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Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

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 much closer to Turkey and Syria than to the other Greek islands. You won't be surprised to hear that the cuisine has all sorts of Turkish and Middle Eastern elements, making it one of the most interesting in the Mediterranean. The best way to experience it is with Cyprus Meze, a tasting menu that presents 17 dishes for the incredible price of $22 per person, along with toasted pitas and French bread. Here is the selection on a recent evening--you won't go away hungry.

Read the entire Counter Culture review of Kopiaste Taverna here.

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

First to arrive was Pantzaria, a marinated beet salad.

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Next, Salata Kipriaki, a chopped cabbage salad flavored with lemon and cilantro

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Accompanied by plenty of warm toasted pitas, a trio of dips: hummus, tzatziki (with mint!), and taramosalata

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

The dishes are piling up! Next to arrive is a bowl of firm Green Olives drenched in olive oil.

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Lountza, smoked pork loin

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Contrary to type, the stuffed grape leaves called Koupepia are stuffed mainly with ground pork.

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Usually served grilled or fried, halloumi is a Crypriot goat's milk cheese.

 

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Afelia is a pork stew marinated in red wine and powdered coriander.

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Pourgouri is a salad of cracked wheat, vermicelli, and tomatoes.

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Cypriot meatballs called Keftedes

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Sheftalia: grilled pork sausages flavored with onions and parsley

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Chicken kebab (Souvlaki Kotopoulo)

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Heaped with chopped onions and parsley, the pork kebab (Soulvaki Hirino)

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Loukanika, a wine-laced beef sausage

Don't Miss the $22 Cypriot Tasting Menu at Kopiaste Taverna

Finally, a pair of desserts, Baklava and a semolina pudding called Kalo Prama

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Kopiaste Taverna

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

718-932-3220

www.kopiastetaverna.com


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