Of The Week
By Teresa Barile
Galini Seafood Restaurant...Food For Gods
It’s always a pleasure to dine at Galini Seafood Restaurant, where only the freshest fish and seafood are served with a Hellenic flair. Its named for a mythological Greek goddess, but there’s no myth about the quality and freshness of the seafood served at the restaurant, which sits prominently on the corner of 36th Avenue and 34th Street in Long Island City and is meticulously run by Nick and Christine Christakos and their daughter, Maria.
Cold and hot appetizers include such choices as taramosalata (caviar salad), served with warm bread and aromatic extra virgin olive oil. The melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) accompanied by triangles of crisp pita bread, is extraordinary. Hot appetizers include pan seared Greek cheese in a flaming brandy sauce and a elaborate special appetizer platter for two or more. The platter offers two kinds of baked clams, stuffed shrimp, grilled octopus, grilled calamari, fried zucchini and eggplant, and stuffed mushrooms. Creamy chowders and crunchy salads will also help get a meal off to a grand start while you contemplate the entree choices.
Weekend specials feature fresh salmon stuffed with spinach, then wrapped in flaky phyllo pastry ($16.95). A very popular choice is the seafood "claypot" casserole, an abundance of shrimp, clams, scallops, squid and mussels in rich garlic and wine sauce cooked in an old fashioned clay pot, Blue fish filet is currently in season and very tasty, prepared Santorini style with tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. The freshest varieties of fish and seafood, such as bass, red snapper, swordfish, porgie, shrimp, lobster and scallops, are purchased daily. The fish is brushed in lemon and olive oil and grilled to order. For six diners or more, huge fish, priced per pound, can be selected from the refrigerated display and cooked to feed a hungry group. All entrees are served with seasoned rice and vegetables, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t try a side order of their lemon potatoes.
Galini offers more than just delectable, fresh fish. Those preferring meat can partake of a juicy ribeye steak, grilled to order for $16.95. Tender sirloin and filet mignon are also quite popular. Lamb chops and grilled free-range chicken are great choices as well. Surf and turf is available for those who simply cannot decide between meat and seafood. To complement your meal, whatever you may choose, Galini has an extensive wine list featuring vintages from all over the world at reasonable prices. Order your favorite cocktail, from the well-appointed bar, or champagne or an after-dinner cordial.
The interior of Galini Seafood Restaurant resembles a luxury cruise ship, with brilliantly colored paintings of Aegean shores on the walls. The commodious space is an ideal setting for a private party. The Christakos family has catered to numerous weddings, anniversaries and other special events on numerous occasions. A new room has been added for more intimate gatherings of 70 or fewer patrons, and the main dining room can accommodate at least 200 diners.
Galini Seafood Restaurant is open six days a week for lunch and dinner, with daily lunch specials from $7.95 to $11.95. Closed Mondays. Galini is proud to offer both Greek and American live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Enjoy the music while indulging in one of the sinfully rich desserts offered. Galini’s own chef makes a variety of Greek pastries, including the tallest baklava I’ve ever seen. If you want to impress your fellow dining companions, order the fruit platter that looks too pretty to eat. The freshest fruits are arranged as a sculpture, then sprinkled with walnuts and kissed with a drizzle of honey-ambrosia worthy of the gods.
A visit to Galini Seafood Restaurant will surely impress all your senses with delicious food, good wine and music, and a professional and courteous staff to satisfy your every need.
Galini Seafood Restaurant
33-12 36th Ave
Long Island City
(718) SAY-FISH (729-3474)