Taverna Kyclades: Great Greek Grub in Astoria

Taverna Kyclades

33-07 Ditmars Blvd.

Astoria, Queens, NY


Should you try? Definitely for some authentic Greek food

Greek Salad

You always hear Manhattanites talk about the beer garden in Astoria, but it’s also known for its diverse population.  And what comes with a diverse population? Eclectic and authentic cuisine.  I’ve lived in Manhattan for several years now, and I have to admit, I’ve never been to Astoria.  We finally decided to take a trip out there (only 30-40 min from Midtown Manhattan) and stopped at the infamous Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.  I’ll definitely be going back to Astoria, possibly for the beer garden but definitely for the food.

For my first time out there, I wanted to make sure I tried the best of the best. After some research online and asking friends, I settled on Taverna Kyclades. I’ve heard waits can be over an hour, but I guess we were lucky because we sat down right away (went on a Sunday at 2pm). Strangely enough, the line was longer after we finished eating around 3pm.

Walk in and you see a bunch of Greek families eating, a sign the food is good and authentic. To start, we tried the grilled octopus, fried calamari, pan-fried Greek cheese and Greek salad.  All were pretty delicious.

The Grilled Octopus ($12.95) was served above a thin layer of oil and red vinegar and was cooked perfectly, not overcooked and rubbery.

Grilled Octopus

The Fried Calamari ($9.95) was probably up there with the best I’ve had.  The breading is well-seasoned and you get a hint of lemon.  It was good enough to eat on its own, unlike others that have to rely on the marinara sauce to add flavor.

Fried Calamari

The Pan-Fried Greek Cheese ($6.95) had a thin layer of breading, and the cheese oozed out as you cut into it. Meanwhile, the Greek Salad (Large – $10.95; shown above) was enough to share between the four of us and had amazingly fresh and tasty feta.

Pan-Fried Greek Cheese

For our entrees, we ordered family style and went with the Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) with a side of Horta (steamed dandelion) (MP; $28 for us) and Roasted Lemon Potatoes ($5.75). They brought out the entire fish (skin, bones and all) and you can either cut it up yourself or they will do it for you. If you’re looking for a fresh fish, this is for you.  The fish was cooked well and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the most flavorful.

The roasted lemon potatoes were solid and a good choice for a side. However, I wouldn’t get the Horta again. It tasted like steamed spinach, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when you have the option to get rice, fried potatoes, beets or lemon potatoes instead, I would go for one of the other options.


Breaking down the fish


Roasted Lemon Potatoes

One last thing to top off this feast – Greek dessert on the house, similar to a flan with filo dough (I obviously don’t know what it was, but it was delicious).

Greek Dessert

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6 Comments on “Taverna Kyclades: Great Greek Grub in Astoria”

  1. March 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    I sounds like you had a very nice outing. Overall, the restaurant sounds good. Maybe it is better just for a bunch of appetizers. Have you ever been to Periyali in NYC, we thought it was the best Greek restaurant we have eaten at.

    • Eric
      March 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      I would check out this place, I really enjoyed it! And I will be sure to check out Periyali. Thanks for stopping by and recommending a new place to try!

  2. Gyas
    March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    why don’t you ever let me know when you’re in queens??!!

    • Eric
      March 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      Next time, plus we have to go to the filipino and thai places in Woodside.

  3. lily
    March 30, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    what happened to the Gyros?

    • Eric
      March 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      Gyro from street carts, seafood here!

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