Mon-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri, noon-midnight; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-10pm
N, Q at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.
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Michael Psilakis's newest spot is a modern vision of the Greek tavern: floor-to-ceiling glass doors right off the Astoria-Ditmars subway stop invite a happy-hour crowd; plus, there’s a selection of whole animals that can be ordered for roasting five days in advance. If you don’t have enough dining companions to help you finish an entire spring lamb or kid goat, the remainder of the menu provides an extensive introduction to Greek food. The variety of meze make it easy to build a tapas-style meal that pairs well with the exhaustive wine list. Start with the trio of dips: eggplant, chickpea, and yogurt, served with warm, fluffy pita. The crispy calamari is fried, but not batter-heavy, and served with tzaziki for dipping. There’s a variety of fish (such as branzino, swordfish, prawns) from the “Simply Grilled” portion of the menu, and you can also choose from chicken, pork, beef, and vegetarian souvlaki sandwiches or entrées like spicy lamb sausage and cheese dumplings and Greek paella—orzo and tender sausage is steeped in market-fresh shellfish, served with a spicy tomato sauce. For dessert, try the apple baklava—you’ll find new love for apple pie once you’ve had it re-conceptualized as layers of pastry served with Amaretto ice cream.
Fried calamari, $11.95; combination of yogurt, chickpea, and eggplant dips, $13.95; Greek paella, $24.95