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New Greek Mediterranean Restaurant To Open at Prominent Astoria Corner on 30th Avenue

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A new Greek restaurant is set to open on the prominent corner of 30th Avenue and 32nd Street in Astoria (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Nov. 10, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

A new Greek restaurant is set to open on the prominent corner of 30th Avenue and 32nd Street in Astoria.

Nisi Mediterranean, a restaurant that will serve items such as imported fish and wine from Greece, will open next month at 32-01 30th Ave. – a two-story standalone building that has housed several different establishments over the last decade.

The new eatery, for instance, will replace Calexico, a California-style Mexican restaurant that closed over the summer having only opened in December. Other occupants of the space have included Burnside Biscuits, Salt and Bone Smokehouse and Athens Café.

The high turnover rate has led some Astorians to claim that the space is jinxed.

However, Lefteris Daskalopoulos, who co-owns Nisi Mediterranean with his business partner, said he is unfazed by the label and said he is very confident that their eatery will be a success at the spot.

“Some people think that the place is cursed, but we have faith that the Greek concept will work there,” said Daskalopoulos.

Daskalopoulos said that Astoria has a large Greek population and that the Greek-themed Athens Café was successful for many years at the space before shuttering in 2014. He said that there is a lack of Greek restaurants on 30th Avenue and the pair are looking to tap into a gap in the market.

“Astoria is connected with Greek food and we are bringing something back that we know people love,” said Daskalopoulos, who is from Greece and has lived in Astoria.

Nisi Mediterranean (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Nisi Mediterranean will offer fish dishes such as black seabass lavraki and tsipoura. Other items will include pork chops, lamb shank and grilled chicken ciabatta, while entrees like saganaki, grilled octopus and crab cake will also be on the menu.

The owners have applied for a liquor license and intend on offering wine and cocktails. Patch was first to report on the opening.

Daskalopoulos said the menu will mostly mimic that of the pair’s only other restaurant – also called Nisi Mediterranean – located on Long Island.

The pair established two restaurants in Manhattan that have both closed. One of those establishments opened in Times Square two months before the pandemic struck and was forced to shutter due to the first lockdown.

They hope to have better fortune with their Astoria operation, Daskalopoulos said.

Daskalopoulos said the new restaurant aims to replicate the ambiance of a Greek island. He said that the word “misi” means “island” in Greece.

Bright white paint has replaced the exterior black walls while new wooden floors have gone down inside. The indoor seating area will cater to around 110 people with the restaurant occupying the ground floor space only.

The current outdoor dining area, located along Newtown Avenue, will be extended with plans in place to create a second outdoor seating area along 30th Avenue, Daskalopoulos said.

He said that there will be around 200 seats available in total when all of the construction work is completed at the establishment.

Opening hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Fish and pancakes at Nisi Mediterranean (Photos via Instagram)

Some food items at Nisi Mediterranean (Photo via Nisi Mediterranean)

Nisi Mediterranean (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

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The outdoor area along Newtown Avenue, (Photo by Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

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