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Aliada (Astoria)

chefcoleman | Jan 18, 2004 10:26 AM

There is much talk about Greek food in Astoria (for obvious reason) but I rarely see Aliada (30th st. & Broadway) mentioned...either good or bad. I have seen a few mentions inside some threads but not too much...

I will admit a soft spot for Aliada as it was my first meal in NYC after moving here 16 months ago. We were treated quite well and had a great meal (save for the sweetbreads...see below). I have always found the service pleasant but find it odd I can sit there well after I am done and NEVER get the check until I ask for it...seems to be true at many restaurants Queens.

Overall I find the appetizers to be the most appealing except for the glykadakia (sautéed sweetbreads) which were chewy and did not have the membrane removed...inedible. I prefer the grilled octopus here to S'Agapo (where I had to send it back...clearly old and fishy...only one of three dishes I have sent back to the kitchen in memory). The grilled halloumi cheese, not a great value compared to the rest of the menu but a fun dish and the fried zucchini & eggplant are nice starters.

The platters are a good value, but inconsistent...the donner (lamb) was quite tough the one time I tried it, but I find the falafel to be a great comfort dish, if all starch.

Overall I have had average to very good meals here, with my companions pretty much agreeing...any thoughts?

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