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.
New York City
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3307 Ditmars Blvd (at 33rd St.), Queens
Our Rating Neighborhood Queens Hours Mon–Thurs noon–11pm; Fri–Sat noon–11:30pm; Sun noon–10:30pm Transportation Subway: N or Q to Astoria/Ditmars Phone 718/545-8666 Prices Main courses $13–$25, more for larger, shareable whole fish Cuisine Type Greek/Seafood Web site Taverna Kyclades Other No reservations