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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An unexpectedly great Greek restaurant on York Avenue. If we just had a better way to get up here, we'd be here all the time. Who wants to carpool?
Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna
Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna feels like a little nautical-themed house in Greece, and it’s ideal for some weeknight souvlaki.
There are a few Souvlaki GR locations in NYC, including this one in a small basement in Midtown East. Stop by for some great, casual Greek food.
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