It’s a pleasure having Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill as a neighbor, only a few steps from our office. Not only do we all enjoy their specialties, but even before you enter, the lovely flowering plants in the front are making the block more beautiful. It’s inviting even before you enter this family-owned place.
Usually a family member greets you warmly. The interior, filled with old family photos, feels like you have entered their home. And based on their hospitality, eating at Maria’s is like eating with family. Each dish seems to have been lovingly prepared. They recently added some new creations to their menu so I made a visit to see what Maria had created. She really wowed the four of us who dined together that evening.
We ordered appetizers and began with mouthwatering, large broiled oysters topped with sautéed spinach and Parmigiano cheese in a light cream sauce — delicious. Then we had Portobello mushrooms stuffed with spinach, feta cheese and leeks. Again, a show stopper!
Not to be missed is their new chips and dips which is a large platter filled with fried pita chips and a spread. It’s easy to get addicted to them.
But we had yet another appetizer, bouyiourdi, a rich, tasty combination of three cheeses melted together with green peppers, tomatoes and seasoned just right with oregano. It’s not to be missed either. Now we could have stopped here but we wanted to sample the shrimp Mykonos, large flavorful sautéed shrimp in a tomato sauce topped with melted feta cheese. I’m coming back for more. We shared a moist, perfectly-cooked Chilean sea bass prepared with a unique sauce of tomato and basil beurre blanc. Although I’ve eaten here many times I can’t wait to eat here again because it feels like it is my home away from home!
The wait staff is professional and friendly too.
The grand finale was Maria’s lemon pie. There are several choices for dessert but this dish is her specialty and we all voted it the best lemon pie we ever ate.
Try Maria’s, you’re sure to relish every bite of your meal and love it too. No wonder they won Best Greek restaurant in our “Best of the Boro” competition!
Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill
38 -11 Bell Boulevard Bayside
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Catering is available for all occasions
718 279-1606 or 718-279-1497 for take-out