BZ Grill is a modest looking spot tucked along the highly trafficked thoroughfare of Astoria Boulevard, that consistently turns out some of Astoria’s best Greek meals. On a recent visit I branched out from my usual favorite Pork or Chicken Gyro and ordered something different, the Chicken Bacon Platter, and was totally rewarded.
In this standout dish, tender cubes of well seasoned souvlaki are wrapped in juicy bacon and served on three generously packed skewers. Soft pita triangles, a fresh salad of lettuce, tomato and red onion, and a choice of French fries or rice, both delicious, accompany the platter. But the the side sauces, including a creamy homemade tzatziki and the tangy BZ Sauce, a bright blend of homemade mustard and mayonnaise, are the co-stars of this awesome Astoria dish.
The Chicken Bacon Platter is fantastic and filling, but I can’t in good conscience let you leave without trying BZ Grill’s Greek Fries. This generous pile of extra-crunchy french fries, smothered with crumbled feta, oregano and olive oil stands out, even in Astoria, as an explosively flavorful dish. The first thing you’ll notice is the patches of char on the top of the feta and ends of the fries, which may seem surprising, but rest assured it only makes this dish tastier.
On the odd chance you’re still hungry, the Grilled Halloumi Sandwich at BZ Grill is quite possibly my favorite sandwich in all of Astoria. Served in a warm pita, the grilled Halloumi–a salty Cypriot cheese with a firm chew and a high melting point that makes it ideal for grilling and frying–is smothered in fresh lettuce, tomato and onion and the aforementioned addictively tasty BZ sauce. It’s an off-menu item, so make sure to ask for it specifically if you want to give it a try.
Wash it all down with BZ’s Greek Wild Cherry Juice. Somewhat sweeter than the sour cherry juice that is ubiquitous in Astoria’s great Greek Markets like Titan and Mediterranean Foods 1 & 2, I like to order a can of seltzer to cut it into a thirst quenching cherry juice spritzer that’s hard to beat in the hot, humid summer weather.
BZ Grill does a fast, fresh, and reliable delivery business, but I would recommend dining in for this particular feast. The busy scene scene – customers coming and going, industrious, expert line cooks, meat spits spinning, and smoke pouring off the grill – only adds to the joyfulness of this great meal. And a joyful meal is the very best kind of meal to have, I think.
BZ Grill – 27-02 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY 11102