Ovelia is a Greek place on 30th Avenue in Astoria with a nice outdoor area in front and a huge bar. During weekend mornings, they have Greek-inspired dishes like a bacon, egg, and cheese on pita, and a very good stack of baklava pancakes (made with whole wheat flour, walnuts, and a lot of honey). At dinner, the menu is a bit more traditional, with dips, salads, and massive entrees. If you eat meat, the monastiraki bifteki is what you should be ordering here - it comes with fries and kebabs with ground lamb, beef, and pork. And make sure to get a side of the spicy feta dip.
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If you’re in Astoria and you’re looking for some arepas, empanadas, and possibly a pitcher of sangria, try Arepas Cafe.
Neptune Diner is a neighborhood spot in Astoria for 2am pancakes and triple decker sandwiches.
Trattoria L’icontro is not only awesome, but worthy of a trip to Astoria with a group of your friends. Everything about the space is thoroughly cheesy and overstated, but that’s kind of the whole point. No gimmicks, just really good Italian food and really nice people.
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Ela Taverna isn’t too special, although it’s a little better than your run-of-the-mill Greek, and it’s good for an easy dinner in Williamsburg.
Astoria Seafood is a seafood market and restaurant where you pick your fish and tell them how you’d like it cooked.
Zenon Taverna is a Greek-Cypriot restaurant in Astoria where you can get a great, affordable prix-fixe with an excessive amount of (very good) food.
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Kiki’s is a Greek place on the Lower East Side that’s packed every night, and serves good, affordable food.
Pylos is a longtime Greek restaurant in the East Village, and it’s a perfect back-pocket spot.
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