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We have been to Stamatis and Tellys but looking for another great Greek restaurant with great fish. Would consider a great Italian place as well for this Saturday. Thanks!

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

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  1. Almost everyone agrees the best Greek fish place in Astoria is Taverna Kyclades on Ditmars around 33st. Hugely popular for ever. At normal dinner hours expect a line, but it moves reasonably quickly.

    For italian, the best in Astoria is Trattoria L'Incontro at the NW corner of Ditmars and 31st street.

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    Trattoria L'Incontro
    21-76 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

    Taverna Kyclades
    3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

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    1. re: Anicca

      Trattoria L'Incontro is definitely a superb Italian restaurant, honestly IMO the hidden gem of Italian in NYC. Just amazing. There are always at least a dozen specials, each done just about perfect.

      Zenon Taverna (on 31st Ave at 35th or so, right next to Il Bambino and that Burek place) has amazing seafood (and other stuff, I guess, but their octopus is unreal, and I only get seafood there). They're Cypriots, there. And Elias Corner on 31st st. and, I think, 24th Ave. is straight up cash-only, check the fish selection, pick it, tell-em-how-you-want-it goodness.

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      Trattoria L'Incontro
      21-76 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

      Zenon
      34-10 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

      Elias Corner
      24-02 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

      1. re: Anicca

        No, I don't think almost everyone agrees that Kyclades is the best Astoria Greek.
        Personally, I prefer Agnanti near Astoria Park, and the swarms of customers there would seem to agree. The best skordalia in Astoria is at Agnanti. The tomatokeftedes are miraculous, and perhaps unique in Astoria. Almost everyone would agree with that? Perhaps.

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        Agnanti
        19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

        1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens

          Have to disagree with you. Used to go to Agnanti and to me it has gone down. Kyclades has the best fish in Astoria.

          1. re: irvingk

            i vote for Kyclades as the best seafood in Astoria as well. Pretty much everyone i know feels the same way too.

            1. re: mshpook

              Agnanti is not good. I was amazed at how poor it was, actually.
              If swarms of customers mean something is best then I have been missing out on Applebees, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden......... should I go on?

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              Agnanti
              19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

              1. re: dietndesire

                Right, but what I see at Agnanti is a lot of people speaking Greek, and they have a lot of options in the neighborhood. It's easily one of the best of its kind in Astoria, IMO and that of so many others.

                "Amazed how poor it was"?

                You have so many posts, I don't remember seeing any about an amazingly poor meal there before. What was so amazingly poor about it?

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                Agnanti
                19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

                1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens

                  I live a couple of blocks from Agnanti and wanted to love it so much. I have been a few times. Obviously, the location is nice.

                  But honestly, it always disappoints. Rude, gruff, often indifferent service (we're not Greek) and food that is nothing special compared with any of a dozen other prominent Greek places in Astoria. At least as far as we can tell.

                  We walk all the way to Kyclades about every 6 weeks, and ALWAYS have a great time and a great meal!

                  Facts is facts.

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                  Agnanti
                  19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

                  1. re: Anicca

                    Another silly person who for some reason doesn't prefer Kyclades...

                    http://nymag.com/restaurants/cheapeat...

                    1. re: Anicca

                      Ditto. I'd love to have an excellent, outdoor meal on the corner of Astoria Park. I once did, right when Agnanti opened. But each time I've been back I've been disappointed in the food, surprised at the rudeness of waiters and the owner, and thus I won't go back. I so wanted to like this pplace.

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                      Agnanti
                      19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

                2. re: mshpook

                  I agree for seafoad it's outrageous but i'm still a sucker for stamatis for almost everything eise

                  1. re: mshpook

                    Went to Kyclades this past Friday night for the first time. LOved it! Had the huge greek salad, which is a meal in itself...crab stuff clams which was excellent and the clams were unbelievely tender...grilled scallops & bass, both melt in your mouth. Will definitely be back.

                    Am enjoying working my way through a list of greek recomentations from the list from this entire posting.

                    Astoria is a food haven.

                3. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens

                  i'm in the never cared for Agnanti camp as well, sorry. Tried it a few times.

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                  Agnanti
                  19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

                  1. re: janie

                    We ended up eating at Aegean Cove and the food was superb, service was great - unfortunately there was a private party so we couldn't be seated on their outdoor terrace - but I would highly recommend trying this restaurant and in addition there was NO PROBLEM parking the car!

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                    Aegean Cove
                    20-01 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11105

                    1. re: mboxermd

                      Second Aegean Cove! We tried their Queens Restaurant Week prix fixe menu earlier tonight and really enjoyed our meal, though we left ambivalent (read on for details).

                      One of us is vegetarian (moi), and the owner/waitors went out of their way to accomodate that -- even creating an off-menu zucchini croquette served with tzatziki. It was full of dill and garlic; crispy outside, but so soft inside and surprisingly light.

                      We also really enjoyed the beet appetizer, which was served with a very potent (and very delicious) garlic puree.

                      The fava bean app, which served as my main, was also quite good. The beans had been simmered with tomatoes and onions and spices -- the best version of the dish I've ever tried. Low on oil and high on flavor, with perfeclty cooked, soft and creamy fava beans.

                      The greek salad was ho-hum -- not the freshest veggies, unfortuntely. And the salmon main dish was surprisingly smothered in a tomato-onion-capers sauce -- not quite what we expected, but reportedly tasty (according to my D.C.).

                      The walnut baklava was good -- about average -- but the greek yogurt dessert was exceptional. Creamy and rich yogurt, topped with ground and whole walnuts, honey and some kind of slightly sour, fruity sauce (pomegranate?). It was a satisfying combination of nutty, sweet (tempered by sour) and creamy flavors.

                      The service was attentive, and the overall quality of the food was much higher than many Astoria Greek places. The price, however, somehow climbed well above the $25/person prix fixe rate (blame it on a single glass of wine each?) to something like $45 per person, when all was said and done. It was certainly a very good meal, but I'm not sure it was THAT great.

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                      Aegean Cove
                      20-01 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11105

                    2. re: janie

                      I am also in the don't care for Agnati camp. Didn't impress me at all.

                4. Bahari on Broadway is fabulous for Greek. It is my new "go-to Greek" since the closing of S'Agapo.

                  i would love anyone who is Italian and a picky foodie to weigh in on L'Incontro. It seems terribly pricey for the neighborhood and the blaring Bocelli music on the web site is a very bad sign for me! Caveat: I am Italian and am really picky about restaurant Italian. Il Nido is the standard, since I cook evening dinners at a better level than Becco in 30 minutes. Thanks!

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                  Bahari
                  31-14 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

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                  1. re: divacooks

                    I'm not a fan of L'Incontro. The one meal I had there was nothing special and overpriced, IMO. I really like Ornella Trattoria, though I admit I have only been once. I am planning to return soon to see if it remains in my fave list for the neighborhood. Frankly, I'm a bit scared/intimidated of most of the Italian places in Astoria (e.g., Piccola Venezia) so I tend to stick to further east in Queens and Brooklyn when I am in the mood for Italian.

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                    Piccola Venezia
                    42-01 28th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

                    Ornella
                    29-17 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

                    1. re: divacooks

                      Have you tried the place that replaced S'Agapo- Taverna Sofia? Cause it's damn good. Tried several weeks ago when friends from abroad (Italy) visited. They were mightily impressed. All dishes were excellent. Would recommend it to anyone. Have been to Agnanti, just not in a couple of years though. Agnanti is quite good, and worth waiting on a line for. As for gruff service, who cares you're there to eat, not to make love to the waitress.

                      As for L'incontro, any Italian place that would even think of playing Bocelli is low class. Call me a snob but pretty much all Amero-Italian places have generally the same feel, just some are more expensive. Just don't get me started on Italian desserts!!

                      1. re: divacooks

                        Don't like L'Incontro. Ho-hum food in terms of flavor, nothing that is particularly special about the menu. In contrast, Piccolo Venezia's food was spot-on. Everything was well-seasoned and cooked properly.

                      2. It's kind of a contemporary Italian-American blend, but Vesta is probably one of the best restaurants in Astoria to take a date, your parents, or a large group.

                        1. I've never had seafood at Agnanti. Perhaps those who weren't fans should try their other dishes, particularly the ones from the Constantinople section of the menu since that's Agnanti's speciality. Not stunningly stellar, but tasty.

                          On the seafood topic, I tried Kyclades for the first time last month and I was sorely disappointed. The octopus was overcooked and tasted very strongly of ReaLemon. Unpleasant, and made me suspect it might have been frozen. For an entree I had the stuffed shrimp which quite simply seemed off, complete with a disturbing aftertaste. Never again!

                          I've had positive experiences at Philoxenia and Akti.

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                          Agnanti
                          19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

                          Philoxenia
                          32-07 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                          Akti
                          34-19 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

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                          1. re: MishaZ

                            Everyone raves about the endless amount of great restaurants in Astoria, but it doesn't really seem like there is a comprehensive list of agreement at all--all I see is Vesta offered up repeatedly and their menu does nothing for me particularly...Bare burger was a total ripoff, too and downiright mediocre---Kyclades has been repeatedly tried on this board as hyped and over the hill and not even serving fresh food--so, where exactly are these great no can fail spots to eat? Which ones are affordable and which ones are more pricey? It would be nice to see an updated list for both restaurants and markets---because many of the restaurants I've gone to are overpriced Manhattan like places that have failed on portions and value---but there are still several markets that I like to shop at....thanks for some updated info fo from those that LIVE in the neighborhood not just visit once in awhile...because I have some real doubt as the consistency of these opinions and for those of us that visit, we are not up to date.........thanks...

                            1. re: janie

                              Janie, my favs in the Astoria 'hood are:

                              *Zenon Taverna on 31st Ave. for very decent, economical Cypriot homecooking,
                              *Arepas Cafe on 36th Ave. for good-quality arepas and a homey vibe,
                              *Lorusso (near Astoria Blvd.) for amazingly cheap, filling and delicious foccacia (but skip their mediocre pizza) and airy-light, homemade tiramisu,
                              *LINN on Bway for wonderful, high-quality, exquisite Japanese food (a bit on the pricey side for this 'hood),
                              *Cafe Triskell on 36th Ave. for authentic French crepes (both savory and sweet),
                              *Homemade Falafel on Bway for Lebanese homecooking (love the tangy baba ganoush!)
                              *Gulluoglu on 31st St. for Turkish snacks and baklava (great quality; nice tea, too)
                              *Leng Lan Thai on Bway for decent neighborhood Thai food (it's my go-to place, though it doesn't hold a candle the great places in Elmhurst)
                              *Los Portales on Bway for decently authentic and very economical Mexican tacos (great salsa verde!)

                              I've also heard great things about Astor Bake Shop, Duzan, Cedar Meat House, Homemade Taqueria, Cevabdzinica Sarjevo, and Bistro 33.

                              I tend to be skeptical of many of the newer wave of Astoria restos -- Queens Kickshaw is the best of the lot, if you ask me (nice owners, too!)...the others are pretty mediocre and over-priced. I also avoid the food at the clubby Euro places -- they're great for sipping a beer but the food is also over-priced and mostly pretty awful.

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                              Cafe Triskell
                              33-04 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                              Cevabdzinica Sarajevo
                              37-18 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

                              Arepas Cafe
                              33-07 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                              Zenon
                              34-10 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                              Leng
                              33-09 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                              Bistro 33
                              19-33 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

                              Cedars Meat House
                              41-08 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

                              Linn
                              29-13 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                              Los Portales
                              25-08 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                              Lorusso
                              18-01 26th Rd, Queens, NY 11102

                              Duzan
                              24-11 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

                              Astor Bake Shop
                              12-23 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102

                              Queens Kickshaw
                              40-17 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103

                              Gulluoglu
                              30-92 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

                              Homemade Falafel
                              36-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                              Home Made Taqueria
                              45-09 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

                              1. re: CitySpoonful

                                thank you --good list, will try to hit up some of those places, as I'm there on wednesdays for the next couple months..went to Gullohglu and got some very fresh eggplant tomato based spread, and mixed variety of baklava which was very good, and some boxed items. It is a very lovely little spot. And the fresh mozzarella unsalted balls are delicious from Rosario's and their pizza is great , too

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                                Rosario's Deli
                                22-55 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

                                Gulluoglu
                                30-92 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

                                1. re: janie

                                  Just to add on:

                                  Completely agree with CitySpoonful on Arepas Cafe, Zenon, and Home Made Taqueria. I have never been disappointed by any of these. LINN is very good, though I agree that it is pricey. I stopped being a fan of Leng after one very terrible dinner there. Though the space is lovely and the prices are fair. Homemade Falafel is very good, but I wish there were more options (my point of comparison for amazing Lebanese is Wafa's). I love Queens Kickshaw's coffee, it is truly amazing. I am just not a big grilled cheese fan. I tried Sugarfreak last week. It is hyped up on Astoria sites. I thought it was very good, just also do not tend to crave Cajun food so don't imagine I'll be there very often. I have John Brown Smokehouse on my list to try.

                                  I still stand by my love for Vesta. Janie, I encourage you to try their brunch if their dinner menu does not excite you. It's very reasonable and the food is on point.

                                  Janie - As to your point about being let down by Astoria restaurants, I am hard pressed to find any neighborhood that does not have the same issues. There are no places that are universally loved (even the most popular spots - think Sri, Difara's, etc - have their detractors). I used to live in Kew Gardens...while some of the Astoria restaurants may be overhyped, it is wonderful to live in a neighborhood where I have real food options, diverse and often delicious. Astoria is a much richer food neighborhood than many others in Queens, unfortunately (they should all be so lucky).

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                                  Arepas Cafe
                                  33-07 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                                  Zenon
                                  34-10 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                                  Leng
                                  33-09 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                                  Linn
                                  29-13 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                                  Vesta
                                  21-02 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102

                                  Wafa's
                                  100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

                                  Queens Kickshaw
                                  40-17 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103

                                  Homemade Falafel
                                  36-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                                  Sugar Freak
                                  36-18 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                                  Home Made Taqueria
                                  45-09 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

                                  John Brown Smokehouse
                                  25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101