a roll from a sushi spot, and I would not have been able to tell the difference. Chris even commented that it felt like jumbo shrimp was used in the roll just because there were huge pieces of shrimp.
For dinner we went with The Wedge sirloin cut for two. This was $25 a person.Â The reason Christos Steakhouse serves this cut is because itâ€™s the most affordable option on the menu and they wanted to make steak affordable. Itâ€™s dry aged and after the Porterhouse steak (usually $94 for two) this is the next best end of sirloin.Â I found the steak to be very good, and perfectly cooked â€“ we went with medium rare. There were some pieces definitely on the rarer side â€“ and consequently, too rare for the BFâ€™s liking â€“ so Iâ€™d advise medium unless you donâ€™t mind a little bit of red.Â The steak also came with three sauces â€“ bernaise, the Christos steak sauce and a roasted red wine and garlic sauce. I had trouble picking my favorite. While the steak didnâ€™t need sauce, I couldnâ€™t help but dip in all three.Â I felt the bernaise tasted cheesy, the red wine and garlic sauce reminded me of French onion soup and the steak sauce had a strong horseradish flavor â€“ which are all my three favorite things.Â I guess if I had to pick, red wine sauce was my favorite.
We were a bit extravagant and ordered a side of mashed potatoes with lobster ($26). This was phenomenal and could feed easily more than 2 people. There were so many huge clumps of lobster meat which made me extremely impressed â€“ plus I loved that it was served in a shell. This side was enough for the two of us with the steak, and keep in mind most sides run about $8.
Dessert was my least favorite â€“ come on, I have to have a least favorite. I got the Baked Astoria which was essentially a baked Alaska dessert, where there was red velvet cake, ice cream and I want to say chocolate cake covered in meringue. I felt the cake was just a little too frozen still when it was served to us â€“ but we managed to eat it all.
If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion in Astoria, Christos Steakhouse is top notch.Â The food was great, the servers were excellent and didnâ€™t rush us, and it didnâ€™t feel like a stuffy steakhouse where youâ€™d only see businessmen in suits.The Basics Name: Christos Steakhouse Location: 41-08 23rd Ave, Astoria Who to Bring: Date, Parents, Double-Date Price: $$$$ People, itâ€™s steak. Overall: 5 stars. Big fan for special occasions.Â