Occassionally I get a craving for Greek food but don't want to travel all the way to Queens if I don't have the time to cook at home.
It can be an easy taco stand like place such as Gyro World on Northern Blvd in Flushing, or a more restaurant type place like MP Taverna in Roslyn.
I have tried Greek Towne in Rockville Centre. Not a fan.
I have been to MP Taverna in Roslyn several times, but it is very inconsistant in the food and limited, catering exclusively to non-Greeks, so the food isn't really doing it for me.
Gyro Palace on Sunrise in Merrick is the opposite of what I want.
Hellas Greek on Jeruselem in North Bellmore actually has OK souvlaki sticks, but that's it.
The Greek Grill of Huntington made a seftalia sandwich for me once that was ok, the next TWO visits it was absolutely inedible.
Neraki in Huntington does a lunch special that can feed me for lunch, but the grilled octopus was only good on my first visit. It failed on two other occassions and the *two* overcooked grilled shrimp on my last visit signed me off to this place.
Mediteranian Snack Bar and Scorpios in Huntington are a must avoid at all cost.
Gyrolicious in East Meadow has become a must avoid at all cost as well.
Greek Delight on Merrick Rd Bellmore serves nothing Greek, at all.
Santorini on Merrick Ave in Merrick is somewhat popular with non Greeks, but isn't doing anything worthy of a stop there.
Ethos in Great Neck scared us.
I haven't been back to Alexandros since they closed the place in the first location (years ago) and remember some very garlicky and ice cold chick peas as an amuse bouche. Would like to hear Chowhound opinions on this place.
Athena in Amityville did a respectable rendition of a dish once a while back that I would call "spetsofai", the menu just said "spicy Greek sausage and peppers" or something like that, but it was swimming in a pool of soy oil.
Grecian Grill in Farmingdale does an interesting, albeit non-greek, take on the chicken souvlaki, but that's it.
Limani in Roslyn is purley not Greek.
Pita Lovers East Meadow and Wantagh is a huge miss.
Souvlaki Place in Bayville boggles my mind how they have been there so long.
Some place on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square that was/is changing hands regularly had once made me a dry but tasty chicken souvlaki and paired it with yesterdays (or last weeks) lemon potatoes.
The Greek on Park in Massapequa Park is not what I'm looking for.
I'm sure there are more places to try. I haven't been to all of them, but willing to get myself to as many as I can. I know most of them are gyro joints. Whatever. I am not looking to try all the commercial gyro varieties out there though. Just as long as it's not a grilled fish joint. I am not on a trek to find that "one perfectly grilled fish". I make that at home infinitely better and more traditionally Greek as I do steaks as well.
What Greek or Greek style places are your favorites?
I'd like to hear from fellow chowhounds about Greek.
P.S. No offense, but, please, with all respect, no diners, no turkish places and no middle eastern places calling themselves 'mediterranean' or Greek. :-)