2015-03-11 / Restaurant of the Week

Village Grill

Dina is the driving force behind the success of Village Grill with its family-inspired Greek dishes, American favorites and outrageously delicious desserts, such as chocolate hazelnut mousse, banana cream mousse, and home made baklava. Village Grill is celebrating its third year in business on a leafy corner on Yellowstone Blvd. in Forest Hills, serving the local and surrounding community with a smile.

This is a local place where everyone is greeted by name and Dina knows what you’re going to order before you even sit down. On a recent snowy night, this petite eatery was packed with locals who were grateful for Village Grill having stayed open, while many other restaurants in the area closed and went home. The staff is friendly and helpful and happy to point out some of the new items on the menu such as the long awaited chicken gyro. After so many requests from her loyal customers, Dina started making this succulent gyro herself, using quality chicken thighs and a blend of herbs and seasonings that took her over a month to perfect. The result is tender, juicy chicken served on a platter with your choice of fries, zesty lemon potatoes, rice, or grilled vegetable medley. You can also have this tasty chicken piled on to a fluffy pita bread topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and creamy tzatziki sauce, also made from scratch. And so it goes with other meat items off the sizzling grill. My companion enjoyed the beef gyro platter, which actually contains some lamb for extra flavor and juiciness ($12.50). Traditional pork gyro and souvlaki platters and sandwiches are very popular here. Each souvlaki plate offers two skewers of pork or chicken souvlaki, served with a small Greek salad, tzatziki, grilled pita bread and your choice of one side, all at around $12 which is quite a bargain for such fresh food. Handmade Greek sausage called ‘loukaniko’ and “bifteki” Greek meatballs are savory and mildly spiced, perfect off the grill in a sandwich or on a plate.

We saw lots of families dining here and the whole rotisserie chicken is the perfect crowd pleaser, as the tender meat slides off the bone. Kids love the chicken fingers and chicken wing dings too. You can’t beat the ribeye steak with fries for just $18. Everyone loves the juicy burgers, cooked to order and built to your taste. Choose among freshly ground turkey burger, classic beef, or veggie burger and top it as you like with your choice of cheese, bacon, sauteed onions, mushrooms, lettuce and tomato. At under $6, it’s cheaper than fast food and far better tasting.

Our dinner started with a generously sized Greek salad topped with slabs of creamy feta cheese, olives and cucumbers accompanied by an ice cold beer, and a glass of wine. Village Grill’s spinach pie is so good because it is neither salty nor greasy so that you can taste the fresh spinach, feta cheese and flaky pastry that surrounds it. The “tiropita” or cheese pie is similarly good. Homemade lemon chicken soup or lentil soup is a good way to start too. Next we had a sampling of falafel served with tahini sauce, fried meatballs, and chicken wing dings with bleu cheese dressing. Village Grill serves fresh, tasty lunch every day at economical prices. The chicken wrap is filled with grilled chicken, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella and balsamic glaze. The Mediterranean wrap features beef gyro, lettuce, tomatoes, green pepper, feta cheese, olive oil and vinegar dressing. If you don’t want meat, the veggie wrap has grilled mushrooms, zucchini, and roasted red peppers while the Santorini fish wrap is filled with flaky codfish, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and Village Grill sauce. That delicious rotisserie roasted chicken is available as a lunch special as well. For just $6.99 enjoy a quarter chicken with salad or a side, and a can of soda. Get a half chicken for $8.99 and Village Grill delivers to your home or office.

Dina’s background is in the bakery business so her desserts are extra special. Besides the mousses and baklava I mentioned earlier, there’s also creamy rice pudding, coconut cake, Greek wedding cookies, Greek pastries and more. The coffee is good too so stop in after a movie for some dessert.

The Village Grill offers easy, on-line ordering at www.villagegrillnyc.com so you’re only a few clicks away from a delicious meal. Dina will happily cater your next business or family event so call for more information. Village Grill is located on the corner of Yellowstone Blvd. and Ingram Street in a quiet, residential quarter of Forest Hills with easy street parking. They’re open six days a week from 10am to 10pm, closed on Tuesdays. Congratulations Village Grill on three years of good food and service to the local community.

73-01 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills
718.544.4024

www.villagegrillnyc.com

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