Queens offers a plethora of multicultural options for eats. From Indian cuisine on Jackson Heights, to Asian delights in Flushing, Queens offers an individual to experience the world just for a $2.75 swipe with a Metrocard. Situated in Forest Hills, about a 30-40 minute ride on the E train from Times Square, is Agora Taverna, a modern, Greek-infused restaurant right across from the nearby Martha’s Country Bakery. If not the wonderful inside decor that grasps one’s attention, let it be the miraculous price for weekend brunch: $15.95 menu that includes the choice of 1 cold and 1 hot beverage (bellini, bloody mary, mimosa, and sparkling wine or choice of juices: orange, grapefruit, tomato, cranberry, and apple; coffee or tea).
Upon arrival, my mother and I were given an option of choices to sit: outside under large dark blue umbrellas or inside with white and blue cushioned seats. The windy day chose for us. We sat down and were given a complimentary basket of more than enough corn muffins for two, which were possibly the best muffins I have eaten – not salty or sweet, and a perfect way to start the meal. I choose grapefruit juice, coffee, and went for the signature Agora Omeleta; a fluffy omelette stuffed with tomato, spinach and feta cheese with a side of home fries and field greens.
Let’s put this out there. I love brunch. I love breakfast food. By virtue of living in Manhattan I am exposed to some of the best chefs, restaurants, and, of course, brunch options. By far, Agora Taverna is quite underrated. First and foremost, one cannot beat the bang for your buck. A fulfilling omelette, two free drinks, and a basket of muffins that probably would fill you up even before your meal comes just for under $20 is a steal. Now let’s talk about taste. I am not one for feta cheese; I find that it is too sour or too dry for my taste. However, the taste of the feta was more subtle due to the tomatoes inside of the omelette. I did find that there was a little too much of the feta cheese that overpowered the dish itself, which is possibly my only critique of the food. The drinks were fine as the waiter constantly passed around at precisely the right moments to refill my cup with steaming coffee. The grapefruit juice lacked much flavor as it tasted more like water that was slightly flavored with hints of grapefruit, but I did not mind as much as I was more infatuated with the rich coffee. The field greens went well with the very well seasoned home fries. Service was impeccable. Decor and overall atmosphere was wonderful, but seems more acclimated for a nice, casual date rather than a romantic one.
I definitely will be coming back and bringing James along with me to try more of the Greek-influenced dishes.
Overall Rating: 13.7/15
70-09 Austin Street, Forest Hills, NY 11366