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jfmirabella Jun 23, 2009 05:10 AM

Enjoyed the Butchers Platter at Ta Vlahika, a new entry by the owners of Stamatis.
It opens on a corner of 31st. amd 23 rd, where many restaurants have failed. A medium Butches Platter easily fed three. Ask the Waitress the contents for there is a liver item which may not appeal to everyone.

It was a positive experience.

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  1. Gastronomos RE: jfmirabella Jul 7, 2009 01:48 PM

    Is it just me or have the prices at Stamatis gone way above the quality of the food, preparation and (lack of) service? Haven't been since December (on our two to three visits per year), but that may be because of the price shock last visit. How are the prices at "Ta Vlahika"?

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      jfmirabella RE: Gastronomos Jul 7, 2009 03:40 PM

      Ta Vlahika is an upscale Gryo Shop. Prices seem to be in line with the Gyro Corner.
      Service was good and food was fresh.

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        squid kun RE: Gastronomos Jul 7, 2009 06:13 PM

        Ta Vlahika's place page includes a menu link ...

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        Ta Vlahika
        31-01 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

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          marburyqueens RE: Gastronomos Sep 22, 2009 05:32 PM

          Stamatis is pretty bad these days. I used to get a lot of take out food and got to know the guys behind the counter pretty well. They now waive off most of the items I ask for and just direct me towards a pasticchio or mousaka. They might as well waive me out the door.

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            Gastronomos RE: marburyqueens Sep 23, 2009 06:54 AM

            Were you standing next to me on my last visit there?? LOL!!!!!!!!!

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              Gastronomos RE: marburyqueens Mar 30, 2010 05:47 AM

              Update. Spoke with Anna, Stamatis wife, who also helps run the place. She said that non-Greek customers "don't know Greek food" and that all they want is "spinach pie and mousaka". She got upset at the last string of orders by non-Greeks who "sent back the food." She said that she doesn't screen people at the door, but if you don't speak Greek or know what you want right away, the wait staff will direct you to pastichio and mousaka, lemon potatoes and the like. For what it's worth, I loathe the place, mostly for the generic Greek food they serve. Sadly though, it is the ONLY eatery in Astoria (or NYC for that matter) serving old school steam table fare that is usually relatively fresh. The generic blandness of the food and the luke warm temperature keeps the place the geriatric ward that it has always been. The prices are WAY TOO HIGH for what you get. I haven't been served a single dish of any kind worth more than ten dollars. Not One. Luckily for me I haven't paid for anything there in a long while and the only reason I go is because of an invitation by an elder that loves the place. I remember, also, not to order anything from the grill of deep fryer. Especially not the biftekia or the fried calamari. Enough said. Wishing you better eating and good times somewhere else.

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              Stamatis
              29-09 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

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