Queens >Food & Dining > Sagapo Restaurant
3421 34th Ave, Astoria, NY | Directions 1110640.758344 -73.924103
If you want to be asked to "wrap it up", this is the spot – The restaurants great allure on a beautiful day is to sit outside; we were a group of 5 girls. We were told the last large table had a reservation, but we could sit inside. It was 85 out, so we said no to inside, but could we sit somewhere outside even if we have to push tables together. The owner (assumed to be the owner) said ok dont worry. We sat down, looking forward to good authentic greek food. The prices are very high, and I am greek, and this to me was absurdly high. One chicken souvlaki, with a side of rice costs 18$. That is ridiculous. My friend ordered calamari, which was an entree, came on a large plate, and it looked like the calamari was spread around to appear to look like more pieces. There was no sauce (which you ALWAYS get nice and hot); she asked for some, and when the waiter came with it, it was def. from a jar from the fridge. When we got all our food, my friend who ordered pastitsio was told there was none left. Why would he wait until we all had our entree's that she could not eat?! We had to continuously ask for bread and water (we all ordered spreads that required bread). It wasnt until I asked the waiter in greek for more bread, that he generously filled the basket to the top. We were having good conversation, still clearly in the middle of our dinner, when the owner guy comes over and akwardly stands in the front of our table. He asked us to please get it going because he had that reservation (which we assumed he rearranged to accomodate us). Even though we were the newest customers to sit, he asked us to leave first. We got the check a minute later, while we are still eating. A woman, assumed to be his partner came over a minute after (when Im trying to gather the money for the check) and asked if we were done. We all stared at her, laughed and said no. We were infuriated. My friend got her salad to go since she couldnt eat anymore. She got it back in a bag, and it spilled all inside; when she handed it to the busboy to have it re-wrapped, it spilled all over the table and my friends and their purses.
We left an incredibly stingy tip; I was extremely disappointed with this place. Esp since the food had potential. The prices were inflated, the service was awful. Like I said, I am greek and it was obvious that they favored 'authentically greek' customers. I have never been asked to leave during the meal. I dont think Ill ever go back. Such a shame.
Wonderful Greek and Mediterranean food on a grand scale – This is Greek and Mediterranean food on a grand scale. Premium ingredients and attention to fresh seafood also equals premium prices. The wine list includes many greek bottles with nothing less than $37 which is a bit much for table wine. The food here is delightfully prepared and presented. The chef and owner is dazzling with fish. True to the basics of Greek cuisine, everything is heavy on the olive oil, lemon, and oregano. This simple combination combined with fire equals a great way to cook the fine ingredients. I enjoyed the shrimp and feta cheese and tomato sauce appetizer. The main entree of grilled lamb chops were perfectly griled to medium. Deserts were good also. Service was impeccable
Culinary Odyssey- Greek Cuisine in its glory – Writing as a Manhattanite, a regular traveler to Greece whose sampled much of its cuisine:
Authentic, home-cooked, variety of Cretan/Greek specialties. Worth the regular Zip Car or N/W train trip from Manhattan. Truly a delightful experience-this is not your standard Greek restaurant. The daily specials are so good, you'll only be so lucky to ever order from the menu. Lamb fricassee with fresh almonds, grilled fish, cheese kalsounia drizzled with Cretan honey, it only gets better. The service is family oriented- not only can you taste their joy of cooking, you feel like you are invited into a family's kitchen. The cooks come out regularly, the wait staff are attentive. Care is made for a cozy atmosphere with trees and white lights surrounding the tables (tricking you in thinking that is is the Parthenon peeking out from between. On quieter nights, the Aegean). S'agapo, S'agapo. Thanks for bringing home Greece.
Best salad & meat ball – We love the salad and meat ball. We'd stick with just app, instead of ordering main dish (not so impressed, very huge though) Service is, well, lets just say typical Greenk style.
the isle of Crete can be found in NYC – This was another surprise to have discovered this amazing restaurant. Everything was wonderful there is nothing to say bad about it. The food was great the music added the cahrm I have been looking for. Thanks to newnewyorker com I found another piece of paradise.. I'll be back soon and this time with lots of friends.
Best real Greek food in all of Queens! – If you want real Greek food authentic to the island of Crete, this is the place to go. The service is outstanding, the owners are always there (just like the old school authentic Italian eateries) and they are the most down to earth people. If the weather is nice, sit outside and enjoy privacy behind some high bushes and plants that allow you to see just enough outside. Try the octopus and loukaniko (sausage) as starters.
Editorial Review – In addition to grilled fish and meats, four kinds of saganaki, a broiled cheese dish, are available at this classic Greek taverna.
this place has good food. seafood is great! get the octupus. order the cheese too! unlike the usual greek restaurants i've been to. it's real greek dishes (not just greek salad, falafel, gyro, etc.... if you want the usual, don't go here, these items are not even on the menu)
downside is: hummus is disappointing. i wouldn't get any meat dishes, they are dry and tough. this place is a little pricey and the portions are average in size. be prepared to spend at least $70 on dinner, if you are drinking wine, much more.
overall, a great place for a dinner date. if the weather is nice, there is a lovely patio that wraps around the restaurant.
Very romantic – I really like the place.......veryyyy romantic! Candle lit and surrounded by beautiful greenary.
Everything on the menu looked good..lots of variety.....I especially loved the dips, the fish and the greek wine! And the service was amazing....felt like a queen :-)
I'd definately go there again.....I felt very comfortable and pampered!
Good but expensive – This restaurant is good if you want to try a large variety of traditional Greek food. The atmosphere is very nice and traditional Greek. However it is quite expensive and they don't show the prices outside (for main dishes over 20 dollars).
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