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Bel Aire Diner Restaurant – Queens Gazette

The Bel Aire Diner is a classic New York Greek restaurant that has held a prominent place at the corner of 21st Street and Broadway since 1965. Owned by the Dellaportas family, brothers Kal and Peter run the show and have taken the opportunity to renovate for the lock. The result is your classic NY Diner with a modern look and a fantastic menu to boot! Make your Mother’s Day reservations now or book your private family party for up to 60 guests.

Sleek wood tile floors, new cabins, dim lighting and a full bar serving classic and inventive cocktails are just a few of the new additions. What hasn’t changed is the commitment to fresh, home-cooked foods for all tastes. Indeed, almost everything is made on-site from scratch, including their mind-blowing array of cakes, pies, pastries and puddings.

Peter mixed two New York Old Fashioned cocktails for us, using Applejack whiskey from an upstate New York distillery, local bitters and an orange twist. Try a blueberry cosmos, their refreshing homemade sangria, a cold beer or a glass of wine while you leaf through the menu. You can see mozzarella sticks on many menus, but believe me, there are none quite as good as the Bel Aires, made with creamy mozzarella and their own multi-process crispy coating. The same goes for their chicken fingers, tender hand-cut, perfectly breaded and served with homemade honey mustard. The spanakopita is freshly made daily, whose phyllo dough is light and flaky, filled with spinach and creamy chunks of feta cheese. An order of homemade wings will disappear to your table, along with your choice of sauce.

Bel Aire’s Greek specialties feature your favorites, all fresh, never frozen. Spit-roasted lamb is cut from the leg and piled into soft pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce, or served on a platter with rice or potatoes earth and salad. The sizzling lamb skillet was a generous portion of this tender lamb, served with steak fries, tomatoes, feta and red onion on a skillet ($25.99). Chicken Athenian is a tender breast stuffed with spinach, cooked until golden brown. Santorini prawns are lightly pan-fried in fine olive oil with diced tomatoes, onion and feta cheese, served over rice and sprinkled with fragrant oregano.

The updated menu features fresh and healthy salads such as four quinoa-based choices, beet salad, chickpeas, Waldorf salad and the classic Cobb, to name a few. Stir-fried specialties are cooked to order and include chicken Monte Carlo with mushrooms, white wine, tomato and grated cheese on fluffy mashed potatoes. Chicken Cordon Bleu is rolled with ham and Swiss cheese, sautéed with mushrooms and a touch of cream, served on rice. I enjoyed Mariscos Portuguese, a mix of squid, clams and mussels with olive oil, garlic and capers over angel hair pasta ($23.99). Spanish paella and Provençal catfish are also great seafood choices.

Bel Aire dining classics bring comfort. The chicken pot pie is baked in a golden crust, while the homemade meatloaf with gravy will make you feel good inside. Roast chicken, barbecued ribs and Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings are some of the house favorites.

Lunch offers soups, salads and the famous Bel Aire sandwiches, including vegan and vegetarian options. The grilled cheese, with or without bacon, is irresistible, as is the turkey, bacon and avocado, and the Mediterranean tuna with olives, feta, tomato and baby spinach on grilled pita bread. Roast beef, pastrami, corned beef, and brisket sandwiches are all piled on your choice of bread.

Leave room for dessert as Bel Aire is famous for its light and creamy cheesecakes, layer cakes, apple pie, brownie sundae, black and white cookies, creamy rice pudding and chocolate pudding , And much more. Fine, roasted coffee is brewed all day and night, on the go or on the go. It’s a great place to start your day with a hearty breakfast or New York-style egg sandwich to go.

In addition to all the delicious food at the Bel Aire Diner, they have started offering a drive-in cinema experience during the lockdown. A quote from their blog states: “During a brainstorming session in early April 2020, the Bel Aire team asked themselves a simple question: how can we get our loyal customers out of the house and ensure that they enjoy our food like in the good old days? ? Three days later, we had our first successful Drive-In movie at the restaurant and nothing could have prepared us for the media coverage and outpouring of love and attention that followed. This retro event continues from this month. Check their website for schedule and menus. You can order your next meal from there for fast, free delivery, or by picking up the phone and calling 718.721.3160. Remember to book for Mother’s Day on May 8 and book your business lunch, or family celebration.

The Bel Aire Diner is your classic New York Greek restaurant with an updated, modern look and feel!

31-91 21st Street/Broadway – Astoria – 718.721.3160