Aegean Cove

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Address 20-01 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11105

e-mail admin@aegeancove.com Web: www aegeancove.com

Phone 718-274-9800

Specialty Fine Greek Cuisine

Schedule Open seven days; Mon-Wed: 4:30-10:00 pm, Thurs-Sat:

4:30-11:00 pm, Sun 4:30-10-:30 pm

Chef cove-chef

Christos Christou, one of the chefs during the opening of Milos and Avra, former owner of Athina (Astoria) who recently was the chef for Gus’ Place (Manhattan.)

Capacity 80 on 1st fl, 65 on 2nd, 60 in terrace-third fl not ready.

Opened April 29 2008

Plastic All Major cards accepted.

Parking Valet Parking Thurs (when music avlbl,) Fri & Sat from 4 pm.

Price range $10.00-$36.00, (whole fish charged per market price.)

Ownership Constantine Blafas (formerly of Titan) & George Neofytides

Former owner of the Aegean Breeze in the Berkshires.

Features Live music & singing Thursdays during the winter months. Lunch will be featured starting September.

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Review by Nancy Walman

Aegean Cove is the new breed of Astoria Greek restaurants. While the food focuses on traditional Greek specialties with a contemporary bent, the atmosphere looks to Manhattan’s burgeoning upmarket Greek restaurants. The French designer who created the space, which encompasses three floors of dining rooms as well as a terrace on the second floor, has a flair for subtle colors, mixing contemporary hues with classic ornaments for doors and walls.

Peripatetic executive chef Christos Christou, one of the chefs during the opening of Milos and Avra, former owner of Athina (Astoria) who recently was the chef for Gus’ Place (Manhattan), knows his way around the stove. You can count on excellent quality, coupled with care in cooking and a creative touch, without destroying the authenticity.

What’s Greek food without spreads and chef Christou’s are the best. So is the warm pita that arrives with gratis Hummus to spread it on. Octopus has never had it so good, fork tender and brimming with flavor. Traditional Greek Salad could be an afterthought, but Aegean Cove’s the best you’ll ever taste. Simple. Let’s repeat that. SIMPLE. Ya can’t cheat when it’s simple!

Fresh cod & shrimp croquettes are served with skordalia (potato garlic dip) & luscious red beets, while specials like stuffed peppers are mind blowing. By all means, sample the Loup de Mere, done whole on the bone, it is lovely. But the evening’s masterpiece was another special: A whole lamb shank, cooked for six hours with salt, pepper and love. Never will you taste one so succulent.

The wine list is short, well selected (many fine Greek choices) and inexpensive, as is the food. The helpful manager recommended a California organic red. It was stellar. The chef makes his baklava with olive oil and not butter, but we won’t tell if you don’t. It’s delicious. Don’t leave without checking out the excellent Greek cheese.

Aegean Cove has a classy look and feel thanks to the warm service and hands on, friendly family attention of the two owners (George Neophytides and son Peter and Kostas Blafas and daughter Despina Synodinos). Aegean Cove offers world class Greek dining in Astoria. Now that’s the real accomplishment.

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Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Aegean Cove is the new breed of Astoria Greek restaurants. While the food focuses on traditional Greek specialties with a contemporary bent, the atmosphere looks to Manhattan’s burgeoning upmarket Greek restaurants. Executive chef Christos Christou, knows his way around the stove. What’s Greek food without spreads and chef Christou’s are the best. So is the warm pita that arrives gratis. Octopus has never had it so good, fork tender and brimming with flavor. Fresh cod & shrimp croquettes are served with potato garlic dip & luscious red beets, while specials like stuffed peppers and mind blowing. By all means, sample the Loup de Mere, done whole and on the bone. But the evening masterpiece was a whole lamb shank, cooked for six hours with salt, pepper and love. The wine list is short, well selected and inexpensive as is the food. A California organic red was the star. The chef makes his baklava with olive oil and not butter, but we won’t tell if you don’t. It’s delicious. Aegean Cove, 20-01 Steinway Street, Astoria, has a classy look and a friendly family feel. It offers world class Greek dining in Astoria and rates “A Major” on The Walman Report.