Stop 3: Astoria for Greek food. My boyfriend’s family is Greek so we are always exploring new Greek spots around the city. They have a few favorites in Astoria, including Stamatis’. However, this Saturday we decided to try out Taverna Kyclades on Ditmars Blvd. There was an hour wait at 5pm on a Saturday, but we decided to stick it out. Needless to say, it was the BEST decision we made! The food was outstanding and the service was quick – arguably a bit of a rapid turn mentality -but still friendly.
We started with the trio of dips which were the best version of each of these dips that I have ever had! Beware, there is a lot of garlic! We also got loukaniko, a traditional Greek sausage that is usually served with orange. This one was served with lemon and was a little different in flavor, so it did not have the citrus essence it usually does.
We also got the traditional Greek salad and fried Greek cheese, Saganaki. Both were fresh and flavorful. The crowning piece of the starters was the grilled octopus which truly transported me to the Greek isles. I felt like I was sitting on a beach eating octopus right out of the Mediterranean.
For the 2nd half of the feast we had roasted pork kebabs, roasted beets and grilled squid. Similar to the first course, the grilled squid was AMAZING! Talk about the best char -grilled flavor and freshest seafood!
After the feast, we still had a little room for dessert (of course)! We went to an Italian bakery recommended by some family friends – La Guli. It was festively decorated for Easter complete with bunny cakes and duck sugar cookies. They are famous for cannolis which were awesome. The best ones had the shells dipped in chocolate and filled with the traditional canoli filling. They also, of course, offer your traditional butter cookies by the pound. I wouldn’t say the pastry shop is worth the trek to Astoria, but it’s fun to stop by if you are in the area.
We all agreed that this was the best Greek food we thought we had had in NYC! The portions were very generous – they are even generous for family style portions, so you will be fully satisfied.
You CAN’T MISS the trio of dips, octopus and calamari. I WOULD PASS on the Loukaniko (greek sausage).
Don’t feel like making the trek to Astoria? Check out the new East Village location of Taverna Kyclades at 228 1st Avenue.
33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY, 11105
29-15 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY, 11105