With a couple of old ex-New Yorkers, we went to have dinner at Elias Corner two days ago, for the sake of their nostalgia. And the experience was indeed nostalgic, but for the wrong reasons!
I had gone to Elias a couple of times years ago. It was then a fish restaurant, with a basic menu, generous portions of fish, some desserts, and overall nothing to write home about. Clearly something must have happened, since I could now only describe it as an "eatery".
It was a Tuesday night, at about 9 PM. There were only two large tables occupied by a birthday party, and then our table. We were not presented with a menu. We were told that we could select an appetizer, a fish, and the dinner came with dessert. We ordered a Greek salad for three, under the explanation that it was very large. It was large, but only for one person. The fish entrees were ok, fresh, no frills. They only had one dessert available. All that amounted to $40 per person, which was a ripoff when considering that there was nothing to it.
The service was pretty bad and it deserves a special mention. While our waitress was correct, at one point she disappeared and was being covered by another waiter. We requested more bread (standard bread) and, incredibly, he came back saying that they had run out of bread, only to be seen, shamelessly less than 10 minutes later, bringing abundant bread baskets to the other tables. He deliberately ignored my calls for attention, clearly knowing what I was going to say, and deciding to just ignore us completely.
As to decor and cash-only policy, I can only echo other posts here. Cheap stuff.
There are plenty of nice restaurants a few blocks away in Astoria. Try Broadway, or 30th Avenue, or Steinway. Take your business there.
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