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Greek Bakeries

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.

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  1. Poseidon on 9th Avenue.

    1. 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.

      1. I love Omonia Cafe in Astoria at 3220 Broadway. Best greek pastries that I am aware of.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.)

            Poseidon Bakery
            629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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            1. re: MikeG

              I haven't noticed any falloff in quality at Poseidon. I've been going there on and off for several years, and the last time I was there was within the last three months or so. But I hear you about sugar syrup vs. honey. Maybe I don't go there frequently enough to have noticed.

              1. re: Pan

                I have never been to Poseidon, but just want to say that there's nothing wrong with sugar syrup - sugar syrup is indeed 'authentic' and how most Greek pastries and cakes are prepared in Greece.

                1. re: dmoutsop

                  Poseidon is mediocre. Their finikia have an off-taste due probably to the fat they use and sweetener. There's nothing wrong with sugar syrup per se but some recipes should have a quality honey and definitely NOT corn syrup.

                  Poseidon Bakery
                  629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            2. Interrnational (Foods? Grocery?) on 9th & 40th is owned by Greeks and they usually have a tray or 3 of something pastry-ish. I haven't tried that either, but if you're heading to Poseidon, it's close enough for a look.

                1. If you are seeking out pastries such as baklava & kataif, you may want to check out Güllüoglu at 982 Second Ave. It's Turkish rather than Greek, but good pastry knows no geographical boundaries.

                  982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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                  1. re: boredough

                    Yeah, I went there oh gosh! I just realized it has to be at least 2 years ago, as I went with my mother who died in July of 2010. :(

                    Anyway, we liked their offerings very much.

                  2. My favorite is the highly rated Artopolis in Astoria. Quite elegant with a lovely cafe, too. The melomakarona (honey cookies) are to die for but everything is outstanding.

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                    1. re: City Kid

                      Artopolis is the best in the city by far and not very far off from the best you would get in Greece. I think they would do really well with a Manhattan outpost,

                      1. re: MVNYC

                        MVNYC: Artopolis does sell a selection of their stuff wholesale to some places in Manhattan including Champignon, which is near me on Madison & 96th St. Not sure about other outlets.

                        Champignon Cafe
                        1389 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029

                        1. re: City Kid

                          They also sell pastries to a number of restaurants as well. Still the bakery itself is a really nice place to sit and linger with a coffee.

                      2. re: City Kid

                        Artopolis has an outpost on Amsterdam Ave. near 114th St. (across from St. Luke's hospital complex).

                        Second Gulluoglu: many flavors of baklava!

                        Artopolis Espresso
                        1090 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                        982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022