ΝEW YORK.- Christos Steakhouse is considered one of the best restaurants in Queens County. But what make it unbeatable is the fact that has the greatest Greek wine selection than any other restaurant in the country, approximately 125 labels. Located in Astoria Queens, (41-08 23rd Avenue) Christos Steakhouse received recently high marks for both its food quality and service.
On September 30, Christos Steakhouse in cooperation with Amerikus Wines organize a night full of wonderful Greek Tastes. Some of the best wines of Greece will accompany a complete dinner, comprised many different Greek appetizers, raw bar, zucchini croquette and saganaki, Greek salad, Roast Rib and desert. All for $ 50, plus tax and gratuities. (For information and reservations 718-777-8400).
Opened in 1990 as “Taverna Taygetos”, featuring traditional Greek village dishes, the restaurant evolved to “Christos Hasapotaverna” (that combines a butcher shop with a restaurant) and finally to a top Greek Steake House.
Today Christos Steak House is able to quench any appetite, by supplementing a wide varity of dry aged family selected steaks and chops, with selectable traditional Greek dishes, raw bar selections and fresh seafood.
The dining areas are filled with old world charm – large black and white photographs of family relatives and scenes from Greece, antique Hellenic credenzas, shepherd’s sticks, soft lighting lend to a warm and soothing atmosphere. The butcher shop area displays the steaks and chops in a large antique glass showcase and one can even take in the dry – aging process from the street, where the walk-in coolers are visible.
The restaurant’s executive chef is Tony Carame, and Panagiotis Mastoros the Maitre’ D/ Sommelier.
“The Greek Wines of Today” that will be featured at the September 30 dinner are:
2002 HAGGIPAVLU – MANTINIA
Type: dry white wine. Grape Varietal: 100% Moschofilero. Vinification: 100% stainless steel. Appellations: Mantinia Plateau, 2200 elevation in the heart of Peloponnese. Tasting notes: clean, crisp refreshing taste. Great floral aromas with mineral and flint notes on the palate. Medium+ acidity makes this an exceptional compliment to the grilled porgy with olive oil and lemon, chicken caesar salad or california rolls.
2002 MEGAPANOS – SAVATIANO
Type: dry white wine. Grage varietal: 100% Mesoghea, Savatiano. Appellation: Region of Spata, Attica. Tasting notes: soft refreshing taste on the palate and a fine aroma with a crystal clear color. It is best served at temperature of 8-10 c. Excellent with grilled fish and salads.
2003 AGROS – SANTORINI
Type: dry, white wine. Grape Varietal: 100% Assyrtiko. Vinification: 100% Stainless Steel. Appellations: Island of Santorini. Tasting notes: Bright light yellow color with the full sepctrum of citrus aromas. This wine has great minerality and a delicate flintiness tha balance well with medium acidity and generous fruit flavors. Excellent with Tuna Sashimi (and all sushi), Mediterranean fish stew, and the traditional dish of santorini- Fava beans with Capers.
Minoiko white 2000
This estate Vilana is produced in limited quantity (for Milarakis , that’s about 25,000 bottles) from choice fruit. This wine is all about extraction. Dry extract is huge, creating earthy, sweet aromas and real tropical fruit–especially banana–on the palate. Acidity and structure are more present in this wine than in the Minos Palace, an important feature for their top of the line white.
2001 Karipidis Cabernet/Merlot
This medium-bodied blend of Cabernet and Merlot has a deep ruby color and and a nose rich in dried fruit and cut wood. This wine attacks the palate with dry extract, giving a sweet feel at the beginning of palate dominated by tart, dried cherry and fig.
“Muscat,” or AGROS MUSCAT OF LIMNOS
The Muscat of Alexandria grape has been cultivated on the island of Limnos for many centuries producing luscious dessert wines with good acidity and wonderful honeysuckle and apricot aromas. This is one of the world’s greatest dessert wine values.