The Giannakas brothers are the powerhouse duo who have been running one of the most innovative and original Greek restaurants in Astoria for the better part of the past decade. The two men work alongside their mother and father, and the harmony is borderline tangible.
A lunchtime crowd gathers amid a vibrant hum of conversation beneath the grapevine-draped awning outside Taverna Kyclades. There is even a waiting list on this rainy Tuesday afternoon. Kyclades doesn’t take reservations; this 95-seat restaurant does not need them. It is always buzzing, even as neighboring establishments along Ditmars Boulevard scramble for business. The first [...]
The new fortress known as MP Taverna sits on the corner of Ditmars and 32nd Street, eager patrons spilling out of the bar and onto the sidewalk even though the restaurant opened just a few weeks ago. The second floor is a little more hushed, with handsome industrial design and brushed brass lamp shades dangling [...]
BY BRADLEY HAWKS A love affair with Astoria’s food scene would be incomplete without an appreciation of the neighborhood’s rich Greek tradition. Bringing that tradition into a contemporary light comes Thymari. The menu at Thymari, which means thyme, is peppered with the standard glossary of Greek cuisine: dolmades, feta, saganaki, spanakopita, and kalamata. But the [...]
Cavo is a food-lover’s dream. Situated in Astoria, this modern Greek eatery has an inventive, daring menu – inspiring foodies everywhere to expand their culinary horizons. Cavo succeeds at fusing classic Greek ingredients within elegant, adventurous appetizers and savory entrees. The grilled octopus — charcoal grilled, drizzled in Greek extra virgin olive oil with a [...]
After 13 years in Bayside, Kati Allo is the neighborhood go-to for classic Greek cuisine just like your yiayia used to make. The quiet atmosphere lends itself to a romantic date night or even just a special occasion out with family. Takeout and delivery options give locals the chance to enjoy good Greek in the [...]
When picturing a prototypical Greek restaurant, one imagines souvlaki, gyros and baklava, but upon entering Cavo, horizons are expanded beyond traditional Hellenic cuisine. The Astoria restaurant, which moonlights as a neighborhood hot spot, creates modern remixes of yiayia’s classic dishes. To prepare your palate for the wide array of tastes you’ll encounter throughout the course [...]