Sunday, July 26, 2009

hellenic on earth

if you live in astoria you can't escape it; the greek "taverna" - a small, casual restaurant specializing in traditional greek fare. aside from their seafood, i'm not too impressed with what the greeks have to offer, however, if you are an astorian for any length of time you're bound to explore the possibilities. from street vendors hawking souvlaki to the swank restaurant-cum-nigh club, "Cavo" - the options are almost endless. with ample consideration, i recommend "Opa!" (Tony's Souvlaki) as your best bet.

28-44 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11102

Opa! is very reasonably priced and boasts a beautiful outdoor garden dinning area. the service is warm and attentive, and if you are lucky you might receive a visit from their incredibly gracious hostess. it might not be the best, but the food is SOLID and satisfying, time and again.

all of the usual suspects make an appearance:

-gyros. souvlaki. spinach pie. tzatziki. various mezze. tasty fish specials-

i recommend the mixed grill. also, try the greek wine - it's white, but it's got some balls and is best enjoyed in their open-air garden.

p.s. -- ask your waitress if she likes loukamades

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