I offer my long time faves below. I'd love to hear from others where the best chow is.
-- Elias Corner. Greek seafood, no menus, great atmosphere. Swordfish shish kabob, all items grilled and olive oiled. Get the chopped green salad with dill and feta, the cold marinated octopus, and the fried potatoes/zucchini/eggplant and you won't be sorry. Almost everything is a standout, so bring friends and also order the jumbo shrimp, fried whitebait, calamari, and the porgy. Only drawback: a very limited choice of wines.
-- Zenon Taverna. Also great Greek food, more classy setting, and with a Cypriot twist. We had my husband's 50th birthday party here with a large crowd, and had a wonderful time. We had arranged a reasonably priced spread to be put out, and the food just kept coming. The gracious host was concerned we hadn't eaten to capacity and send out extra treats on the house. My favorite lunch plate is the char-grilled zucchini and eggplant with skordalia.
-- Cevabdzinica Sarajevo. My first Bosnian restaurant and why would I go anywhere else? Everything we've ordered in our many visits has been delicious, even the "hamburger" and liver. Order a scoop of the fantastic cjaymak spread; it's is a cross between butter, cream, and sour cream. Most outstanding: the borek and the mixed grill.
-- Balkh. Best Afghan food in the city. You can eat in the outside garden, inside has rug covered walls. I love the salmon kebab. Under the el on 31st St., between Elias Corner and Ditmars.
-- Sabor Tropical (on Grand Ave). Neighborhood Brazilian. Grilled steak of course, with all the traditional topics and sides. Plus at least one caiparina. A fun family place.
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