Next time you get off the train at Astoria Blvd., fol low the crowd to SVL Souvlaki Bar for a delicious meal of meze, souvlaki, salads, sticks, and juicy burgers all prepared with organic meats and the highest quality vegetables. SVL (shorthand for souvlaki) takes classic Greek street food and gives it a modern, healthy twist that you will love. The sleek, clean, modern dining room has high top tables and stools for comfortable dining, or you can eat along the bar and watch the magic happen in the kitchen right before your eyes. There you’ll find Peter Katsiaris, owner and chef, preparing consistently delicious sandwiches, platters and mini pita ‘shots’ to please the hungry crowd. The pho ne never stops with orders to go, and many take their order home with them, as they are right downstairs from the N Train.
SVL Bar prepares everything on the spot, so your meal arrives hot and juicy. You can choose tender pork stick, chicken stick, beef kebab, chicken wrapped in bacon, or a vegan stick. These sticks are addictive and can be ordered on their own, as part of a pita sandwich, or a platter.
Start with horiatiki salad made with ripe tomatoes, cucumber, onion, peppers, capers, and a slab of creamy, imported feta cheese. The pretty metal bowls that the food is served in make for a beautiful presentation, along with warm triangles of grilled pita bread. An assortment of homemade dips is perfect for sharing and spreading on pita; including tzatziki sauce made with Greek- style yogurt, spicy feta cheese dip called tyrokafteri and eggplant dip, all made fresh each day.
A great way to sample a few of their signature gyros is to order mini pita shots. You’ll get four mini pitas stuffed with your choice of meat or vegetables, hand cut French fries, lettuce and tomato, all served in a clever metal holder, specially made for SVL Bar. Try the handmade Greek sausage called loukaniko. In a mini pita, it’s just delicious. Gyro meat is hand sliced and can be piled into a full-sized pita or served on a plate with your choice of salad, rice, or hand cut fries. If there are a bunch of you, order the mixed grill plate prepared for two or four people and sample all the succulent meats.
SVL signature burgers are a handful, made with freshly ground Angus beef, or Greekstyle bifteki stuffed with Kefalograviera cheese. You choose all the elements to create your perfect burger. Order your favorite bun; be it a soft brioche, whole wheat bun, pretzel bun, or pita pocket. Then, add your favorite toppings such as cheddar cheese, Swiss, feta, goat cheese, bacon, onions, arugula, pickles or tomato. All the French fries at SVL Bar are hand cut from fresh potatoes. The Greek fries are addictive, sprinkled with sea salt, oregano, and crumbled feta cheese.
SVL makes homemade baklava and other tempting desserts, including loukoumades, which are fried balls of dough, topped with honey and cinnamon or Nutella. Greek yogurt topped with honey and walnuts is a classic Greek treat, along with frothy frappé or coffee.
SVL Bar is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack, from 11am to 11pm. You can order online directly from their website or through Seamless. They deliver fast and free, and they’re also right on your way home from work. Try SVL Bar for something new, fresh, and tasty!
30-18 Astoria Boulevard
Astoria, NY 718.406.9141
(entrance on 31st Street)