Dec. 21, 2017 By Tara Law
A farm to table restaurant and wine bar will be opening in Astoria early next month.
The restaurant, called Yes Chef Wine Bar, will be located at 44-10 30th Ave, replacing Ming Zhang Sushi. It will serve simple dishes made primarily of local and organic ingredients.
The restaurant will be offering items such as panini, salads and soups for lunch, as well as hearty dishes such as cordon bleu, steak, salmon and macaroni and cheese for dinner.
“It’s healthy, it’s fresh, it local,” said the restaurant’s owner and chef Laszlo Beregszaszi. “It’s what we’re cooking at home.”
Beregszaszi, 47, chose to open the restaurant in Astoria because he lives in the neighborhood with his wife and 5-year-old son.
He has worked in many restaurants across the globe. He opened his first restaurant in Hungary, where he was born, and has worked at restaurants in the Greek Islands.
Beregszaszi moved to the U.S. 20 years ago and worked in the City as a private chef and caterer, and as an executive chef for the upscale French bistro chain Bistro Citron.
He said he intends to put a special emphasis on customer service.
“I always have a close relationship with my customers,” Beregszaszi said. “I like to ask them how everything is, if they would like to see something.”
Much of the dinner menu at Yes Chef is based on Beregszaszi’s past working at a French restaurant, and includes dishes such as beef bourguignon and ratatouille risotto. The cost of the entrees run from $10 to $15.
Yes Chef Wine Bar is awaiting its beer and wine license.
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I agree Old Astorian. There is really no way to run a restaurant in NYC that is truly farm to table. Well, I suppose you could make the argument the food came from some farm. But, what the term means is a local/independent farm raises the food and the restaurant serves it…and the farm is like 5 miles away. In reality, there will probably be like 4 vegetables used from a local farm that is 30 miles away and then the menu will say something like, “local ingredients used when available”. They could get their meat from the Halal butcher and kill it in the morning.
It’s amazing that people get away with calling anything “farm to table” and more sad that the new astorians will probably be lining up for this. I don’t see any farms in Astoria, and there is certainly no place anywhere near Queens where salmon is “local.”
I’m in the restaurant business and it’s funny because there’s another place in Astoria who boasts the Farm to Table idea, and it in fact buys most of the menu items and ingredients from Restaurant Depot and Costco… ?
Most of these new places open up thinking they’ll just sell the cheap quality food they purchase from those centers plan to charge an arm and a leg only to expect people to keep coming back for more. One year later when they close down they wonder “why”… People may be stupid when it comes to other things, but everyone has a young. A tounge doesn’t require common sense to tell you the food sucks, The taste buds do the talking. And there you go… ?