“This is delicious!” So said my son Josh as he bit into his baby back ribs at Tony Roma’s on the upper level of The Bay Terrace shopping center on 26th Avenue.
I had taken my family to the restaurant after I heard many rave reviews from friends. They were right.
We began our dinner “outing” with seven-month-old Jonah and his parents and uncle and were greeted by a “welcomer” – a nice touch as we entered a handsome contemporary environment with high ceilings that effectively absorb the noise, so that the spacious restaurant and bar seem almost intimate.
We sat at a table, but there are many booths around the perimeter of the room. With the baby in a high chair, sitting at a table worked well for us.
To begin our meal we ordered Tony Roma’s signature dish – a mouthwatering delicious onion loaf made from giant hand cut Spanish onions, lightly breaded, and deep fried into a delectable crunchiness surrounded by their original BBQ sauce.
Forced by New York City law, all the dishes have calorie counts. It is very enlightening and helpful for those of us who are on diets!
We also sampled the spinach artichoke dip served with warm tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa. It was also delicious, but the onion loaf was irresistible and we each fought for our share!
There is a Roma sampler I’d recommend that includes the two above and boneless Buffalo bites – chicken breast lightly breaded and tossed with Buffalo sauce.
The drinks came minutes later and there are free refills on soft drinks and iced tea. Ours were repeatedly refilled by the attentive waitperson assigned to our table.
Although there are chicken and fish choices, any trip to Tony Roma’s must mean you order ribs or steaks.
We sampled several rib and steak dishes – pork and beef with different sauces – each one was tasty and the meat fell off the bones, as it was tender and juicy.
There is a wide selection of side dishes, but make sure to order the “loaded mashed potatoes.” At only 194 calories, it is amazingly tasty and worth every calorie! Try it; you’ll love it!
There is free delivery in many northeast Queens communities and a take out counter for fast food pick-up. Tony Roma’s has a handsome bar with booths for dining and TVs all around the space. They are open seven-days-a-week for lunch and dinner. Call for delivery or reservations: 718-224-TONY (8669).
The Bay Terrace shopping center
(next to the movie theatre)
210-35 26th Avenue
Bayside, NY, 11360
Phone: 718-224-TONY (8669)
Credit: All cards accepted
Hours: Open 7-days-a-week for lunch and dinner
Parking: Plentiful and free
Take out available and free delivery