About 20 years after World War II, Astoria, Queens began attracting a large number of Greek immigrants. It wasn’t long before the neighborhood transformed into New York City’s Greektown, where the recent transplants dazzled restaurant-goers with a unique version of Mediterranean cuisine that prized carefully honed family recipes and rustic preparations. Today, Greeks have become the minority in Astoria, but the legacy of their authentic dishes live on in neighborhoods across the city.Read More
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