Kopiaste Taverna

23-15 31st St.
New York, NY 11105


  • Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 4pm-12am
Kopiaste, which means “Come in and sit down,” is an Astorian taverna that represents the cuisine of the Greek population of the island of Cyprus, a place that has been disputed territory between Greece and Turkey for at least a century. The food at this amazing place is a fascinating mixture of Middle Eastern, Turkish, and Greek, and the best way to experience this is a tasting of 17 dishes called Cyprus Meze on the menu. There are bread dips like tzatziki and taramosalata, both tasting a little different than you remember them from other Greek places. Other dishes included cracked-wheat torpedos much like Lebanese kibbe and a pilaf made with bulghur that is similarly Middle Eastern. Then there are wine-laced sausages, and pork and chicken kebabs. Depart from the tasting menu and find other Attic delights: browned zucchini patties served with garlicky scordalia, charred octopus tentacles in a red wine vinaigrette, and whole fish flame grilled and doused with lemon. --Robert Sietsema

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  • Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8 a.m. by Robert Sietsema

    Sweep up the stairs and into the spacious dining room to begin your tasting menu of short plates from Cyprus. Astoria newcomer Kopiaste ("Come in and sit down") Taverna presents the Greek cooking of the island of Cyprus, which is mu...

  • Mediterranean Diet at Kopiaste Taverna
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4 a.m. by Robert Sietsema

    If Turkey were a skull facing west, the island of Cyprus would be tucked well under its chin, a scant 60 miles off both the Turkish and Syrian coasts. A sizable portion of the Cypriot population is Turkish, but the majority is of an...


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