2008-01-30 / Restaurant of the Week

Soho Cafe & Grill…Enjoy, Eat Well, Stay Healthy

22-15 31st Street, Astoria 718.728.8883
by Teresa Barile

Soho Cafe & Grill…Enjoy, Eat Well, Stay Healthy
by Teresa Barile 

The Dining Room at Soho Café & Grill
Your hosts Alex Poulos and Peter Garidis invite you to enjoy, eat well and stay healthy not only in January, but all year long. If it's fresh, healthy and delicious, Soho Café & Grill has it, and you can have it fast. Soho Café & Grill caters to busy people on the go who don't want to sacrifice good nutrition for convenience. Since opening eight years ago, Soho Café & Grill has been making fresh and healthy wraps, hot, pressed sandwiches, freshly tossed salads, hot soups and entrées, fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, yogurt parfaits and much more. All these healthy meals are served in a contemporary café setting with comfortable tables and booths, or you can take breakfast, lunch and dinner on the go or even have them delivered free of charge.

Soho Café & Grill is open seven days a week from 8am till midnight for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it is located near the entrance to the Ditmars Blvd. train stop, making it a convenient place to stop in on your way to or from work. Lunch time buzzes as the polite staff at Soho tosses up the best salads around. From behind the clean glass display, diners choose among greens like romaine lettuce, spinach or mixed greens, then request any toppings they like. Carrots, cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, beans, mushrooms, avocado, feta cheese, teriyaki chicken, edamame and raisins are just some of the options. Appetizers and snacks include pancko shrimp, bean roll-ups or addictive spinach and artichoke dip.

Soho excels in making some of the best sandwiches around. The hot, pressed panini are excellent and one called "Paisan", is made with tender grilled chicken, spinach leaves, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on thick, toasted ciabatta bread. This sandwich was generously sized and a real bargain at just $6.20. For $1.50 more, you can add steak fries or waffle cut fries to your sandwich. The "Monte Cristo" layers ham, smoked turkey and Swiss cheese on a semolina roll, then toasts in a grill to crispy, melted perfection… yum! The "Tuscan" offers grilled seasonal vegetables on warm foccaccia that everyone will enjoy. A daily lunch special combines a Panini with a cup of house made soup for just $7.25. Try some of the wraps that they are famous for. For example, the grilled chicken Caesar with romaine lettuce, Romano cheese in a spinach tortilla is an excellent choice. New on the menu are the California shrimp wrap and the Florida fish wrap with crispy grouper tenders with baby spinach, red onion and roasted red peppers ($6.25).

Relax in the dining room and order a hot entree such as bowtie pasta with tender chicken, Portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and fragrant pesto ($7.25). The Soho grill chefs prepare sizzling hot, juicy burgers, such as the Texas turkey burger with avocado, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and BBQ sauce. The kids just love Soho mini burgers, just $6.25 for 4 delectable burgers. Mediterranean specialties such as falafel, gyro in pita bread or on a platter and chicken breast with Greek salad keeps things light and healthy.

Start your day off with a healthy breakfast including farm fresh eggs and omelettes filled with veggies, meat or cheese. Egg white omelettes, which can be wrapped in whole wheat tortillas, are great on the go. Enjoy banana-nut pancakes, made with granola, or cinnamon French toast ($4.25). A very popular breakfast item is the yogurt parfait, which layers low fat yogurt with fresh fruit and granola, all ready to go in a plastic cup. Choose your favorite juice or yogurt smoothie at the juice bar or indulge in a decadent dessert such as moist carrot cake, brownie double fudge, chocolate mousse cake or apple pie.

For healthy dining right in the neighborhood, visit Soho Café & Grill. They make it easy to enjoy, eat well and stay healthy. Visit any time of day or night for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a healthy snack. Dine in at the comfortable tables and booths, take it out or have it delivered. Catering for your next business or private function is available and credit cards are accepted. Stay healthy all year at Soho Café & Grill.

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