2813 23rd Ave, 11105-2707
Web Site: http://www.tellystaverna.com
Telly’s Taverna, one of the oldest operating Greek restaurants in Astoria.
As I mentioned in my previous post about Ali’s Kabab Cafe, Astoria is starting to get more of my restaurant business as LaGuardia has become a more frequent departure and arrival destination for my business travel. Traditionally Astoria has been one of the largest Greek communities in the United States. Considering that I love Mediterranean and Greek food, that happens to be a fortuitous combination.
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Telly’s Taverna is one of the oldest Greek restaurants in Astoria, and has earned its reputation among the local Greek population as a place to go for steaks/chops and very fresh fish. The refrigerator case is right up front as you walk in, where you can closely inspect the food you’ll be eating that evening.
Lamb Chops. I think I’ll be having some of these.
These whole fish caught Rachel’s eye.
Nice looking salmon filet.
Here are two plates that were headed towards other diners.
the main dining room, which is open pretty late.
Telly’s menu leans towards simple fish and meat preparations and not so much of the boilerplate Greek dishes. Don’t worry, they have a menu in English as well!
Ouzo, the anise and botanical flavored liquor of choice for Greeks.
A cold appetizer plate with Tzatziki, Taramasalata, Skorthalia, and Melitzanosalata.
Rachel’s grilled fish, served simply with lemon and spiced with oregano and olive oil.
This is the “Grandma” salad which is a chopped Greek salad with feta cheese and olives.
Horta, bitter greens cooked in olive oil.
My lamb chops.
Loukomades, the Greek version of the Italian Zeppole fried donuts, served with a honey glaze.
Strong Greek Coffee.