Gyro World brings Favorite Local Greek Dishes to Astoria
Since the @thisisastoria_ Foodies team has been busy grubbing in local neighborhoods instead of vacationing this summer, Gyro World brought Greece to us.
Their elegant, dainty, and very blue interior made the team feel like we were in a Greece by smelling the aroma of delicious food and soaking up the sun and fresh air.
We also learned that this entire time we have been fooled by many restaurants! The traditional Greek salad is in fact NOT served with lettuce. Horiatiki, the real Greek salad, is made with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, stuffed grape leaves, feta cheese, and olives.
Rather than an overpriced cheese platter, we had haloumi. Grilled goat cheese on top of tomatoes, cucumber and pita bread. They were way better than the Lunchables mini sandwiches from the fourth grade.
It turns out that every culture has their own version of bacon! The Greek version is known as pancetta. This chopped pork and was definitely marinated in lots of delicious spices.
Instead of ordering a side of fries, we had a side of lemon potatoes. Each potato was carefully sliced and made with the perfect amount of lemon so that it was very flavorful but not too sour.
Gyro World blessed us with a ginormous platter of Greek food– The Gyro World Platter. Served with tzatziki sauce and pita bread, we had all types of Greek meats. There was gyro, Greek gyro, bifteki, pork souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, and loukaniko.
And of course, we couldn’t leave without trying some authentic Greek beer.
To read more about owner Dimitris Petridis (right) and his sons, Kosta (left) and Thanasi, head over to www.licjournal.com
The Astoria Gyro World is located at 36-02 30th avenue.
For more information follow them on Instagram: @gyroworld or visit https://gyroworldnyc.com/
Greek food has been in Astoria since Astoria was Astoria. Shoddy investigation.
Astoria via wikipedia:
“The 1960s saw a large increase of Greek population from mainland Greece, and after 1974, there was an influx of Greeks from Cyprus. This cultural imprint can be seen in the numerous Greek restaurants, bakeries, tavernas, and cafes, as well as several Greek Orthodox churches”