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BZ Grill – Great Gargantuan Greek Gyros

Alliteration aside, this place has the best gyros in the entire city. I come here quite often for a fix whenever I feel the craving coming along. A quick Greek culinary lesson: the gyro is essentially a wrap filled with meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Fun fact: gyro in Greek literally means “turn”, referencing how it’s cooked; the closest comparison to a gyro is shawarma. 

Amongst the chattering Greeks behind the counter, this small bare-bones joint cranks out these wraps twelve hours a day, seven days a week, and each one is a masterpiece. BZ also has other Greek specialties as well: souvlakia (don’t call it a kebab to a Greek), loukanika (sausages), and brizolakia (pork belly). But they’re known for their gyro meats: BZ stuffs the pitas to the brim with immensely juicy pork, with the perfect amount of flavourful fat left on; or tender chicken. Then they add vegetables and tzatziki (yogurt and dill sauce) or their “BZ sauce”.

That BZ sauce…I can definitely tell you that it is mayo based, but that’s all I got for you on that. I cannot for the life of me tell what else is in there, and I’ve been too embarrassed to ask. One of these days my taste buds will click, but for now I can promise you that it compliments the chicken perfectly. Either gyro you get you’re not going to leaving hungry.


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Details about this spot



Astoria Boulevard 27-02, New York

Telephone number


Opening Times

11:00 - 23:00 daily


Lunch Special: US$ 10


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)