Taverna Kyclades

Taverna Kyclades

Greek Restaurant and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Astoria
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    This Greek restaurant is famous for their octopus. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    Katie K.
    "Grilled octopus is incredible and red snapper is cooked perfectly!"(70 Tips)
    Kino
    "The Peasant Salad, Grape Leaves, & Lemon Potatoes are very good too."(10 Tips)
    Alan Y.
    "The grilled octopus and branzino are both top notch."(14 Tips)
    Nat C.
    "Cold antipasto with skordalia, taramasalata and tzatziki is amazing."(12 Tips)
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  • Kinoheart icon on user image
    KinoDecember 12, 2016
    Arrive at 11:45am, 15 mins early, to avoid a wait. The Octopus and Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) are a must. The Peasant Salad, Grape Leaves, & Lemon Potatoes are very good too. Free dessert.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonJune 19, 2016
    OMG!! I felt I was in Greece when I tasted the food. Great place for authentic Mediterranean food. Grilled Octopuses (you have to get it- so soft!), tzsatziki , house wine, spinach pie, sea bass. Gr8!
  • Michelleheart icon on user image
    MichelleApril 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    As a Greek, it's as close to home cooking as you'll get. Any seafood dish you order is amazing. I would recommend the octopus, grilled calamari, barbounia (μπαρμπούνι) along with pikilia (ποικιλία)
  • Carolineheart icon on user image
    CarolineApril 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If the seafood platter isn't on the menu, ask for it. And order everything else. Worth the 2-HR wait, and it flies by with free wine 👍🏻
  • Giannaheart icon on user image
    GiannaJuly 1, 2016
    Basically everything here is spectacular. Ambience, food, service. The octopus appetizer is mouth watering and grilled perfectly. Peasant salad is so fresh. The Bronzino a classic favorite. Best in NY
  • Julia L.heart icon on user image
    Julia LeungJanuary 6, 2015
    Their complimentary loaf of bread is the best thing I've ever put in my mouth (almost). The octopus was alright -- came out a little cold. Their portions are HUGE. Take some home and save it for later
  • George S.
    George SpartanAugust 23, 2016
    The finest seafood cooked to perfection 5 star restaurant with traditional #Greek #taverna spin on it all for pennies on the dollar elsewhere. Long lines and do not take reservations. @GeorgeSpartan
  • Gothamist
    GothamistFebruary 2, 2017
    This is the place most people in NYC think about when they think of Greek food. The olive oil and lemon drenched octopus manages to be more tender than a medium rare filet mignon. Read more
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornAugust 11, 2015
    Very much a greek seafood spot. No mousakka or other greek dishes. Grilled octopus, fried cheese, salad, and grilled shrimp recommended. Keep it simple here, they do simple the best.
  • Mark H.heart icon on user image
    Mark HeyertFebruary 4, 2017
    Fresh fish attention to quality make This the best Greek restaurant in NYC. the octopus is rocking the sardines grilled were heaven. Have fried cheese too and enjoy the house olive oil on everything.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonNovember 19, 2016
    A few things... 1. Don't skip out on the bread, but beware-it's addictively good. 2. The octopus is hands down the best in the city. 3. Save room for the flan-like, phyllo & cinammon topped dessert.
  • Graylyn R.heart icon on user image
    Graylyn RooseSeptember 28, 2016
    Authentic Greek seafood restaurant. I enjoyed the peasant salad and the garlic dip for bread. I ordered the fried baby shark, which I'd never had before and it was good. Crowded, so get there early!
  • Edomia zaide B.heart icon on user image
    Grilled Calamari was amazing! Add the lemon potatoes and you have a winner. Huge plate so please share, not even two people can finish it!
  • Jorge A.
    Jorge AranoJuly 23, 2015
    I had the grilled calamari and lemon potatoes and OMG I had a mouthgasm... This place is SO good... I was lucky to get a table within 10 minutes of my arrival. Highly recommended... A "must"
  • Brownstone Living NYCheart icon on user image
    Brownstone Living NYCFebruary 13, 2016
    Delicious! Hands down one of the best meals you will ever have in NYC from start to finish. I would highly recommend this place to any restaurant aficionado.. Brownstone Living approved!
  • Diane Lucille S.heart icon on user image
    Diane Lucille SuarezDecember 4, 2015
    This place is always packed! Good thing you get free house wine while you wait for your table. Lemon potatoes, spinach pie, lamb burgers ...Greek salad is awesome too. I never leave disappointed.
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesFebruary 3, 2016
    Love this place! We had whole sea bass, grilled octopus, lemon potatoes and Greek salad. So fresh and delicious. Had to skip complementary dessert coz running late but it looked yummy
  • funky f.heart icon on user image
    funky flavorNovember 20, 2016
    Musts: grilled octupus. If in the mood: get the peasant salad (it's the Greek salad without lettuce) do not: fried zucchini and eggplant (too greasy and paste was dull ) great complementary desert.
  • Sam P.
    Sam PezzulloJuly 21, 2013
    Some of the best Greek seafood I've ever had. The grilled calamari and octopus are top notch! Also try the tzatziki, the spinach pie, and the lima beans.
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WJune 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow. No other words for an overall great dining experience. The food was phenomenal, the service was lovely, and we particularly enjoyed how they treated 2 first time diners like royalty. 2 thumbs up
  • Naveed S.heart icon on user image
    Naveed SheikhMarch 7, 2016
    Best Greek seafood restaurant in the NYC area. All of the food tastes fresh and portions are generous. But be prepared to wait for a table as the dinner crowd is large.
  • Pierre v.
    Pierre van MedgeAugust 8, 2014
    Your perfect Greek meal: start with the grilled octopus and horiatiki (peasant's salad), and then get the fresh grilled fish or the lamb cutlets, with a side of lemon potatoes! Cali orexi!
  • dawn.in.newyorkheart icon on user image
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 28, 2015
    Always long waiting lines. Servers often offer free small glasses of wine for people in the line. Must get the grilled octopus leg to start! The best greek place in Astoria.
  • Eliza
    ElizaNovember 7, 2013
    Galaktoboureko: a semolina-based custard in phyllo - made the 2hrs wait for dinner totally worth it because it was spoonfuls after spoonfuls of sweet goodness, YUM!!! =9
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarDecember 30, 2014
    Get there early to avoid a wait or grab a drink at nearby MP. Order: octopus, tzatziki, fried sardines, peasant salad and crab stuffed sole, and leave so happy.
  • Val B.
    Val BApril 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I eat till my eyes pop out, that's how good the food is. We always get either snapper or branzino, lemon potatoes, always a Greek salad and grilled octopus! And after all they even give dessert!
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaMay 17, 2015
    The most famous Greek restaurant in Astoria still got it. Come here to try the seafood, you will realize that's the specialty in the menu, ask for any whole fish grilled.
  • Beth G.heart icon on user image
    Beth GeorgeApril 30, 2014
    Free wine while you wait makes queuing no problem! We had dessert and an extra glass each on the house as we were one of the last few tables. Will definitely go back!
  • Kate L.
    Kate LaPortaMarch 2, 2013
    Start with the greek salad, Saganaki (fried cheese), & grilled octopus. The branzino(european seabass) & stuffed shrimp w/ crab meat are great choices. Get the tzatziki and dip everything in it!!!
  • Jackie C.heart icon on user image
    Jackie CAugust 1, 2015
    Where you go to impress your uncultured friends. Grilled calamari, lemon potato, and house wine are excellent! To be honest, can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • Daniel C.heart icon on user image
    Daniel ChvatikJune 3, 2015
    Excellent authentic Greek food with a focus on seafood. No bad choice on the menu but I love the fried cheese. :)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 23, 2013
    Incredibly popular Greek seafood spot with waits that can stretch an hour or two. Well-cooked if barebones seafood and a lively atmosphere.
  • Frank  V.heart icon on user image
    Frank  ValletuttiAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Greek in Astoria? Probably. Juicy grilled chicken, perfect lemon potatoes, and Saganaki!! Do you like good food and long waits? Well you came to the right place.
  • T S.heart icon on user image
    T SNovember 10, 2018
    Authentic Greek restaurant where it's worth to wait for a table. The grilled octopus is definitely worth to start with! However, the fried whiting is forgettable...
  • Diane C.heart icon on user image
    Diane ChangApril 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled octopus. Nice and tender. Gravy of lemon potatoes good to dip red snapper into. Red snapper nicely done. Seafood platter large - enough for 2-3 people
  • Elle F.heart icon on user image
    Elle F.October 10, 2016
    Highlights Include the Grilled Octopus, Tzatziki, Broiled Scallops and Kyclades Special (Scallops, Lobster Tail, Stuffed Clams, Stuffed Shrimp and Filet of Sole).
  • kinnikinnickheart icon on user image
    kinnikinnickSeptember 15, 2015
    Everything we tried was so very delicious: grilled octopus, fried eggplant and zucchini, snapper, potatoes and Greek salad. Left insanely stuffed and happy.
  • Sarah B.heart icon on user image
    Sarah BrinkFebruary 27, 2016
    Super lively Greek restaurant any of the seafood dishes are astounding really. Order whatever, you won't be disappointed.
  • Patrick H.heart icon on user image
    Patrick HealyAugust 8, 2014
    The food is good - really good - but it ain't cheap. And you'll wait for an hour on the sidewalk to pay it. There are lots of good Greek places you can go to in Astoria and not deal with the hassle.
  • Taniaheart icon on user image
    TaniaFebruary 18, 2017
    One of the best ever places in New York! Love it!❤ fish, potato, chops❤
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon MagnarelliMarch 9, 2012
    Incredibly fresh seafood, the shrimp and potatoes are to die for. There's something very charming about being packed into a tiny restaurant with strangers, delicious food, and great customer service.
  • Kirill K.heart icon on user image
    Kirill KukuruzaFebruary 19, 2017
    Very delicious food. Lamp chops and seafood plate were perfect.
  • Cass C.heart icon on user image
    Cass CurvJanuary 12, 2013
    The food here is so excellent, and so it the service. They have us extra free dessert just because we like it so much. A+++
  • Val B.
    Val BJune 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    We always order the same; Greek salad, grilled octopus,fried peppers, Branzino or Snapper with lemon potatoes or beets. Everything is amazing every single time!
  • George S.
    George SpartanJuly 15, 2012
    The absolute best and reasonably priced seafood prepared in the legendary Greek Southeastern Mediterranean style. Best bang for the Buck and tummy the long lines well prove my claims.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatApril 23, 2014
    Serves delicious Greek food and the service is really attentive. Try the lemon potatoes, broiled scallops & the tasty Greek salad!
  • ᴡ K.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ KrishnanApril 17, 2014
    This is supposed to be as authentic as it gets.. no falafel and pita here.. Great sea food and kebabs.. oh, and did I mention the portion size?
  • Katie K.
    Katie KoumoulosApril 1, 2012
    Definitely worth the hour and a half wait. Grilled octopus is incredible and red snapper is cooked perfectly! Spearing appetizer is incredible. I almost forgot I wasn't in Greece
  • Elaine H.heart icon on user image
    Elaine HuiMarch 24, 2017
    Seriously, everything we tried here was delicious - the Beet salad, lemon potatoes, salmon, octopus appetizer, rib eye steak, etc
  • Marc H.
    Marc HurstJune 16, 2012
    grilled calamari is always fantastic. last night had this eggplant and squash appetizer which rocked. my favorite Greek fish place in area. enjoy the expanded outdoor seating.
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