S.O.S. Spending a Greek Day in Astoria this Sunday
This is my first post - glad to have found chowhound!
Brief summary of my life: I'm half-greek/half-italian, recently graduated from college in Pittsburgh and moved to Manhattan in June.
Last summer - I studied abroad in Greece (dropped out a week later to travel Greece, the Islands, and Italy). Needless to say, I fell in love with the countries and I can't wait to go back.
My dad is coming up for the day on Sunday, and we wanted to take a train to Astoria and spend the day there (eating, talking about greece, relaxing with a frappe, etc).
From the previous posts - this is my game plan:
Sunday morning - Either heading to Poseidon in Manhattan or Omonia Cafe in Astoria for some baklava and greek coffee.
In between - My dad loves Greek music, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good greek specialty/music stores to browse in the afternoon.
Later: My dad is not picky - especially when it comes to greek food. But really, all we are looking for is to share some excellent calamari, a simple greek salad, a few meze, and drink a ton of retsina. We were hoping to find a place that offers some outside seating if it is nice. We need some help!
Not looking for anything too flashy - we just want to spend a nice sunday together.
I've been seeing Uncle George's, Stamatis, Agnandi, and Taverna Kyclades as recs for greek food.
Really - Any advice would be appreciated!
Zhto H Ellas!!!
For music, there's a very sizeable selection of Greek music available at the store next to
Titan Foods on 31st street in Astoria. Hopefully someone can chime in with the name of it
and some more details.
There's outside seating galore in Astoria.
For me, no trip to Astoria is complete without a visit to Artopolis.
Artopolis ---> http://www.artopolis.net/
The music store next to Titan: http://www.greekmusic.com/items~CartI...
Greek Music & Video Superstore
P. O. BOX 2009, 25-50 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11102-0001
Telephone: (718) 932-8400; 1-800-473-3522
FAX: (718) 932-4911
Importer and distributor of major Greek record companies in the U. S. and Canada. Children's and adult videos, software, some books. Online catalog.
I don't know if it is the best fried calamari in astoria, but the calamari at Taverna Kyclades is certainly the best I have had. I find it to be meltingly tender. Forget the little bowl of red sauce, all it needs is a generous squeeze of the fresh lemon that comes on the side. I am also a fan of the grilled shrimp ....so big and sweet and with a wonderful, flavorful char, I could practically eat the shells. They also have outside seating.
Stay away from Uncle George's. It slipped into mediocrity more than 10 years ago, with a few good dishes still hanging on; these days it's usually worse than that.
If some night you want something Greek at 3AM and you're on that stretch of Broadway, you'd be much better off with one of the souvlaki carts near the subway stations.
I haven't walked by Omonia in a couple of weeks; are the renovations more or less done? They were open and good as usual, but with tarps everywhere and a perilous descent to the bathrooms. There are several newer cafes on 30th Ave. as well as the good old-school Athens Cafe. Most have the requisite outdoor seating, decent pastries and bracing frappes.