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Astoria located in Queens, New York, home to many Greek-Americans and also known as Greektown, is said to have the city’s greatest Greek food and shwarma. It’s a place you should definitely check out when in New York city.
A quick train from Manhattan to Queens will take you to a wonderful world.
We recently got to try some lovely dishes at Jimbo’s, a nice little family-owned Greek restaurant located in Astoria, Queens.
Yianni along with his brother Peter are the owners of Jimbo’s Restaurant & Bar. To get the freshest food, the brothers go to the Fulton fish market at 3:00am to buy the first catches of the day and they import their olives and cheese straight from their homeland, Greece.
We started our meal with Kria Pikilia – an assortment of three greek spreads that was served with Pita. It had Tzatziki which is a yogurt spread with cucumbers, garlic and olive oil, Tirakofetri – spicy Feta spread with jalapenos and Melitzalonasalata – roasted eggplant spread with fresh herbs.
I am a tzatziki lover so obviously, amongst the three, it was my favorite. The hubs liked the spicy feta spread which was surprising to me since he is not really a fan of feta cheese that much. But he couldn’t stop eating this spread with the Pita.
The portion was humongous and I admit that if I would have eaten the entire thing, I would have left no appetite for the rest of the dishes.
I wanted to try their Saganaki which is brandy flamed cheese with a touch of lemon. It was warm, cheesy and delicious.
Cheese lovers will definitely rejoice!
For the entree, we decided to go with Kota Souvlaki which is basically juicy chicken skewers served with rice and salad. I opted for this since it’s quite a while I had this dish.
Along with this, we decided to go for their Arni Youvetsi which is Tender Lamb baked in herbs and Orzo. This dish is from their Oven/ Casserole menu. I will be honest here, although I’m a huge fan of chicken souvlaki, the lamb was so good that it really overshadowed the chicken.
It was so soft that it was literally falling off the bone and was perfectly flavored. Yianni said that it is one of their signature dishes and he makes sure that it’s done perfectly. It is cooked for about 2 hours and was bubbling hot when it was served to us. In my opinion, this is definitely a must-try.
We finished our meal with the ever famous dessert – Baklava as well as their Greek tea.
The portions are pretty big including the Baklava. The coffee was as expected – aromatic, bold & strong and we really enjoyed it.
We had a sumptuous meal at Jimbo’s. It is conveniently located close to the train station and there is parking available on the street as well. My love for Greek food has made me explore many different restaurants and Jimbo’s is definitely a good option anytime you happen to be in Queens.
- Address: Jimbo’s Restaurant and Bar 3005 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY 11102
- Phone: (718) 204-2087
- Website: jimbosgreekrestaurant.com
- Trains: N to Astoria Blvd.
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