Well my friends, it finally happened. There have been some good ones and plenty of bad ones. But now we have something special in the neighborhood. Ovelia on the corner of 30th ave and 34th street is a real find (and once again discovered by wife Jen and forced upon me), The food, ahhh the food. Greek food done right!
First lets talk about the decor. Not bad, a bit of a mix but not bad. Nice glasses, tables, lighting.
Service was very nice and attentive. The place did seem rather pricey and higher end looking than other places in the hood.
The wine list had many Greek wines to choose from ($20-$60) and a small selection of other wines. Bar looked stocked but didnt really give it a good look.
We started with the trinity ($15) of tarama, tzitziki and caponata/babaganoush. You could taste the fish roe and not salty at all, sublime. The baba was fire roasted and smooth with chunks of tomato, excellent. Tzitziki was very nice. All served with toasted seasoned pita and toasted Italian bread. A great starter, too much for just two people but well worth it for the taste.
Dinner was a Market price ($19 very cheap for what they served) whole red snapper which was char grilled and perfectly seasoned and crisp with a very tender flesh. Absolutely perfect and without fault. Dish came with choice of one side, I had broccoli rabe, it was good. We also had a casserole of shrimp wrapped in eggplant slices in a tomato type sauce. Once again a sublime dish. Jen really loved it.
They forced a dessert on us. Pretty much light pillowy zeppoli's covered in honey syrup and cinnamon. WOW!
Met the owners Mark and Chris. Very nice guys. Mark's dad (a chef of many many years) is running the kitchen prep and recipes. making sure they do it right back there in the kitchen.
So what I'm saying here is please try it. Love it and pass it on to another lucky soul in need of a great meal. Hopefully the food and service will stay at this level and we have a new and solid addition to the Astoria family of fine restaurants. Let's support Ovelia, they certainly deserve the attention and patronage.
Stay tuned for some other insights from Jen.