Nobody will be smashing plates, but other than that, eating here is a Zorba-rific experience, thanks to the all-Greek waitstaff and the seafood, simply prepared, that tastes like it jumped out of the bluest of seas and right onto your plate. Start with a tasting of spreads (they’re top-notch), make your way next to the grilled octopus (Taverna’s signature dish), and end with some sort of fresh fish (your choice) sided by their famous lemon potatoes. The only downer here? The Taverna is the most popular restaurant in the Greek section of Queens and doesn’t take reservations, so come early or be prepared to wait.
- Pauline Frommer