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Greek in Astoria

jdogg80 Feb 27, 2009 09:48 AM

My husband and I have been to two great Greek restaurants in Astoria that we really enjoyed- Telly's Taverna and Kyclades. Any others to recommend? We especially love fresh fish and spinach pie! Thanks!

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    bnemes3343 RE: jdogg80 Feb 27, 2009 09:52 AM

    I really like Aegean Cove in Astoria. We've only been once, but the food was fabulous, from the grilled octopus, through the fresh fish and the very, very delicious yogurt dessert. Someone responded to my revue that they didn't like their experience there, but our experience was as good as it gets. If it weren't nearly an hour long drive, we'd go more often.


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      queenseats RE: bnemes3343 Feb 27, 2009 10:35 AM

      Philoxenia, Agnanti

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        quentinC RE: queenseats Feb 28, 2009 08:39 AM

        My hands down fave in the neighborhood these days is Loukoumi on Ditmars and 47th st. really fresh fish and mezze and an incredibly friendly staff. The couple have owned restaurants in Astoria since the 70's- most recently Ploes. Loukoumi is cheaper and more traditional than Ploes was. I miss Ploes, but I now go to Loukoumi about once a week-- they have a little garden in the back that is nice in the summer- it gets pleasantly rowdy on the weekends.

        45-07 Ditmars Blvd.
        Astoria, NY 11105
        (718) 626-3200

    2. PlomeekSoup RE: jdogg80 Mar 3, 2009 12:39 PM

      I like Aegean Cove, but they do not serve spinach pie.

      I like the spinach pie at Zenon, but since I don't eat fish, I can't attest to the quality or freshness: http://www.zenontaverna.com/index.html

      1. CCSPRINGS RE: jdogg80 Mar 23, 2009 05:54 PM

        Aliada on Bway and 29th. I may be off by a block or two. They are Greek/Cypriat. Great salads. Grilled octopus was stellar. Very nice atmosphere.

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          BLover33 RE: jdogg80 Mar 23, 2009 08:44 PM

          Agree, Aegean Cove was fantastic! very fresh fish and amazing grilled octopus

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            hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: jdogg80 Mar 24, 2009 11:29 AM

            I used to live in Astoria. Kyclades is my favorite but I also liked Ellias Corner. 31st street and and 24th avenue (right near the beer garden). It's a great place for simply prepared fish. I prefer it in the summer since they have a great outdoor patio in the back.

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              financialdistrictresident RE: hudsonvalleyfoodblog May 4, 2009 03:31 AM

              hudsonvalleyfoodblog, we also like Kyclades the best. We have tried others but keep returning to Kyclades. Maybe we need to check out Elias Corner which I have heard about for years.

              PS There are 2 Greek restaurants in the Capital Region and 1 in Barrington, MA. Where do you get your Greek food fix in the Hudson Valley? Or do you just return to Astoria?


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                hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: financialdistrictresident May 5, 2009 12:54 PM

                Unfortunately I don't get Greek in the Hudson Valley. I have very few options in Dutchess county. I tried one place but was really disappointed. Instead we try to stop in Astoria when we can.

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                  financialdistrictresident RE: hudsonvalleyfoodblog May 5, 2009 02:54 PM

                  Looks like I'll be doing the same. Or driving to Great Barrington (one Greek restaurant). After driving an hour might as well double it and head straight to Astoria . . .

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              cixous RE: jdogg80 Mar 25, 2009 10:13 AM

              I like Agnanti.

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                GreekGddss RE: jdogg80 Apr 10, 2009 09:24 PM

                Ovelia (contemporary), Agnanti (traditional), Aegean Cove (slightly more refined).

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                  financialdistrictresident RE: GreekGddss Jun 6, 2009 12:34 PM

                  We're trying Aegean Cove tonight (a change of pace from Kyclades). Apparently they also own the restaurant in Great Barrington, MA. We'll report back on our experience.

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                    financialdistrictresident RE: financialdistrictresident Jun 7, 2009 05:20 AM

                    We went to Aegean Cove last night for the first time. Made a reservation on www.opentable.com. We realized this was the place our Pylos server, Bobby had suggested (I believe Bobby returned to Greece). It was a nice change of pace from Kyclades. A bit more upscale and refined, less lively then a taverna. Service was excellent. We sat on the roof deck. Now on to the food:

                    We nibbled on some bread and a chickpea dip, decided on a bottle of wine.

                    *Octapodi - grilled octopus with capers, red peppers, bermuda onions and red wine vinaigrette - cooked perfectly, delicious

                    *Zucchini croquettes with feta, kefalograviera cheese and fresh herbs with caper yogurt sauce - good, we thought we were ordering the "chips." Next time we'll try the chips.

                    *Mussels with onions, garlic, fresh thyme, in feta wine broth. Very good. We weren't sure whether to order this mussel dish or the special (mussels sauteed with tomato and feta). As we left, the couple next to us advised we should order the special next time.

                    *Oven baked feta over eggplant salad drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze. Very good. Probably wouldn't get this again, would try something else.

                    We finished with some Greek coffees, complimentary dessert, after dinner drinks, a brandy. Very good experience. We would definitely go back and look forward to trying their restaurant in Great Barrington, MA.

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                  FoodGuy125 RE: jdogg80 Apr 21, 2009 08:09 AM

                  Great spinach pie at Ovelia......34th street and 30th avenue....

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                    Peter Cherches RE: jdogg80 May 11, 2009 01:49 PM

                    I was bowled over by S'Agapo, technically Cretan. A bunch of us basically shared the bulk of the hot and cold mezedes on offer.


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                      buttertart RE: Peter Cherches May 11, 2009 02:48 PM

                      Oh great, thanks for this, didn't know S'Agapo was Cretan. I've been looking for Cretan food in NY since going to Dakos (a wonderful restaurant) in Athens over the holidays.

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                        donovt RE: buttertart May 12, 2009 05:56 AM

                        S'Agapo is fantastic. I was never a huge fan of Greek food until I went to Crete a few years ago and had some of the best meals of my life. I had a Cretan slow cooked lamb special at S'agapo once that really made me feel like I was back in Crete.

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                          Wet Towel RE: donovt May 14, 2009 10:49 AM

                          S'Agapo is outstanding.

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                      jdream RE: jdogg80 May 17, 2009 09:19 AM

                      I agree that Kyclades is excellent. For a close second Akti on 30th ave is often overlooked but has wonderful food. And a whole fish there the other day, served with a little olive oil, capers and parsley-- perfectly cooked. Also the zucchini chips with tzatziki and their greek salad (ripe produce!) are excellent.

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                        MangiaMan RE: jdogg80 May 21, 2009 10:53 AM

                        Try Xenon, which is really Ciprian, or Xenophilia.

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