Opening Cavo’s unassuming front doors reveals one of the most elegant nights of Greek fare this side of Athens (with significantly less traveling). Word to the wise: go for the octopus.We're about to let you in on a little secret. 31st Avenue in Astoria? It harbors a Mediterranean retreat — one that brims with decadent meals, all-night dancing, open-air seating and mysterious decor. Opening Cavo’s unassuming front doors reveals one of the most elegant nights of Greek fare this side of Athens (with significantly less traveling). The front room’s spacious four-sided bar and softly lit booths lead into a two-story dancehall and a stately courtyard, complete with cascading waterfalls and flowing fresh air. Yes, waterfalls. No matter the occasion, Cavo is certainly a ticket to paradise (although not literally).
The menu at Cavo also has the makings of a stylish night out. The charcoal-grilled octopus comes glistening in Greek olive oil with rich potatoes, lemon and tomato. And the mac’n’cheese shows up table-side, baked with orzo, jumbo shrimp and a kefalograviera cheese béchamel, It's a rich twist on the classic pasta. The main attraction, though? Savory entrees accompanied by a dreamy accent of a side-dish. The branzino is pan-seared and nestled next to charred tomato, capers and red onion relish. But the skirt steak is somethin' else entirely. The magnificently marinated beast is best conquered alongside feta cheese potato crunch, cippolini onions and ladolemono (a fresh lemon oil sauce). These folks claim that this fare is a treat for all five senses, and after doing our fair of seeing, smelling and, consequently, drooling, we're inclined to agree.
Cávo’s Shrimp Mac’n’Cheese, $12
Skirt Steak, $27
Fish of the Day, M.P.
Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday - Saturday, 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight