2012-07-04 / Restaurant of the Week


Celebrate Independence Day by not cooking and enjoying a meal at the legendary Mike’s Diner of Astoria. Mike’s Diner has been a landmark location on 31st Street since 1928, located just down the stairs from the Ditmars Boulevard train station. Owners Gus Sergiadis and Kostas Pavlakos welcome customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day so there’s always a good time to stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or an anytime snack. The service is fast and friendly and there’s always something delicious cooking.

Come for dinner, when Gus, the friendly chef, cooks up nightly specials for all tastes and appetites. He’s been working here since he was 15 years old and still makes his own soups, spinach pie, moussaka, pastitsio and other favorites each day. Start with a cocktail, glass of wine or beer from the full bar and have a look at the menu. Nightly dinner specials come complete with soup or salad, entrée, potato, vegetable, bread and butter and cost from about $10 and up. The house made avgolemono soup is Greek style chicken lemon soup with orzo that everyone clamors for. Yankee bean and lentil are other favorite soups or you can have a delicious salad laced with creamy, imported feta cheese and calamata olives. I devoured the homemade spinach pie and my mother said it was the best she had ever had! Other appetizers include crisp, tender, fried calamari, zucchini sticks, Buffalo chicken wings or savory stuffed mushrooms, filled with sweet crab meat stuffing. This delicious stuffing also goes into the stuffed fillet of sole entrée, which is really popular. Entrées run the gamut from pasta and saute specials, fresh fish and seafood, chops, steak, burgers and more. The chef has a special dish called “Mike’s Turkey London Broil” that is out of this world. Tender turkey cutlets are swiftly grilled and basted with lemon, salt, pepper and oregano for a light, healthy meal that includes fresh broccoli or spinach, potato, soup or salad for just $14.80. The generous portion left enough for lunch the next day. Saute specialties such as chicken or shrimp scampi are cooked on the spot and served with a mound of pasta or rice. Chicken Romano is prepared with tender chicken cutlets sautéed with artichokes, mushrooms, lemon, white wine, garlic and rosemary for an Italian treat.

John, a regular customer, has been eating here since he was a kid. “You can’t go wrong with anything here…I love the calamari, the Romanian steak, the omelets, everything!” Indeed I saw an order of juicy pork chops landing on a nearby table and thought they looked great. The fresh seafood can’t be beat either, with kudos for the stuffed fillet of sole, halibut with lemon butter sauce and red snapper. The broiled seafood combination is a feast, composed of scallops, halibut, fillet of sole, and a stuffed clam, served with soup or salad, potato and vegetable for just $20.95.

For lunch or anytime, the club sandwiches, paninis, and wraps are perfect. Panini sandwiches are made on ciabatta bread and filled with grilled chicken, bacon, cheese, vegetables and more. Classic diner sandwiches are stacked up with roast turkey, roast beef, chicken salad, bacon, lettuce, tomato and more. A Philly cheese steak sandwich or chicken souvlaki sandwich on pita will satisfy a big appetite. You’ll need two hands for the juicy burger, grilled to order and topped with your favorite cheese, bacon, onions or barbecue sauce with a side of awesome fries.

No matter what time you start your day, breakfast is always waiting for you at Mike’s Diner. Choose among farm fresh eggs, challah or multi-grain French toast, pancakes, muffins, bagels and more. Fill your omelets with your choice of cheese, vegetables and meat for a nice start to the day. Egg sandwiches, toast and muffins can be swiftly packed up and taken with you on your way to work, as you catch the train just overhead. Enjoy a leisurely brunch on the weekends when you can relax with a plate of Belgian waffles topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream and a cup of their delicious coffee. Don’t skip dessert because the creamy cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, carrot cake, lemon meringue pie, chocolate cream pie and seven layer cake are all delicious. I loved the rice pudding, sprinkled with a touch of cinnamon. The coffee is rich and robust and Mike’s Diner now brews up gourmet coffee drinks such as iced mocha coffee topped with whipped cream.

Mike’s Diner is open 24/7 so there’s always a good time to stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime snack. They’ll deliver from 30th Avenue to Upper Ditmars, so call or fax in your order to your home or office. Cater your next office or home party. Celebrate Independence Day or any day at legendary Mike’s Diner.

22-37 31st Street  Astoria

Fax orders to 718.721.5576

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