- BoloJungle Jan 23, 2007 09:53 AM
A friend from California is in town and asked me if I knew of any good Greek bakeries in New York. Being ignorant on that particular topic, I told her to wander Astoria. I wondered if anyone had any suggestions. Thanks.
I concur with the Poseidon on 9th Avenue near the Port Authority. They sell phylo dough as well. In Astoria there's one that's very popular located on Broadway which name escapes me as I haven't been there for awhile...might be Omonia or sounded something like that...there's space to sit and sip coffee there as well. Poseidon is just a bakery not much place to sit in and linger.
I like Lefkos Pyrgos under the train station at Ditmars Blvd. Yummy phyllo pastries including baklava. I was introduced to that place by a Greek friend who declared it to be one of the best.
I think there is literally no other "Greek bakery" in Manhattan than Poseidon at this point, but temper your expectations. I don't buy stuff regularly, but we do go pretty crazy every Easter and Christmas, for years, and it's been heading slowly downhill for years IMNSHO. It's not unacceptable and maybe not even poor, but certainly not great and not even "very good" anymore. It's just been getting more and more leaden and dull, seems to me less honey in favor of sugar syrup, and stuff like that
I haven't tried them, but Kalustyan's has some nut/phyllo pastries if not specifically "Greek" that might be worth a try. For cookies and cake-y things, if you want very good or better, I think you have to go to Astoria (if there. I'm not familiar with any of them yet since I'd been sticking with Poseidon for so long.)
629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036