Greek Islands NYC

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$30 and under
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The owner and staff can’t be more welcoming. Probably best Branzino I’ve ever had.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our favorite restaurant

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Y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small, pretty restaurant with great food and personal service. We really enjoyed ourselves.

r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We've been coming here for many many years. We know everyone by name (the owner George, the servers), they know what our favorite items on the menu are, what wine we prefer, etc. It is the most reliable restaurant around and we are happy to be there every time we get a chance to come. Food is consistent in its preparation, flavors, and presentation. There's nothing pretentious, superficial, or cute about it: it's always tasty, exactly what we expect, and at times - beyond of what we expect. This is a true neighborhood restaurant every neighborhood should have at least one of, and we can always rely on this place to keep us happy, well-fed, and entertained. We had food in Greece in a number of places, as well as in a good number of Greek restaurants stateside. Greek Islands, to us, is just as good or better than those we visited around the world.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was terrific- from the complimentary chickpea dip with seasoned pita to the whole grilled dorado. One of the best baklava we’ve had. And when I had a question about the wine, our gracious server offered to provide a taste before we decided. Much appreciated. The only criticism is that the grilled shrimp dish was skimpy - four large shrimp - and was pricey for the size. This really is a neighborhood gem!

OT
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right in the midst of the up and coming Little Neck foodie central. Easy parking off on the main road, free after 6/7pm (check signs!). The servers are very attentive and know all the fresh and specials of the day! Authentic and feel good menu!!! Try the spreads and make sure to get at least three!!!

TB
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great other than the mussels that came with the Corfu salad which weren't fresh. Service was good and a nice atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Souvlaki was little strips of over salted and over cooked
chicken with burnt tasting black char. My mother sent hers back. I should have. Standard Greek salad.
The noise level was deafening. Will never return to this restaurant.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always impeccable. The food is always delicious!

J
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The decor of this place is great. You really feel like you’re in Greece. Sadly the decor was the best part of the meal. I ordered chicken souvlaki with rice. It only came with 4 small pieces of chicken that were way over cooked. One of my favorite things is charred onions and they were barely cooked. To boot it was $18.99. You can get way better value at other restaurants, many of which come with soup or salad which Greek Islands didn’t. Lastly the service was super slow. It took over an hour to get our food which wasn’t worth the wait. They serve pita topped with oregano which would have been good except for that as soon as you pick it up all the oregano falls off. Save your money and go elsewhere.

d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here several times, and never been disappointed. I am a big fan of their grilled octopus and their greek salad. Their fish dishes are fresh, well seasoned and cooked perfectly! I go back again and again and again...

MB
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful dinner. Good, fresh food and excellent friendly service. A true neighborhood gem.

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

solid food...prices at Manhattan level...noise level can preclude conversation

HF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, this was an excellent choice for dining.

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Everything is fresh and authentic. Will definitely be going back in the near future.

w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very disappointed. Service was not as good as it usually is

MB
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is always fresh and very tasty and friendly, efficient service make this a perfect neighborhood eatery.

SC
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing fresh grilled fish... do not order off the menu, wait to hear the specials!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was good. The bill was perplexing as they charged for certain things in lieu of others. As it got busy, the service level dropped significantly. The ambiance was not as elegant as expected. There was no recognition of my special occasion.
Overall value was just ok.

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have frequented many, many Mediterranean restaurants in the past. We compare every one to Greek Islands, and so far we have not found one better! The hosts go above and beyond to make your experience a special one; the food is ridiculously amazing; the ambience is simple but makes you feel you are visiting the Greek Islands! We have used them for catering in the past, and every guest gave raving reviews. Standard gyros are excellent; dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) are tasteful; spanakopita (spinach pie) perfect as a meal. Most importantly tzatziki and meze (appetizers) are often my choice for lunch or dinner! Opa!!!

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. My wife has the bronzino every time we visit here. Excellent preparation and they filet it for her. I enjoyed the salmon with filo. Best salmon dish I ever had. Service was excellent.

r
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Attentive waitstaff and excellent fish. Wines meh and no hard liquor. Good value. No need to go to Astoria.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

In the past the food was better, the noise level was not as bad and overall I found it to be just average. My lamb chops were not cooked to my liking but my dinner companion liked the salmon a lot. It was so noisy you could not here yourself think much less have a normal voice level conversation. The wait staff were polite and friendly and were concerned with our meal and comfort.

o
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food & nice restaurant!

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a
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Very small space, over priced food, although the quality was good

w
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is consistently good. Staff is pleasant and friendly. Good neighborhood restaurant especially for fresh fish.

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; friendly atmosphere; great local place; wish parking was better/easier; food delish.

C
Las Vegas
46 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great, the service was fine. The temperature in the restaurant was way to cold and should
be moderated.

RH
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was very slow. It took 45 minutes from the time we ordered to receive our meal. The lamb was tough. The noise level was high.

RY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fish could not be fresher ......loved what we ordered.....

FN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite neighborhood Greek restaurant. Both the avgolemono and lentil soups are delicious!
We love the tzakziki when it's made with lots of garlic and the chick pea salad dip when it's made without the onions. (I'm allergic to onions.) The spinach pie is always tasty with crisp flaky filo. The wait staff are all very friendly, helpful and eager to ensure that you enjoy your meal.

L
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious dinner and they offer a very extensive fish menu. I had the best mussels ever!

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Great fresh seafood beautifully prepared. The service is friendly and the owner is always around to make sure everything is ok.

n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My main dish consisted of 3 shrimps. Unacceptable!

SG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Expensive. Grilled calamari was rubbery. Grilled shrimp entree was nothing special. Three shrimp for $32. Overpriced and underwhelming. Wine was watery.

SS
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed. Kebab too salty and salad just ok. Not as good as I remember.

DG
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is very good here. The staff is lovely but understaffed. Perhaps someone was out sick? We waited a very long time for our dinner. Still will go back since the food is fresh, healthy and a very good value.

D
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best whole fish in town.... food is fresh and amazing

ST
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere-- service is good-- food was good

RB
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the chickpeas and warm pita bread given gratis. We started with the avgoleno soup and the prasini salad. The fish is always very fresh. We had grilled salmon, whole branzino and the Greek pasta with seafood. Everything was delicious.