Party like a Greek.
Mon May 31 2010
You don’t need to travel to Cyprus to steal Aphrodite’s beauty secrets—simply head to mod apothecary Mastihashop (145 Orchard St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 212-253-0895, mastihashopny.com), which specializes in products made with mastiha, a rare tree resin found only on the isle of Chios. According to co-owner Artemis Kohas, this “ancient therapeutic ingredient” has proven antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Pick up mastiha-spiked rose-petal gum ($2.50) and shampoo ($17.25) to combat gingivitis and strengthen hair, respectively.
Aegean grocery Titan Food (25-56 31st St at Astoria Blvd, Astoria, Queens; 718-626-7771, titanfood.com), is stocked with goods from Greece and Cyprus, including coffees, teas, honey and olive oil.
Seaburn Books (33-18 Broadway at 34th St, Astoria, Queens; 718-267-7929, seaburn.com) “has been part of the literary culture of Greece in New York for over 15 years,” says owner Sam Chekwas of his no-frills bookstore. Seaburn pays tribute to its multicultural neighborhood with a friendly staff, which happens to be fluent in at least a half dozen languages, and by stocking tomes in just as many tongues. If Nicholas Gage’s Eleni looks Greek to you (and for good reason—it is), sign up for one of Seaburn’s free hour-long beginner language classes on Thursdays at 7pm.
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