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Ovelia

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34-01 30th Ave., Queens, NY 11103 40.765792 -73.918962
at 34th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-721-7217 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Price Range: $$

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    6 out of 10

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Official Website

ovelia-ny.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 10am-midnight; Fri-Sun, 9:30am-2am

Prices

$12-$29

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Singles Scene
  • Smoking Area

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Delivery Area

34th Ave. to Triboro Plaza, 24th St. to 44th St.

Profile

Ovelia distinguishes itself from the area’s crowded Hellenic market by doing something completely different. It pairs a taverna menu with a nightclub setting that acts as catnip to young Greek-Americans and recent Manhattan expats. Amiable owners the Giannakas family run the corner spot with sleek white décor, a buzzy bar, and house music. The place gets culinary cred from a home-style kitchen helmed by brother Peter. Their appetizer-centric menu is well-suited to grazing and people-watching. Grilled octopus is tender enough to cut with a fork, and spanakopita spinach pie is encased in pastry-quality phyllo dough. Traditional dips—tarama cod roe, tzatziki yogurt-cucumber, skordalia potato-garlic, and mashed feta spiced with Japanese hot green peppers—spring to life atop exemplary pita bread. The savory louganiko sausage is made in-house, its gamy pork and lamb flavors sparked by ground orange zest; it is offered solo or in a toothsome roasted-meat platter. Spit-roasted lamb shoulder is a frequent, worthwhile special; moussaka and a variety of ocean-fresh fish, simply grilled the Aegean way, all satisfy. Dessert—honey-drenched loukoumades fritters—is on the house, all the better to linger longer and get into Ovelia’s lively groove.

Recommended Dishes

Grilled octopus, $12.50; pikilia dip platter, $15; pikilia meat platter, $21; moussaka, $13.50

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