NAPA & SONOMA STEAKHOUSE
15-01 149th Street
Whitestone, NY, 746-3446
HOURS: Open 7 days a week for dinner from 5-10pm. Lunch 6 days a
week from 12-3:30pm.
PARKING: Street/curbside parking
SPECIAL ATTRACTION: Large comfortable bar
CREDIT CARDS: All major
The newly opened Napa & Sonoma Steak House is a good addition to
Queens fine dining. On the former site of The Rafters (a popular long-time neighborhood
bar and restaurant) the interior has been completely redone and reflects the name with
light and space synonymous with the state of California.
Owners Frank and Nat Terzo are natives of Whitestone and have brought
their interest in fine wines and dining to fruition at Napa & Sonoma. We were
delighted to renew acquaintance with ebullient Matre d Tommy De Bona who we met when
he hosted at The Rafters years ago.
The young Executive Chef, Richard Riley, is a Culinary Institute of
America graduate and is putting his many European experiences to fine use.
On the night we dined, one of the appetizer specials was Medallions of
Fresh Lobster in fennel flavored sauce attractively presented. The appetizer menu included
Napa & Sonoma Crabcakes with capers and fresh herbs Remoulade ($8), classic Oysters
Rockefeller ($12) and a Wild Mushroom Fricassee ($7).
The entrees include a variety of grilled steaks from a 16 ounce Sirloin
($26) served with Napa & Sonoma Rice or roasted potatoes to a 22 ounce T-Bone ($29).
We chose a medium rare King-Cut Filet Mignon ($28) that was cooked to perfection.
From the Napa & Sonoma Classics on the menu we chose Vinters Pork
Chop, a very large portion, double, center-cut pork chop topped with an excellent fruit
chutney along with a medley of cubed fresh veggies and roasted small potatoes ($25).
Dont miss the refreshing mixed green salad with the lightest of house dressing. The
classics on the menu also includes Beef Wellington as well as Rack of Lamb, several
chicken dishes and the popular Surf & Turf.
Do enjoy one of the fine wines from Californias famous valleys or
an imported wine from the lengthy and comprehensive listing. Frank Terzo is a wine expert
and has created an impressive wine cellar.
Our choice of dessert was the incredibly rich and satisfying Ebony
& Ivory, a combination of dark chocolate over chocolate mousse topping cream cheese
This newest restaurant is sure to attract lovers of good food and wine;
not only for its important features but also because of the ambiance and service. We hope
to celebrate many of their future anniversaries at Napa & Sonoma.