EAT: Christos Steakhouse
Christos Steak House
41-08 23rd Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105
Phone: (718) 777-8400
Christos Steak House, one of the few steakhouses in Astoria, Queens, is tucked away on 23rd Avenue between 41st and 42nd Street. This classic steakhouse has been around for years but has recently gone under new management. It is home to Executive Chef Mina Newman, who was featured in and won an episode of Food Network’s show Chopped, and who is also Executive Chef at Edison Ballroom.
This hidden gem of a steakhouse boasts one main room, a lounge area with a full bar, and another room in the back which can also be used for private dinners. The menu is extensive, featuring some Mediterranean variations of dishes along with fabulous versions of steakhouse classics. To start, fresh bread with olive tapenade is offered and patrons are encouraged to try the Trio Appetizers, which allows you to choose three options, and this portion is perfect for a couple. Choices include meat options like chorizo or lamb bacon; vegetable options like stuffed olives or the highly recommended smoke hummus; and fish options like mussels or baked clams, which were equally delicious. Additionally, there is a plethora of signature appetizers and salads to choose from.
Entrees are extensive, to say the least. In addition to a full raw bar, they have seafood including fresh 2 and 3 pound lobsters and if you aren’t in the mood for steak, plenty of other options including half organic chicken, center cut pork chop, and even a hamburger. Their charbroiled dry aged menu is highly recommended, which includes various steak cuts aged for 21 days in their temperature controlled aging room to give them their best possible flavor and tenderness. They are then charbroiled at 1200 degrees and topped with coarse sea salt and dried mountain oregano.
The sides options are equally as extensive. Mashed potatoes come in 9 forms including wild mushroom, blue cheese bacon, and goat cheese basil balsamic reduction. French fries come in 7, from salt and vinegar to buffalo wing. There are also several pasta selections and a copious amount of vegetable sides to choose from, including broccoli rabe with roasted garlic, sauteed spinach with feta, and braised lemon potatoes.
The “Baklava” Tart with Honey Walnut Ice Cream is worth sharing at the end, if your stomach can make room for a bite or two. Not to mention, the wine list is decent, and glasses of wine ordered seem to get a generous pour. The service here is stellar, as servers are down to earth and attentive and managers check in more than once per meal. For the quality and quantity of food received and the caliber of service, the menu price points make this dining experience well worth your while.