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  1. Artopolis ranks pretty high with me, and if you don't like the baklava, there's enough other baked goods there to try something else. Link ---> http://www.artopolis.net/

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      I am Greek and Artopolis has the best Baklava I Have had in my life.

    2. I like Damascus Bakery on Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn. I especially like their baklava with pistachios.

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      1. re: brooklynmasala

        their baklava with pistachios is a dream. beautiful layers, not that sweet. delicious.

        1. re: brooklynmasala

          I prefer the baklava at Orient Grocery across the street, especially the cashew kind! sooo yummy!

          1. re: kazhound

            ya I've had that at Orient Grocery; I like those guys too; not sure which is the huge circular one that they cut into diamonds but I bought one of those to a party; killed!

        2. There is a bakery next door to the restaurant Opa on 31st street, close to 30th Avenue in Astoria. They make a great baklava that is always fresh and the price is great too.

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          1. re: tomatoe

            The place next to Opa is:

            Yaya's Bakery
            2846 31st St
            Astoria, NY 11102
            (718) 932-3113

            The baklava there is excellent--very sweet and loaded with honey. For those who like a drier (and less sweet) baklava, check out the incredible selection at Laziza:

            2578 Steinway St
            Astoria, NY 11103
            (718) 777-7676

            1. re: jmat

              Second Laziza! One of the best I had in the city. Their knafe is by far the best when fresh!

          2. In Brooklyn, surprisingly, on a recent try I liked the house-made pistachio baklava at D'Vine on 7th Ave better than that normally obtained Damascus - it seemed fresher .

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            1. re: jen kalb

              I second D'Vine's baklava and their sweets in general.

            2. Turkish-style baklava at Gulluoglu (Coney Island Ave. between Quentin and P) comes in several varieties and is excellent.

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              1. re: Striver

                I second Gulluoglu!! In six months in Turkey and four months in Greece I never tasted better baklava, and I was seeking it out. Both their walnut and pistachio rectangular varieties are excellent, and very moist and sweet. I find the "cream" varieties a bit too sweet and wet, but that's just me.

                1. re: Striver

                  Their chestnut baklava is beyond my wildest imaginings good.

                    1. re: bigjeff

                      Truly unbelievable. They have a shop in midtown 982 2nd Ave (52nd St). You owe it to yourself to try it.

                2. I think both Damascus on Atlantic and Laziza on Steinway are very good.

                  1. Does anybody know the name of the Greek cookies with the sandy texture? They are made from a special type of flour (forget what -- chickpea, maybe?). They are dipped in a mixtue of orange water and honey. And if you do know what these are, do any of these bakeries make a good one? Thanks.

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                    1. re: KateC.

                      Melomakarona or Phoenikia,and they are made using regular flour.

                      1. Can't say it's "best" b/c I've not sampled all the baklava in 718 but I agree with those below and don't think you'd be disappointed by the offerings at Gulluoglu in Coney Island Avenue.

                        1. Thessalikon in Astoria--best I've ever eaten in my life!

                          1. online at www.sweettillies.com they do great flavors of the orignial recipe,,

                            1. Does anyone know where you can get chocolate baklava? I had some in Turkey and it was amazing...

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                              1. re: superplume

                                Artopolis has the mini chocolate baklava
                                they are delicious

                              2. This is an old thread but I want to comment that Artopolis is still banging out the best baklava there is. It is the only place out there that actually bests my Yia Yia's and that is high praise

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                                1. re: MVNYC

                                  Let's also give a shout out to Artopolis for their excellent Melomakarona.

                                  1. re: Cheese Boy

                                    Really everything I have had here is excellent and the best version of it I have had outside of Greece. The circular spanikopita are phenomenal, the koulouria are as well. They also have a number of other baked goods that are either not Greek or just stuff I have never heard of that are good. The kourambiedes are good too, the best store version I have had but they can't top my mothers.

                                    I need to get out to Astoria more often.

                                    1. re: MVNYC

                                      Najjar, on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge (between Bay Ridge Ave and Ovington, I believe) has excellent baklava -- pistachio, walnut, you name it. They sell it in bulk under the name Sweet Delights. A bunch of local restaurants, including Tanoreen, buy their desserts from them. Plus, ridiculously cheap.

                                      1. re: MVNYC

                                        Finally got around to Artopolis last weekend, and couldn't agree more with the other posts. Their pastries and backed goods are terrific (and the store itself is beautfiul). There's a great variety of baklava, and I'd rank it as good as Guluoglu (Turkish style). We brought home a spanakopita and a tyropita ( phyllo cheese pie) - both were outstanding when crisped up in a hot oven.

                                        They also had a large assortment of flavored taralle, which I think of as Italian (and like); we'll try some next time we're out there, which will be a lot sooner than I would have thought!!

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                                        Artopolis
                                        23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

                                        1. re: Striver

                                          The taralli are very good there, I got a mixed bunch the last time I was there. I couldn't recommend Artopolis higher. Really a terrific place. The last time I was there the owner heard me ordering with correct Greek pronunciations and we got to talking. I ended up trying pretty much everything in the place. Really nice people there too.

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                                          Artopolis
                                          23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

                                          1. re: Striver

                                            does artopollis use butter? so much of the greek baklava ive had in the last few years does not.

                                            1. re: jen kalb

                                              Yes, the owner is from Northern Greece

                                              1. re: MVNYC

                                                Agree that this place is a find. And they are inside the same mini-mall, Agora Plaza, as the source of the best yogurt outside Greece, at Mediterranean Foods. They have a sit down "cafe" area for sampling the drinks and sugary treats. Lovely display; also very good cheese-stuffed savory pastries--I wish I knew the differences between all the ones filled with cheese and spinach.

                                    2. My favorite Turkish baklava in NY is at Gulluoglu (52nd @ 2nd Ave in Manhattan, on Coney Island Ave in BKLYN and now at 31st Ave and 31st St in Astoria.

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                                      Gulluoglu
                                      1985 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

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                                      1. re: taxigourmet

                                        Agreed, especially the chstnut-stuffed ones. Ooh.