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Loukoumi Taverna – Modern takes, classic Greek food

Printed on each menu is the following saying: “life is a gift, life is loukoumi“. In Greek loukoumi means “delight”, and that’s the perfect word to describe this little tavern in northwestern Queens.

Chef and owner Kostas Avlonitis is a pioneer of Greek cuisine, and he’s credited with opening one of the first tavernes in New York. That and the longevity of Loukoumi in Astoria, a neighbourhood which is home to one, if not the largest, population of Hellenes outside Greece, is enough to display how spot-on the food and environment is.

Inside it’s cozy, rustic yet elegant, with exposed stone walls and wood beams. The food is outstanding, with classic dishes like moussaka (an eggplant-and-ground-meat casserole), bronzini, and grilled lamb chops lining the menu. I tend to order the more “adventurous” plates whenever I go: the grilled liver is great if that’s your thing, and the sautéed glykadakia simply melt in your mouth; I’d recommend both in a heart beat.

So go with an open mind, and an empty stomach. You won’t regret it.

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Details about this spot



Ditmars Boulevard 45-07, New York

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00, Sat - Sun 13:00 - 00:00


Meze: US$ 10


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