Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Fraternize with a finned feast with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fresh seafood and spirits at Psari in Astoria.
Psari treats tongues to a taste of Grecian waters with menus filled with maritime dishes and Hellenistic flavor. Introduce the esophagus to an appetite-whetting starter, such as stuffed grape leaves ($9), before putting internal food tubes to the test with blue-water entrees, such as the grilled tuna steak ($24) and the fried combo—flounder, shrimp, and scallops cooked to a crispy perfection ($30).
Terrestrial appetites can eschew the waves in savory favor of a 16-ounce T-bone steak ($26) or grilled chicken breast ($14). All entrees come with garlic bread, a choice of rice or vegetables, and a choice of lemon potatoes, a baked potato, french fries, or greek potato chips. And supplement oceanic spreads with a glass of grape extract from Psari's international list of white, blush, red, and house wines ($5–$9).
Psari's hardwood floors and bar lend it the feel of a homey neighborhood establishment, and the bright, uncluttered dining room establishes a casually elegant eating atmosphere akin to dining inside a nonchalant mansion.
- It’s all about the fish here, obviously, and the variety and freshness will keep diners coming back again and again. We started with their famous grilled octopus which is tender and juicy and nicely charred on the outside, thanks to its preparation on the charcoal grill. Maryland crab cakes are popular and deliciously seasoned, as are the baked clams topped with lots of breadcrumbs. – Queens Gazette.
Borrowing its name from the Greek word for "fish," Psari Restaurant bedecks dishes with the ocean-fresh bounties of the sea, serving up seafood broiled, grilled, or fried whole along with traditional Mediterranean eats and raw shellfish delicacies. To begin meals, guests pick out their favored catches of the day from their chilly iced display, or mull over choices of juicy steak, lamb chops, and subtly seasoned Greek appetizers. The café bottles its savory aroma within an elegant space decked in dark wood, a gleaming stone bar top, and soft accents of blue and white to match the colors of the Greek flag, as well as the chromatic scheme of Poseidon's underwater bungalow. In addition to preparing tantalizing meals of fish, crab, octopus, and lobster, Psari's helpful staffers pair meals with selections from an ample wine list as well as a complimentary phyllo-and-egg-custard dessert with each dinner.
32-10 36th Ave.
Astoria, New York 11106Get Directions