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  • chefcoleman Jan 18, 2004 10:26 AM

There is much talk about Greek food in Astoria (for obvious reason) but I rarely see Aliada (30th st. & Broadway) mentioned...either good or bad. I have seen a few mentions inside some threads but not too much...

I will admit a soft spot for Aliada as it was my first meal in NYC after moving here 16 months ago. We were treated quite well and had a great meal (save for the sweetbreads...see below). I have always found the service pleasant but find it odd I can sit there well after I am done and NEVER get the check until I ask for it...seems to be true at many restaurants Queens.

Overall I find the appetizers to be the most appealing except for the glykadakia (sautéed sweetbreads) which were chewy and did not have the membrane removed...inedible. I prefer the grilled octopus here to S'Agapo (where I had to send it back...clearly old and fishy...only one of three dishes I have sent back to the kitchen in memory). The grilled halloumi cheese, not a great value compared to the rest of the menu but a fun dish and the fried zucchini & eggplant are nice starters.

The platters are a good value, but inconsistent...the donner (lamb) was quite tough the one time I tried it, but I find the falafel to be a great comfort dish, if all starch.

Overall I have had average to very good meals here, with my companions pretty much agreeing...any thoughts?

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  1. I went for the first time on New Year's Eve, and found the souvlaki to be nice and tender. The stuffed grape leaves were obviously homemade. Good lemon potatoes too. This place is only a block from me, so I will definitely be going more often.

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    1. re: Chorus Girl
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      Renate Valencia

      I went to Aliada when they first opened and
      really liked the food. It was delicate w/o
      being snooty, and I liked the cold mixed appetizer plate
      very much.

      Portions are a bit skimpy for this neck of the
      woods, though....what do you think?

      Renate

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      Natasa Sevoleva

      Lunch for six at Aliada. I ordered the Siftalia. Told to wait an additional 15 minutes. Gladly waited and was treated to nice siftalia wrapped in aluminum foil (?).
      Dining partners ordered the specials of the day. One order lamb. "Excellent" it was described to me. Three orders afelia. Miserable experience. It seems that in an effort to show some semblance of quality in Astoria, where the majority strive for something completely different, the cook threw in pork loin chunks, therefore dehydrating the low fat meat. "Inedible", "Flavorless", "Is there a condiment that goes with this dish?", "It's just a bit bland", were the comments to the waiter. It comes, untraditionally, with a mound of rice (?) and three lemon-roasted potatoes (?). One order of yemista. I tried these as well. OK. Standard. Not bad in comparison to the afelia. The winner, clearly, was the siftalia, although the lamb came in a close second.

      After the check came three shots of Zivania, gratis.

      Will return for the siftalia, but would be hesitant to try something else.

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      1. re: Natasa Sevoleva

        What exactly is siftalia? I may be going to Aliada on Saturday & if it sounds interesting I'll order it.

      2. My wife and I like this place, though personally I've only had souvlaki there.

        She's had spinach pie and some other things which I can't recally off the top of my head, although we've always enjoyed meals there.

        Their saganaki is pretty good also.

        1. Where were you people when this place was Lemonia??? My goodness it was fantastic. Good ole Astoria greek...(sigh...) Romano's and Opa Opa don't do it justice.

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          1. re: Nick

            Nick you are comparing apples to oranges

            Aliada opened just a couple of years ago lets see how long it lasts

            Tony souvlaki is not exactly clean or good at all

            BUT Romanos is the only Clean restaurant serving that type of food. Also the gyro is homemade and not bought from Kronos which is the case in most gyro and souvlaki places. Romanos Famous is inexpensive and the food is very good. I would just rather go to a place thats been in business for over 25 years and runned by the same family. There is a reason they are still around.

            As for Lemonia no comment

            1. re: Nick

              Nick you are comparing apples to oranges

              Aliada opened just a couple of years ago lets see how long it lasts

              Tony souvlaki is not exactly clean or good at all

              BUT Romanos is the only Clean restaurant serving that type of food. Also the gyro is homemade and not bought from Kronos which is the case in most gyro and souvlaki places. Romanos Famous is inexpensive and the food is very good. I would just rather go to a place thats been in business for over 25 years and runned by the same family. There is a reason they are still around.

              As for Lemonia no comment

              1. re: Nick

                Aliada is excellent! The wood-smoked mushrooms and octopus are favorites, and I love the salad with potato and beets over a greek mixed greens, with scallions, cabbage, and parsley. One of my favorites.

              2. I like the food at Aliada. I usually get the Chicken Souvlaki platter - a great value. The flat bread is delicious and so is the rice that comes with it. The white yogurt-like dipping sauce is a great match with the chicken. I think this is a pretty healthy meal.

                1. I happen to love this place. When I lived in Astoria, for a sit down Greek meal with a date or friends it was always my go to place. Always enjoyed everything I've eaten there, and have always thought the food was fresh and well prepared.

                  As for the posters that talked about Lemonia and Romano's, I do miss Lemonia's Spanakopita. You knew they were just crankin' out trays of this stuff, and it was just delicious and inexpensive. Terrific grab and go eats.

                  As for Romano's I'll go out on a limb and say it's one of, if not the best Gyro in the city (especially for the price).

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                  1. re: NYEpicuriosity

                    I've said it before about Romanos on Broadway
                    I agree with you it is my favorite place.....especially the gyro
                    I really feel they have the best Pita Sandwiches in the city