2016-01-27 / Restaurant of the Week

BROUSKO

Brousko celebrates a year and a half in Astoria, celebrating life and life’s celebrations with fabulous Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, great wine, and excellent service. This spacious, classy restaurant features beautiful murals of European café scenes, linen-topped candle-lit tables, soft lighting, and a central stage where live music is performed on weekends. Brousko is equally suited for an intimate dinner for two any night of the week, or a lavish banquet for up to 250 people.

Brousko is named for a brand of wine from Crete and there is a whole wall of Brousko bottles in both red and white varieties lining the shelves. The bartender will mix up your favorite cocktail too so stop in anytime. Friendly owner Peter Panayiotis Menikou knows quite a lot about food, having owned and operated the Euro Market on 31st Street since 2004 and Cyprus Deli long before that. We all benefit from his love and knowledge of good food. Bring your Valentine here for a romantic, memorable meal and soft music.

The service at Brousko is professional, kind and friendly, delivered by a welldressed wait staff. Valentino, our charming waiter, uncorked our bottle of Brousko red wine and brought us a basket of warm bread and house made kalamata olive tapenade to start on while we reviewed the tantalizing selection of appetizers. Peter recommended the grilled octopus which was so tender and delicious, tossed with a touch of red onion, roasted peppers, capers, fine olive oil and wine vinegar ($15). We also sampled keftedes which are tender, homemade Greek style meatballs made with minced beef and lamb, served with tangy yogurt sauce ($12). Crab cakes made with sweet lump crab meat are mildly seasoned and perfect to share along with the chipotle mayonnaise for dipping, while the crispy fried calamari rings come with garlic aioli sauce ($11). Feta cheese saganaki is pan fried cheese encrusted with sesame seeds, then drizzled with honey and walnuts for a dish that’s fit for the gods. We devoured the zucchini fritters, which were golden crisp and delicious, also great to share.

If you prefer to start with a salad, the classic Horiatiki is a traditional composition of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, and imported feta cheese. Buttery buratta mozzarella and roasted peppers are drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. There’s a classic Caesar salad too so order one for the table.

Brousko offers over a dozen tempting entrees that cover your favorite options in pasta, fish and seafood, and savory grilled meats. The expert chef cooks everything to order so you’ll enjoy a hot, artfully prepared meal served on a sparkling white plate. Brousko has a signature salmon dish that takes a salmon fillet and wraps it in phyllo dough with a layer of spinach and feta cheese, then bakes it until all the crispy layers emerge. This extraordinary dish is served with rice or mashed potatoes and vegetables ($19.50). Pan-seared diver scallops are served with butternut squash risotto, or try the orzo pasta with shrimp and spicy tomato cream sauce. Whole red snapper and branzino come fresh from the sea, grilled over the coals and basted with lemon and herbs for a Mediterranean treat. Scallops, calamari, shrimp, and mussels are cooked with tomato and heaped over linguine for a hearty pasta and seafood dish. Pappardelle ribbon pasta is served with a decadent duck ragu made from locally sourced poultry, and rigatoni Bolognese is made with rich, flavorful meat sauce ($13.50).

Brousko serves a fine quality, 14-ounce rib eye steak with French fries and a mixed salad. Paidakia are juicy baby lamb chops cooked to perfection and served with roasted root vegetables. Indulge in surf and turf with grilled filet mignon and South African lobster tail.

Sweeten your palate with the chef’s tiramisu cake, baklava, or chocolate cake along with a Moscato dessert wine and a robust cup of coffee. Plan your next special event, family dinner, or business event at Brousko where catering is an art form with gorgeous, tasteful facilities for up to 250 people. There’s valet parking and Brousko is also a short walk from the R train. Brousko serves dinner six nights a week from 5:30pm

(closed Monday). Brunch is coming soon and there’s live music on weekends. Weekend reservations and Valentine’s reservations are strongly recommended, so call now and celebrate life at Brousko. Opa!

41-15 34th Avenue
Astoria • 718.204.0411

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