Loukoumi is the latest venture in a string of restaurants opened by well-known chef and owner, Kostas Avlonitis, who, in 1974, is credited with opening one of the first Greek restaurants in New York City. Assisting him in the operation of the charming eatery is his wife Maria and son Spiro. Spiro tells us Loukoumi has two meanings. First it is commonly known as a traditional jelly pastry and secondly, it means something extraordinary. Spiro tells us prior to helping his parents in the restaurant he was a successful graphic designer. However, the business is in his DNA and he simply loves to feed people good food. One of customersí favorite dishes is the Ktapodi, a fresh charcoal grilled octopus with authentic grilled peppers, Greek seasoning, and drizzled with olive oil. Spiro tells us that itís not only the best octopus in New York, but itís the best in the United States. He has Greek customers tell him this octopus is better then they can get in Greece itself! For a unique taste, try the Melasti Feta featuring Haniotiko Feta cheese with sesame seeds and honey. Another popular selection is the Solomos Ampelo Phyllo, an Atlantic Salmon dish with herbs gently wrapped in grape vine leaves and oven roasted to perfection. Spiroís personal favorite is Loukoumiís preparation of Braised Rooster. Almost all the fish used in the restaurant are fresh. Loukoumi has something on the menu for everyone. Everything is prepared in the traditional classic greek style of cooking using only the finest ingredients. Loukoumi has a great selection of traditional Greek sweets for dessert as well. The restaurant even features a full bar and an extensive wine list with both Greek and California wines. According to Spiro, ìWhen you dine at Loukoumi Taverna, you are part of my family.î He tells us this is a real Greek Taverna, sometimes itís loud with people screaming and shouting across the restaurant. Sometimes you may have to wait an extra few minutes for your food. After all it is all cooked to order from scratch. The restaurant offers carryout and delivery services as well. At Loukoumi Taverna they strive to create an elegant and friendly atmosphere where patrons can relax and enjoy a great evening. They are proud of their warm and welcoming staff and the pride they take in providing great service to guests. Visit today and enjoy the authentic flavors and hospitality of Greece!
45-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105