Obsession-worthy Greek specialties, kicking it old school in Astoria.Are you missing New York's rugged charm? The kind that seems lost amidst gentrification? Louie Sparagis so craved the authenticity of his Astoria stomping grounds that he named his restaurant after that deep-seated desire. Crave is a hard-hitting eatery that brings real Greek food back to the neigh-ba-hood. Louie's specialties don’t mince wordsthe Greek Bowl, for one, overflows with a tender gyro meat of your choice, topped with feta, tomatoes, and a housemade lemon vinaigrette served on a bed of pita. And who says that Greeks aren’t down with fish and chips? I devoured my platter of fresh cod and hand cut fries (and got a little tipsy off the stiff beer batter) within minutes. The food isn’t the only thing at Crave that packs a punch: Louie brandishes a baseball bat on the weekends as a deterrent against riff raff during Crave’s late night hours. Not to worry, though. The customer service and atmosphere is as genial as the food. They're old school like that.
Greek Bowl, $9.45
Fish N' Chips, $8.95
Angry Cowboy burger, $8.95
CRAVE Burger, $6.45
SundayWednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
FridaySaturday, 11 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Photo by Bradley Hawks