Elias Corner in Astoria
I've long been a fan but recently heard many comments of decline -
what's an alternative for that experience (informal, inexpensive,
like seeing the raw fish available)? Has anyone been there lately?
I would recommend Agnanti (Ditmars & 19th) right by Astoria Park. Wonderful fresh fish, reasonable prices and delish preparations. Just be warned of the long wait for a table on a Friday or Saturday night, even with a reservation. Would suggest going at a bit of an off hour/day to avoid the crowd.
I have also heard very good things about Kyclades (sp?) on Ditmars and 33rd/34th (right next to Top Tomato). I haven't eaten there personally. Not sure if there's a display of the fish there.
dont waste your time on elias. hasnt been good for many years. kyclades is the place to go. really fresh, friendly service excellent food. i go there all the time and always recommend to friends. have 2 sets of friends that live in new jersey who make the trip just to go to kyclades. give it a try-you wont be disappointed.
I love the fish at Kyclades. They do it very simply but when the fish and seafood are as good as they are here, you do not want to mess around with it too much anyway.
If that's the experience that you want (ie: picking out a fish and having it prepared for you simply and excellently), and you're not locked into it being a Greek place in Astoria, you might try:
24-25 Steinway St
Astoria, NY 11103
Phone: (718) 721-9010
Egyptian, with a relatively small menu; they'll grill or oven-bake a fish of your choosing and bring it to you with pita, olives, and lemon -- it's fresh and wonderful stuff.