29-06 172nd St.,Bayside
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Hours: 11.am. to 11 p.m.
Some restaurants go above and beyond to make sure you get the best meal possible. Often, this extra effort separates the best from the rest. Open since July of this year, Kalamaki NYC already has the cuisine to make it one of the best Greek eateries in the City.
For owner Ari Konstantinidis, authenticity is essential. This is not an Americanized Greek restaurant. Instead, everything is made like a home-cooked meal in Greece would be. All of the food, bought and made fresh every day, is cooked in proportions that guarantee the best flavors, while still giving you plenty to eat.
To start, my girlfriend and I tried Kalamaki’s homemade hummus and a plate of kolokithokeftedes, which are fried squash balls with tzatziki sauce. They were sweet and delicious, with a spicy kick. The hummus, accompanied by seasoned pita bread, comes in several delectable flavors, including tomato, onion and red pepper.
For the main course, we split an order of souvlaki pita and a half rotisserie chicken platter. My girlfriend and I could not eat the souvlaki fast enough. Each bite was filled with flavor, with no one ingredient overwhelming the others. It was the best souvlaki dish I have ever had, and I say that as someone who lives in Astoria.
The chicken was excellent too, juicy enough that I did not need any additional sauce, which is usually necessary for me.
To wrap up the meal, I had a Greek yogurt with apple, cinnamon, walnuts and brown sugar, while my girlfriend had the “Smores” Greek yogurt. Like everything else we ate, it excelled, with the mixed-in selections creating fantastic flourishes among the already top-of-the-line yogurt.
For those who want a bigger dinner, I also recommend the Chef’s Special, Giaourtlou “Politico,” which is grilled ground beef and lamb infused with herbs and spices, sitting on a bed of pita bread with strained Greek yogurt and tomato sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?
If you are looking for a genuine Greek meal, with food that tastes like it was made in front of you at home or from a Greek food truck, then go to Kalamaki. Whether you stop in for a quick bite or for a full dinner, you will leave having found a new favorite.
– Joe Marvilli