Ovelia is one of those gems that you don't expect to find in Astoria. I know, Astoria is becoming the trendy place to live in Queens these days, but Ovelia exceeds trendy and goes on to legendary. I have eaten in Ovelia several times and every time I go back, I feel like I am family. The owners, Peter (who is also the head chef) and Chris Giannakas are always on hand to chat a little and recommend some new dishes.
This leads me to the food. Imagine your old Greek Yaya meets haute cuisine. The food is an awesome fare of Greek fusion dishes. The salads are amazing, the Greek burgers are succulent and juicy, and you can't leave without tasting the pumpkin galaktoboureko. They even have a Rockin' Ribs night with perfectly smoked ribs and DJ music into the wee hours.
If you're staying in Manhattan, it's worth the subway ride into Queens! It's THAT good!! Enjoy!
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