33-07 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
Web Site: http://www.tavernakyclades.com
Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, Queens has a nice outdoor dining area and specializes in fresh seafood cooked in style.
As I have written in my previous posts about Telly’s Taverna and Kabab Cafe, Astoria, Queens has now become my go-to place to eat lunch or dinner before heading out on a trip, given that LaGuardia has now become my preferred airport to travel from.
Astoria has many, many, some of which are old established restaurants such as Telly’s Taverna, Uncle George’s (Papa Georgi) or Stamatis, and others are newer. One of the “newer” ones is Kyclades, a seafood specialist cafe which I had gotten a few nice recommendations about from Greek friends that really know their food.
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Kyclades’ main dining room is tight, but cozy.
If the weather is nice, definitely opt to eat outdoors.
The ceiling of the outdoor tent area.
The list of lunch specials.
Kyclades’ fresh fish display.
Kyclades’ menu is highly focused on seafood. Click on the photo to enlarge.
Cold appetizer/dips platter of Skorthalia, Tzatziki and Taramasalata made with thick Greek yogurt.
The appetizers are served with a wonderful herbed semolina bread, hot from the oven.
Can’t have Mezedes without Ouzo.
Wonderful grilled squid (Calamaraja) with sauteed bitter greens (Horta)
The Spinach and Cheese pie (Spanakopita) is also fantastic. If you go during prime tomato season you’ll be in for a treat.
Loukanikou, a fresh grilled lamb sausage seasoned with citrus zest. A must have.
This was a seafood pasta destined for another table that looked really good.