207-07 Northern Blvd., Bayside
Hours: Sun-Thurs 6 a.m.-1 a.m., Fri-Sat 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Credit Cards: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Parking: Private Lot, Valet
If you crave a good Sunday brunch, take your family to the Bayside Diner.
The diner reopened its doors in 2011, after being closed for almost a year. The manager, Nikitas Dallaris, said they overhauled the restaurant, but kept the same name because “it already had a great name.”
The restaurant offers a wide mixture of both casual diner food and intriguing restaurant dishes, but it also offers an array of Greek and Italian specialties.
For those looking to eat healthier, the diner offers many low-calorie specials and healthy smoothies.
As my friend Carolina and I walked in, we were pleasantly surprised to not see the blinding chrome and mirror look of yesterday’s diners; instead it was replaced with a much more pleasant décor. The wood-trimmed walls and angular shape made it a perfect setting for natural light to come through the two skylights.
To start our meal, the main chef, Nikos, prepared a warm chicken-noodle soup that was done just right, not too salty or watery. Carolina very much enjoyed their specialty Greek avgolemono soup, made with chicken and rice, finished with egg and lemon.
Just as we finished every spoonful of soup, the waiter served our drinks, which to say the least, added great taste to the entire meal. I drank my diner-favorite, the classic vanilla milkshake, but Carolina opted for the healthier drink, the Santa Maria. It’s a glass full of tasty non-fat Greek yogurt, cranberry juice, kiwi, banana, blue berries and skim milk.
From the four appetizers we tasted, our favorite was the clams with crabmeat stuffing, even though the fried calamari with marinara sauce was a close second. The chicken fingers with mustard were soft and tender, while the Buffalo wings with bleu cheese dressing were tangy and done well.
Even though the appetizers were very satisfying, we were looking forward to our main dishes. The tender breast of chicken parmigiana with spaghetti and savory marinara sauce was cheesy and saucy, just the way I like it. Carolina’s dish, another one of the diner’s specialty, was the brisket of beef. The long pieces of well-made meat were cut flat with a point cut, accompanied by hand-mashed potatoes by the chefs themselves.
Nothing beats baklava like Bayside Diner’s cheesecake baklava. The deli’s most talked-about dessert made us savor every bite because you eat the best of two worlds at once, Italian and Greek.
The big slices of chocolate mousse cake and custard-filled cream pops also came with unbeatable taste.
With so many tasty dishes to choose from, the diner has set very high expectations for the next diner we happen to eat in.
Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com, or @Tsakhuja13.