1999-10-13 / Restaurant of the Week

Michael’s Restaurant Celebrates A Grand Reopening



Of The Week

By Teresa Barile




ife is good again, now that Michael’s Restaurant has reopened in its new location on Broadway, just two doors down from their previous home of 20 years. The same ownership, same management and same great food that diners have come to expect from Michael’s is still here. What has changed is the new interior, made cozy due to rich wooden banquettes and exposed brick walls. Soft lighting, flowers and candles at each table add to the comfortable ambiance. Owners Angelo and Pat Georgis, along with their daughter, Laura, see to every detail to ensure that every dining experience will be a pleasurable one. A complete bar and notable wine list adds even more to the experience.

Michael’s has elevated diner food to new heights. Everything is prepared from the freshest ingredients and nothing is served from cans. Michael’s is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with delicious offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snack, so any time is a good time to visit.

On a crisp, autumn evening, my companion and I feasted on wonderful appetizers of charcoal grilled Portobello mushrooms, served atop a bed of arugula salad, as well as charcoal grilled, marinated octopus, served with fresh lemon wedges. Both were very tasty, but you may also want to try Michael’s jumbo shrimp cocktail or chicken fingers with dipping sauce to start. Michael’s makes a variety of homemade soups each day, including split pea, chicken noodle and beef barley.

Daily dinner specials are offered at the low price of $9.95 weekdays and $12.95 weekends. A feast begins with choice of homemade soup or crunchy salad. Then choose among the delicious entrees such as tender pork chops with apple sauce, grilled shell steak or a hot open roast beef sandwich with mushroom gravy. Entrees come with fresh, not frozen, sauteed vegetables such as spinach or broccoli, and the homemade mashed potatoes are out of this world.

Michael’s serves fresh fish and seafood each day. I can’t say enough good things about the stuffed filet of sole Florentine. This generously sized filet of sole is wrapped around fresh spinach and bits of feta cheese, then broiled until golden brown ($13.50).

You will also enjoy the fresh seafood kebabs, skewered with chunks of lobster tail, shrimp, scallops, filet, and vegetables, served over rice. Tender sea scallops can be ordered fried, or sauteed.

If you crave pasta, Michael’s has delicious choices including linguine with chicken al pesto, a sauce made with fresh basil, garlic and pine nuts. Angel hair pasta and shrimp primavera toss fresh vegetables and tender shrimp together ($13.95) for a flavorful dish. Angelo’s pasta is a melange of artichoke hearts, scallions, mushrooms, peppers and zucchini, tossed in a garlic and oil sauce that’s sure to keep the vampires away!

Don’t forget the wide assortment of eggs, omelettes, pancakes and French toast, made with rich challah bread, for breakfast. Lunchtime tempts with overstuffed sandwiches such as the turkey club, Bacon Lettuce Tomato, reuben sandwich, and more. Their seven-ounce charcoal grilled hamburgers require two hands to hold. Cooked to order, they are served with cole slaw and pickle, or deluxe style, with fries as well.

A variety of homemade desserts includes light-as-a-feather cheesecake, creamy rice pudding and assorted pies and cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Steaming hot coffee or cappuccino is also recommended.

Michael’s Restaurant is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with free delivery. Call in an order to your office or home or stop in any time for a great meal. The service is always fast and friendly and the food is always fresh. Michael’s, welcome to your new location!

Michael’s Restaurant

33-17 Broadway, Astoria

(718) 726-7474

Fax: 726-3142)

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