The ancient Olympic Games in Greece included such since-forgotten events as pole vaulting with pita rods, swimming through olive oil, and throwing souvlaki down fields toward the open mouths of philosophers. Let the gastronomic games continue with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drink at Ovelia, located in Astoria. This Groupon is not valid toward online ordering. It is also not valid toward happy-hour prices.
Ovelia twists simple, traditional Greek food into new variations. Launch into lunch, which includes a variety of pita and pasta options, such as the pasticio ($10), a ziti pasta with seasoned ground beef that is topped with a béchamel cream sauce and served with lemon potatoes or rice. Sandwichistas can satisfy cravings for bread-bookended sustenance with a pulled-pork sandwich ($10.50), featuring Greek-style roasted pork on ciabatta or a seven-grain roll, while burger barons can opt for mini-munchies with three Kobe-beef sliders ($16), accompanied by a Cream cover band's worth of sauces.
Delve into dinner with a cold starter, such as the spicy feta spread of kafteri ($8), or opt for the hot appetizer Ovelia loukaniko ($9.50), featuring Ovelia's specialty house-made sausage. Entrees include grilled scallops ($22), mousaka ($14), and a lamb fig kebab ($18). Mid-week mealtimes bring Ovelia's Rock n' Ribs Wednesdays, with a half-rack of barbecue ribs ($14.95) and a bowl of spicy chili ($9.50) among the items firing up feasting engines. Sunday drivers can take a break from inspiring road rage to navigate through the three-course nourishment of Sunday's prix-fixe dinner menu ($25 per person).
Until the warm weather retreats to its vacation spot in the South Pacific, outdoor seating is available to Ovelia guests. Pair people watching with a Greek fusion cocktail such as the Ovelia Sikatini ($9), which infuses Metaxa (Greek brandy) and Skyy vodka with figs and white cranberry juice. Indoor seating is also available in a modernly decorated interior.
Ovelia is a New York magazine Critics' Pick, and Tasting Table New York recommends it. Zagat members give the food and décor a 21, and more than 100 Yelpers give it a four-star average. Citysearchers also give the restaurant an average of four stars:
- A brief shout-out to Astoria's Ovelia, for its skillfully executed Greek food and its swanky décor, which regularly draw Patricia Field and her entourage. Wait, to Astoria? Really? – New York magazine
- Why run to Athens when Ovelia has it down pat? Sleek, Modern digs with creative, truly yummy food. – Lady KMC, Zagat
34-01 30th Ave.
Astoria, New York 11103Get Directions