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Hellenic Cuisine

holy grail found and it was fleeting. ONERA was the name and it's no longer amongst us. a faded memory of a day when NY saw a glimpse of Greek Cuisine.......

http://events.nytimes.com/2004/12/01/...

"...turns out to be our happy reward: a restaurant that puts a fresh, liberal spin on Greek cooking, taking it well beyond the virtues of grilled fish."

about 3 hours ago
Gastronomos in Manhattan

Hellenic Cuisine

"...treats Greece the way many New York chefs have long treated Italy or Southeast Asia: as inspiration rather than doctrine, a set of seasonings, ingredients and ideas to draw from and disregard. He bows as much to American trends as to Hellenic traditions. "

http://events.nytimes.com/2004/12/01/...

about 3 hours ago
Gastronomos in Manhattan

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

Just as a visual, a few pictures from the interwebs of Greek Cuisine in America outside of New York at low and high levels, beyond a plain piece of plain protein on a cold plate. Including pan fried red mullet, like at Nissos, but... with a traditional savoro sauce.
There's more, for sure, but where on Long Island?
:-)

about 9 hours ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

In the meanwhile, in response to your query about "what it is you are looking for in a Greek restaurant", I can say that the hirino sofrito at Kefi in Manhattan was a memorable dish. Typically made with veal, but, as we all know the cost and availability of veal, and the fact that all "veal parmasan" and "veal scalopini" dishes everywhere are all made with pork loin...
at least at Kefi they are up front about it.
It's more than just a simple piece of protein on a plate. It requires a cook to prepare the full dish to order. THAT is paramount in my search.

A few of the house made dishes at Kopiaste in Astoria, like the house made red wine cured sausage. Any other place uses commercially available sausage. At Kopiaste they make it from scratch, in house. And it tastes like it too. THAT is worth the trip.

The house made "gyro" at Gyro World in Flushing and BZ Grill in Astoria. Tasty stuff.

I do miss ONERA. This ain't Greece. But ONERA was a DREAM!

Happy Chowhounding! :-)

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

Nissos is now officially on my "to try" list. Thank you and EM23 kindly for your thoughtful response. I will take the offerings with an open mind and heart. :-)

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)
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It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

FYI, the food at Greek Street has taken a severe nose dive! Anthony, the owner, is no longer manning the grills and the unskilled day laborer/hack that is, is doing a very crappy job. I'd just as soon eat week old McDonald's that's been sitting in a hot car than anything that jackass of a frycook/grillman is turning out. They should throw his sorry ass right out the window!

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

East End ...local whitefish?

yeah. recently as in the past few years even. those small cod fillets are the size of flounder fillets and don't do the trick for me. and i prefer to buy my fish whole, especially cod as they more often sell pollock, haddack, hake and the like as cod, which is a cheap way for them to pass off a cheap (and more plentiful) fish for the higher price of cod. ( I understand cod is overfished )

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

East End ...local whitefish?

I haven't been able to locate LARGE cod recently. Any suggestions?

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

It's ALL Greek to me in Nassau County and Western Suffolk

Thanks EM23. I haven't tried it. I'm sure Erica would have let me know if it was serving Greek fare beyond the typical and usual grilled fish and Americanized fare. I, as well as Erica, hope they'll do well despite the address and the list of places before them. The fresh fish, it says in the article, is displayed on ice up front. What gets grilled in the kitchen is another matter...
But! PLEASE keep the recs coming! I AM in desperate need of a good Greek meal always! :-)

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

For Gastronomos and other lovers of Greek food.

LOL. I see you used Google translate....

1 day ago
Gastronomos in Food Media & News

East End ...local whitefish?

sorry, I meant "whitefish" that is not cod and therefore less desirable. :-)

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

For Gastronomos and other lovers of Greek food.

I just saw this, linguafood! I don't know how I missed it. Thanks! I know Billy (SoTiri) and his stuff. He's a lot of fun!

1 day ago
Gastronomos in Food Media & News

East End ...local whitefish?

it's probably pollock, haddock, hake or some other similar, but even less desirable "whitefish" similar to cod.

unless it's whiting or ling...

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

NoFo Tomatoes Are Ripe and Ready...

what are they charging a Lb for the red vine ripened berries?

1 day ago
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Chef Michael Psilakis' food is usually properly seasoned. Yet, other than simply grilled, what else is there to try?
Kudos to the hirno sofrito, but the dishwasher could have whipped that up to order.
The rest of the menu any short order cook can assemble.

1 day ago
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Anything in particular I should consider ordering?

Jul 19, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Modern is fine. I don't discriminate, but I haven't heard great things of their menu. The Rockin' Ribs or the plain diner style skirt steak. The TV spot on Chopped was exactly where I thought that they belonged ... LOL

Jul 19, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

The First Tortilla Grill in Rockville Centre is a good inauthentic Mexican / Tex-Mex type of place. Mostly take-out, but there's a few tables to sit and eat and enjoy. Food is cheap.

Jul 18, 2014
Gastronomos in New York State (exc. NYC)

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

MP Taverna, albeit better than any of the rest, is serving to the masses now. Nothing really going on.

Agnanti is one of the better of the rest, but the pre-cooked and reheated stuff is a huge turnoff. For example, the pastourmali on the menu should be a "à la minute" preparation, but they precook it and reheat it. BLECH!
The steam tables at Stamatis are just as much a turn off.

Molyvos was written off from my list many years back when I endured one of the worst meals of my life at the time in their dining room. And it's menu is only half Greekstyle.

Thanks for the rec though. Agnanti will be seeing me soon. It's about time I Chowhound my way through their menu again.

Jul 18, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Thanks. I replied to Steve R about MP Taverna, the meze (tapas) and the lamented loss of Chef Michael Psilakis first awesome place called ONERA.

Jul 17, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Thanks. We are on the same page for sure. I've been to Michael Psilakis places, MP Taverna Roslyn & Astoria, Kefi, and his first and best ONERA.
I wish his places now were as good as ONERA was. THAT was the epitome and definition of Great Greek Cuisine!
He got his name, now he too serves food for the masses, albeit infinitely better than anything found elsewhere. Unless someone chimes in with something worthwhile.............

Jul 17, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Hi, thanks for the good question. There is almost everything available if one was to visit each and every place, but none of it is all that great. Perhaps something where one needn't hold a fork in one hand and a salt shaker in the other would be a good place to start?

Jul 17, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Other than plain fried or plain grilled, what options are out there? I am done and over with Stamatis, not that there is anything *wrong* with it, it's just unseasoned food that all tastes the same. And the abuse the non-Greek speaking customers get is annoying.

Maybe Ovelia?

Jul 17, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

open, but it's not as busy anymore. for plain grilled fish the lines are at Taverna Kyklades.

still, what about real Greek food? plain fish is, well, plain...

Jul 16, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

fried little fish... sardines, smelts, anchovies, spearing, etc..., is good meze, but what if one wanted an entree? a full meal? you know, like in every other restaurant?

Jul 16, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Sooo... home cooked Greek trumps anything available in any of these places?

Jul 16, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

http://theculturetrip.com/north-ameri...

Has anyone found truly delicious Greek food in the five boros?
Plain grilled fish, sure, there's plenty.
Plain grilled meat on a stick, every corner.
Unseasoned greek-like food stuff, every place.

GOOD Greek Food??? Anyone???

Jul 16, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Dinner in Astoria

If Cypriot Greek is on the mind you may try Kopiaste. A bit different from Zenon, but not mind blowing either.
Agnanti is another spot you may try.

Jul 16, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Kopiaste or Zenon Mezze/Cypriot meal Astoria

agreed, though neither is a great destination, they both offer better than most of the other Astoria options in the category.

Jul 16, 2014
Gastronomos in Outer Boroughs

Seeking the REAL "Brooklyn Style" Cannoli Recipe

<<"Villabate Bakery was the closest to the taste and texture and still one of my favorite.">>

yes.

Jul 13, 2014
Gastronomos in Home Cooking