In these tough economic times it does one proud to see bold young daring young men take a bolder step and succeed. In less than a year a foursome of energetic and truly innovative businessmen have converted an old warehouse into a very happening and exciting dining experience. Do not be fooled by the buildings exterior which is very simple, but the experience awaiting you inside is very refreshing. It has a comfortable relaxed environment…sheik yet with a modern motif… not in Manhattan but Astoria.
One must visit CENTRAL Restaurant-Bar-Lounge at 20-30 Steinway Street in Astoria and get the flavor of the new age American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. This exciting venture was put together by four young gentlemen, all related, Nick Neocleous, George Trantides, Jack Trantides and Charlie Trantides.
An array of appetizers includes a twist on the well known Pou-Pou Platter which at Central is “Grand” with chicken skewers, grilled haloumi, grilled shrimp, keftedes and onion rings. Other appetizers include grilled octopus, oysters, spreads, beef carpaccio. Having begun to enjoy, you go on to main courses which include grilled double lamb chops, seared yellowfin tuna, seared black sea bass, roasted chicken or a filet mignon. Pastas include Orecchiette Bolognese, a ground tenderloin with diced carrots, onions, prosciutto, tomatoes and red wine.
There is an Autumn Risotto with mushrooms, marjoram and mushroom parmesan broth. You can choose to stay simple with lighter fare items such as Centrals Hamburger, Shrimp Tempora, Chicken Fingers, Grilled Chicken or even a lamb sandwich.
Central is open Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and on weekends from 12 noon to 2:00 a.m. The weekends feature a deluxe brunch for only $12 per person. There is also an outdoor courtyard for your true lounge experience with a smoking area.
Catering is also available for corporate events, engagements, Christmas parties, private events, bridal showers, weddings, fundraisers and even baby showers. The facility will accommodate from 20 up to 300 people for any event and valet parking is available for you and your guests.
Not to be outdone in this age of the internet…you can find CENTRAL on the web at www.CENTRALLOUNGE.com. You may sign up for all the upcoming promotions offered by CENTRAL and get on their e-mail list.