Assured of good food, reasonable prices and an Aegean taverna café theme, local couples happily wait hand in hand for Agnanti’s patio tables overlooking Astoria Park. This winsome restaurant’s part-Greek, part-Turkish “Constantinople cuisine” deftly combines lamb and seafood with touches of almond, cinnamon and pine nuts. The menu emphasizes meze, or appetizers, and everyone seems to order a hearty, delicious phyllo-crusted meat pie. The intrepid move on to Greek-style main courses such as fried or grilled fish, tomato-bathed soutzoukakia meatballs or garides liana, a quintet of behemoth shrimp in a splendid lemony sauce. Regulars knowingly pair the gratis honey-cake–and-yogurt house dessert with semisweet, ruby-red mavrodaphne wine from Greece’s Peloponnese islands.
19-06 Ditmars Blvd
|Cross street:||at 19th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 3pm–midnight; Sat, Sun 1pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: N to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd|
|Price:||Average main course: $13. AmEx, MC, V|