Stamatis, Greek restaurant in Astoria, Queens

 Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

When my friend Benny proposed to go to Astoria to a Greek restaurant, I was excited. He got a recommendation to go to Stamatis, a family owned restaurant located few steps from the train station. We went on a Friday and this place was so packed with patrons coming and going endlessly, to the point that at 9:30pm, they were already out of desserts: that was a bit disappointing as we really wanted to end our meal with something sweet...

 Dining room at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Dining room at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

We tried quite a bit of food, but what I only realized when we left is that the food is pre-made and sitting there, like in a hot buffet...And it might explain why it was just ok! Here is what we tried:

Ouzo, a traditional anise flavored liquor:

 Ouzo at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Ouzo at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Small antipasti platter, composed of Tarama (spread made with fish roe), skordalia (garlic spread, lots of garlic), tzatziki (yogurt spread) and eggplant dips. We were expecting pita, but instead they gave us some bread brushed with oil. It is only later that we saw that several tables got pita...Anyway, this is a must have so you can try several dips, my favorite being the eggplant that had feta in it, as well as the tzatziki.

 Dip sampler at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Dip sampler at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Bread at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Bread at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Eggplant dip at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Eggplant dip at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Tarama at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Tarama at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Garlic dip at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Garlic dip at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Tzatziki at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Tzatziki at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Saganaki (fried cheese): this was superb and also a must have. I should mention that they do not flambé it. In fact, when I asked, our waiter said with a smirk on his face: "we do not do that here".

 Saganaki at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Saganaki at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Fried variety: as we could not decide between fried eggplant and fried zucchini, we got both in the fried variety that was supposed to have peppers that were missing in action. I was looking forward to this dish but was disappointed as it was quite greasy.

 Fried eggplant and zucchini at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Fried eggplant and zucchini at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Lamb chops: they were just ok, slightly overcooked.

 Lamb chops at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Lamb chops at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Calf Liver: another overcooked dish, so it was a bit dry.

 Calf liver at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Calf liver at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Fried sardines: very good, probably the dish I enjoyed the most.

 Fried sardines at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Fried sardines at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Fried sardines at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Fried sardines at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

As we ordered three entrees, we could have three sides. There were potatoes, rice and some collard greens. Overall ok.

 Collar greens at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Collar greens at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Potatoes at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Potatoes at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

 Rice at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

Rice at Stamatis in Astoria, Queens

You probably wonder if Jodi had an entree: she did but I forgot to take a photo...It was the classic Greek salad that seemed to be fresh.

Overall the meal was ok. Definitely we could see that regulars were coming back to that place that, as I mentioned before was packed all along. But, between the food, the service that was not good (we waited for our dishes a while and they were not that nice), and the noise level that made us want to leave, I do not think I would go back there...

Enjoy (...)!

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Stamatis - 29-09 23rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11105

 
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