Fodor's Expert Review Taverna Kyclades

$$ Astoria Greek

The current powerhouse of Hellenic eats in the neighborhood, Taverna Kyclades serves Greek classics at a higher level than you might expect, given the simple decor and unassuming location. Fried calamari and grilled octopus make appearances at rock-bottom prices, despite their obvious quality, as do more out-of-the-ordinary dishes like "caviar dip" and swordfish kebabs. Lamb chops drip with juice, and grilled sardines are so fresh you'd swear they were just pulled from the sea. Be prepared to wait for a table at peak times, as they don't take reservations. There's also a Manhattan outpost on 1st Avenue and 13th Street in the East Village.

Greek Lively Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

33-07 Ditmars Blvd.
Queens, New York  11105, USA

718-545–8666

www.tavernakyclades.com

Known For:
  • Most authentic Greek fare this side of the Acropolis
  • Lamb chops
  • No reservations

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