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Kopiaste - Astoria

Gastronomos Jan 24, 2014 06:11 PM

Cyprus meze - a tasting menu of 17 or more traditional Cypriot meze for $22! (for those that do not know meze, you may think of them as similar to tapas found in Spain) . A bargain for the house made sausages and delicious food that is actually too much to finish.
Really a welcome change to the more simple and plain offerings of the grilled fish houses and blandness of the steam table joints.

The food here is seasoned and very tasty.


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    wewwew Jan 26, 2014 01:28 PM

    The web site specifies that meze are for two. Any chance for a solo eater around this?

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    1. re: wewwew
      Gastronomos Jan 26, 2014 01:31 PM

      The entire menu is super fantastic. A solo eater can do very well ordering anything from the regular menu.

      The food here is very good, house made by a chef and fully seasoned.

      It's not simple plain grilled fish place, but I think the menu might have a fish on it.

      Hope you do enjoy and please report back.

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      versicle Jan 30, 2014 09:55 AM

      Do they offer a vegetarian version of the meze extravaganza? It doesn't look like it from the online menu. Zenon Taverna does a meatless version of this.

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      1. re: versicle
        Gastronomos Jan 30, 2014 10:02 AM

        I did not ask if they do a vegetarian version. The menu version is very heavy on the pork. Mostly pork preperations. And everything is house made, not commercially bought and simply heated and served, like many other places...

        I will say that although I do not have anything really "bad" to say about Zenon, the food we had at Kopiaste is FAR better. Better tasting, MUCH better seasoned and much more CARE in the preperation was clearly seen by all of us at the table.

        I would definitley give them a call for the option of a vegetarian Meze. Otherwise, the regular menu does have some vegetarian options...

        1. re: versicle
          squid kun Feb 4, 2014 08:00 PM

          I called about this and was told that they'll replace some meat dishes if you prefer; one of the two zucchini apps could be a possibility. But there aren't enough meatless options that aren't already part of the meze combo to sub out all nine non-veg dishes—at least without repeating seasonings or burying you in variations on cheese or similarly dressed salads.

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