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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.

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    adam Jan 23, 2007 10:01 AM

    Poseidon on 9th Avenue.

    1. nyufoodie Jan 23, 2007 12:50 PM

      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.

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        Stewdude Jan 23, 2007 01:17 PM

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

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          kayonyc Jan 23, 2007 01:55 PM

          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.

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            MikeG Jan 23, 2007 03:03 PM

            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.)

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

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              Pan Jan 24, 2007 08:16 PM

              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.

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                dmoutsop Jan 30, 2012 11:45 PM

                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.

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                  Pookipichu Jan 31, 2012 09:30 AM

                  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.

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

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              MikeG Jan 24, 2007 10:13 AM

              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.

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                kleinfortlee Jan 24, 2007 04:34 PM

                poseidon

                1. boredough Jan 31, 2012 06:33 AM

                  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.

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                  Gulluoglu
                  982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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                    Pan Jan 31, 2012 11:45 PM

                    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.

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                    City Kid Jan 31, 2012 06:38 AM

                    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.
                    http://www.artopolis.net/

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                      MVNYC Jan 31, 2012 10:57 AM

                      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,

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                        City Kid Jan 31, 2012 02:50 PM

                        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.

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                        Champignon Cafe
                        1389 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029

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                          MVNYC Jan 31, 2012 03:06 PM

                          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.

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                            City Kid Feb 1, 2012 05:55 AM

                            Agree, fabulous!

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                        rteplow Feb 1, 2012 09:28 AM

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

                        Second Gulluoglu: many flavors of baklava!

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                        Artopolis Espresso
                        1090 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

                        Gulluoglu
                        982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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                          City Kid Feb 1, 2012 10:47 AM

                          Great to know, thanks!

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