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Ammos Estiatorio Astoria

20-30 Steinway St., Queens, NY 11105 40.775769 -73.902539
nr. 20th Rd.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-726-7900 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

Prices

$16-$32

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

This venue is closed.

In Astoria, a neighborhood as thick with Greek restaurants as Mykonos is with yachts, expert grilling of fish is an entry-level skill, and local haunts must distinguish themselves in other ways. Ammos manages to sass the competition on all fronts. It’s a lovely-looking place, set in a double-height former warehouse, with just enough unrenovated touches to lend the joint some history. Santorini-white walls are offset by polished dark wood floors, buff-colored banquettes, and giant photos of shells and stones. Service is cheerful and connected but not saccharine-perky. And the kitchen is first-rate. Yogurt-based spreads, standard on every Astoria menu, loft to new heights with artful fusions of lemon and garlic, like a mixed mortal-deity marriage from Greek myth. Grilled pikilia, a seafood appetizer, dresses ineffably tender octopus, shrimp, and calamari in olive oil and whole capers. But the real revelation is the fish, simply brushed with ladolemono (lemon and olive oil) and grilled to a brilliant turn. A whole porgy seduces even fish-avoidant diners with its briny, nearly-meaty taste. A dessert sampler is on the house, and tabs are remarkably low for the level of graciousness involved. Like an alluring but remote Cycladean isle, Ammos Astoria rewards the intrepid voyager.

Recommended Dishes

Greek spreads, $9; grilled porgy, $16

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