Dear Jim et al.,
Your review excoriates Stamatis over poor Avgolemono soup and mediocre greek salad.
Allow me to suggest three dishes I eat regularly at Stamatis 23rd Avenue, which are fail-safe in my book:
1. For a great twist on Avgolemono, try the Dolmades Avgolemono (stuffed cabbage with minced pork), this is lemony and just wonderful, you should call in advance to reserve an order, they sell out quickly and frequently,
2. Melitzanosalata (eggplant/garlic/feta spread) this was the most pungent and garlicky version I have ever tasted in any Greek restaurant, PERIOD.
3. The grilled striped bass has never failed me here, it may appear ho-hum, but its charming simplicity and honesty make for a complete meal.
4. (extra bonus) The Octopus (Oktapodi in Greek) is inconsistent, but if you get it and it is right, it can be amongst the tenderest you've ever had.