ONE OF THE LATEST culinary additions to the Queens area is a restaurant called Kavala (10-07 50th Avenue, Long Island City; 718-361-7802), serving authentic Greek dishes with a modern flare in a warm, cozy environment. The decor features rustic white walls and chic European design. This is the case of non-Hellenes owning a restaurant that serves Greek food and whose chef is non-Greek.
Kavala Estiatorio strives to serve the best iteration of classic Greek cuisine. Located on the Long Island City side of the East River, its offerings are courtesy of its progressive executive chef, Arthur Robert Saks III. The food is an upgrade to the traditional Greek kitchen of Astoria. The saganaki is very interesting, the lamb ravioli a must try. Lamb chops are grilled to perfection. Presentation and portion size are excellent.
The restaurant closes on Mondays, and it operates Tuesdays through Sundays from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. It also features brunch hours on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm.