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Jun 28, 2010 04:51 PM

Looking for Bougatsa in NY

I will be in New York later this week for a few days. I am Greek and would love to find some good Greek food and specifically BOUGATSA (vanilla custard wrapped in phyllo pastry). I am staying in Brooklyn but can travel. Also, is it worth going to Astoria for Greek food? I hear there is a large concentration of Greeks there, is that true? Many thanks!

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  1. I am not sure of the name of what I ate, but "vanilla custard wrapped in phyllo pastry" certainly sounds like it. I had a divine version from Poseidon Bakery (9th Avenue). I can't help with sit-down greek food, though.

    Poseidon Bakery
    629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    1. Bougatsa is served at Molyvos on 7th Ave. Haven't tried their bougatsa, but I like their loukamades.

      Kellari Taverna on W 44th also serves bougatsa.

      871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

      Kellari Taverna
      19 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

      1. There's very good bougatsa at Yaya's in Astoria--get there in the morning to get it warm out of the oven. Yaya's is on 31st St. just off the 30th Ave. stop on the N/Q. I haven't tried the bougatsa at Artopolis, a little further up 31st toward Ditmars, but they're probably the best Greek bakery in the city and the rest of the pastries there are excellent.

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        1. re: versicle

          Thank you all. I am getting hungry just thinking about it! I live in Seattle and there aren't many Greek bakeries here. I plan to try a few of these recommendations. Also thank you for the links to Molyvos and Kellari, a nice Greek dinner would be great as well.

          871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

          Kellari Taverna
          19 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

          1. re: irini

            I think Astoria Queens is definitely worth the trip. It is only a 10-15minute subway ride outside of Manhattan. I live in the neighborhood and have slowly worked my way through many of the popular restaurants. Everything is so fresh and people tell me that the food is very authentic. It is definitely "very Greek" in certain parts (mainly Ditmars, the end of the N/Q line) and seems like a neighborhood stuck in time.

            I have a feeling the places in the city are overpriced and the ingredients are not as fresh as these places in Astoria.
            Taverna Kyclades
            -rated probably one of the best. I think they have the best octopus, lemon potatoes & they give you free galaktoboureko for dessert (but run out of it very quickly in the evening). Whole de-boned fish of the day with lots of lemon.

            -right across the street from Astoria Park. If it's nice, there's outdoor seating. It feels like you're a world away from NYC. Great seafood, tzatziki, chicken skewers marinated in yogurt, and giant peasant salads to share.

            Uncle George's Greek Tavern
            -I hear that this is the typical family tavern/diner. I'm a fan of their lamb leg & potatoes

            & go to Artopolis to bring a box of cookies back to Manhattan.