Medeterranian restaurant wows in Bay Ridge

Welcome: Tony shows off the Grape Vine at 8303 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge.
Photo by Bess Adler

Bay Ridge

Heard it through the grapevine

If you’re jonsing for falafal or need to satisfy that sweet tooth with a little slice of baklawa heaven, Lebanese style, you need to visit the Grapevine, it’s the tastiest, bestest place for middle-eastern food this side of Tripoli.

Tony and Marie Aflak opened up the catering-take-out-with a few tables, eatery about a month ago, and are filling up the seats.

“I’m getting to network and meet a lot of people and a lot of people are taking a liking to me,” said Marie.

And what’s not to like?

Marie’s cooking talents are in her genes.

“Her dad who owned Mideast Bakery, made the best homemade pita-bread, and her mom’s bird’s nest was the most delicious I’ve ever had,” said Jeanne a long-time fan from the neighborhood. “Marie got the best cooking talents from both parents and I know that the reputation of good quality food has been passed down to her. The crust on her spinach pie is lighter than air and flaky and scrumptious.”

Marie is a trained chef and has been a caterer for the past 10 years.

“Now that my boys are older (6 and 10) I feel I can commit to the demands of a food business,” she said.

Husband Tony is no slouch either, he was an entrepreneur in Antigua, where the couple met, and had a thriving retail business in women’s clothing.

Marie and Tony keep the kabobs and homemade curry soups flowing Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 8 pm with daily specials listed on their facebook page. Delivery is free.

Grapevine Mediterranean Kitchen [8303 Third Ave. at 83rd Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 238–8463].

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