Uncle Nick's

Restaurants , Greek Chelsea
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Uncle Nick's

It’s hard to tell if the standards at this long-standing institution of all food Greek have dropped considerably or if the offerings across the river have dramatically raised customer expectations. Dolmades are bland and forgettable, and a sampler of tzatziki, tarama, melitzanosalata and scordalia is few steps up from deli-counter grade. Seafood, like excellent marinated octopus and meaty swordfish, is more deserving of praise, but you’ll find better mousaka at just about any Greek-run diner in the Northeast—the dry ground beef here is certainly not helped by its thick veneer of overcooked bechamel, both of which suggest that time-honored cooking method known as the heat lamp. Good thing tourists can’t find their way to Queens, or Uncle Nick could find himself crying...uncle.

Venue name: Uncle Nick's
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Address: 382 Eighth Ave
New York

Cross street: at 29th St
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–11pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to 28th St (Broadway)
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Maria M
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Good, fresh Greek food, but not worthy of the prices you'd pay. I would rate the restaurant based on the food solely as a 3.5/4, but it deserves 3 stars because of the horrible service. I waited almost twenty minutes for a piece of pita bread, and a half hour for someone to clear our food and bring the check... and the restaurant was not even busy. If you're looking for decent Greek food in the area and don't have to rush, this place is fine. But if you're looking for amazing Greek food at a reasonable price and a good restaurant, you're sure to find better picks around the city, especially in Astoria.