Our 10 Best: Greek Restaurants in NYC

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Beautiful grilled sardines, one of the many non-endangered species available at Greek restaurants.

Think for a minute how much we owe to the Greeks. Archimedes of Syracuse (the one in Sicily, not in New York) discovered the means of calculating the volume of an irregular mass as he sat in his bathtub, while Aeschylus fathered tragedy, while formulating many of the tropes of modern drama. Greeks gave us architectural features that still persist today, as anyone walking by the main post office is likely to discover. And we owe them plenty for creating a cuisine that can satisfy all diners, be they vegetarian, carnivorous, or pescatarian.

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The handsome interior of Uncle Nick's, Eighth Avenue branch. Will it make the top 10?

For, you see, Greek cuisine caters to all three tastes in just proportion. The vegetarian discovers a whole world of mezze, those tapas-like dishes that can be scooped with bread to make a most satisfying meal, and a wealth of feta-bearing salads. The island-born Greeks are responsible for devising methods of preparing seafood so simple they'd make Mark Bittman blush, while the concern of mainlanders for lamb and quails, and the expert grilling of same, stand as an example that every backyard chef should follow.

We struggled mightily with the list this week, and hope you find it to your liking. We have included cheap places and expensive places, and will indicate with an asterisk those restaurants where your meal may top out at $50 or more. Here, without further ado, are our top 10 selections and a crowd of runners-up.

Next: Runners-Up to Our 10 Best Greek restaurant



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Sofia
Sofia

Taverna Kyclades in Astoria is one of the best Greek restaurants I've been to.

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Robert Sietsema
Robert Sietsema

Thanks for clarifying the ownership of the Stamatises, Chris. I'm adding both your recommendations to the Reader Suggestions.

Chris
Chris

The original Satatis owner and Restaurant is off of 23rd avenue and 31st street in Astoria. The one on Broadway used to be owned by the same owner but was sold a while ago which is why the name was changed to Bahari. Original Stamatis on 23rd is definately just as good and even better in my opinion. also worth a try is Greek Islands in Little Neck Queens which serves mainly fresh whole fish and traditional Greek specialties

Robert Sietsema
Robert Sietsema

Thanks for the tip, Joanne, I'm planning on checking it out. I'm also adding it to Reader Recommendations on the last page.

Joanne
Joanne

Dafni has been open for 8 months or so. There food is heavenly. Even though their a new restaurant they belong on the list.

325 west 42 Sthttp://www.dafnitaverna.com/

Robert Sietsema
Robert Sietsema

Considered, but not included. I'm adding them to reader recommendations. Thanks, Andy.

Andy
Andy

Just curious if you considered Avra Estiatorio (E. 48th St.) and Ethos (2 locations)

Robert Sietsema
Robert Sietsema

Thanks, Maria, I'll check out Trata, Haven't been. You're right, there are so many.

Maria
Maria

What about Trata on 70th in the city as well as the Hamptons during the season and now they are opening a third location in Roslyn....also, there are 2 Stamatis restaurants, the one you mentioned on Broadway which I now see changed it's name to Bahari, but the original Stamatis on 23rd Avenue in Astoria.....there are so many other Greek restaurants with incredible value and absolutely amazing food that weren't even mentioned here.

rsietsema
rsietsema

I'm adding Taverna Kyclades to the Runners-Up List, kim. Stamatis is already on there--it changed its name. Never heard of Dafni, will check it out.

kim
kim

how could you not mention Taverna Kyclades in Astoria?? It's got the best deal!

Also in Queens...Stamatis Restaurant.

I'm not sure about Kefi, but I thought it earns a place as well. And how about the one near Times Square? Dafni Greek Taverna.

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