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Review: A taste of the Greek cuisine at Nisi Estiatorio in Astoria

Nisi Estiatorio is a modern Greek restaurant that is located in Astoria, New York.

Nisi Estiatorio
Nisi Estiatorio. Photo Courtesy of Nisi Estiatorio.
Nisi Estiatorio. Photo Courtesy of Nisi Estiatorio.

Nisi Estiatorio is a modern Greek restaurant that is located in Astoria, New York.

It celebrates the traditional Greek culture and cuisine with a modern twist to it. In the Greek language, the word “Nisi” translates into “Island.” This journalist had the opportunity to dine on Wednesday, April 10th.

Spanakopita
Spanakopita at Nisi. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos.

For appetizers, one should try their “Spanakopita,” which is spinach and feta cheese in filo dough; moreover, it is both a healthy and light choice, and it is served alongside creamy Greek yogurt.

Calamari
Calamari. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos.

Their “Cretan Dakos Salad” is made up of Cretan crackers, tomatoes, fresh oregano, onions, mizithra cheese, and topped with crumbled feta cheese.

Dakos Salad at Nisi
Dakos Salad at Nisi. Photo Credit; Markos Papadatos

Their “Halloumi” cheese sticks were mellow and tangy.

Halloumi cheese sticks at Nisi
Halloumi cheese sticks at Nisi. Photo Credit; Markos Papadatos.

Entrées

Their “Lamb Chops” were grilled, tender and juicy, accompanied with herbs and lemon potatoes.

Lamb Chops
Lamb Chops at Nisi. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos.

Equally impressive was their “Xifia Souvlaki” (which translates into Swordfish Shish kebab) accompanied with lemon potatoes, Green salad and pomegranate seeds.

Xifia Souvlaki at Nisi Estiatorio
Xifia Souvlaki at Nisi Estiatorio. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos.

Desserts

Their dessert selection included “Galaktobureko,” as well as “Ekmek” and “Kormos.”

Their Galaktobureko custard cream pie was rich, savory, and fresh.

Galaktobureko
Galaktobureko at Nisi. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

Equally remarkable was their “Ekmek,” which is a Greek pastry with custard and whipped cream pastry with syrup topped with strawberries and blackberries.

Ekmek
Ekmek at Nisi. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

 In Greek culture, “Kormos” is a deliciously simple, no-bake chocolate dessert.

Kormos at Nisi
Kormos at Nisi. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

Conclusion

Overall, Nisi Estiatorio is a fine Greek restaurant in the heart of Astoria, Queens. The servers were swift and attentive, and all of the dishes were quite noteworthy. It has a neat ambiance with Greek music playing in the background. There is an authenticity to this cuisine. Nisi is worth checking out, and it garners two thumbs up.

To learn more about Nisi Estiatorio, check out its official homepage, and follow the Greek eatery on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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