Review: Stamatis, Astoria

I've recently started reviewing New York restaurants on Yelp in 100 words or fewer and will repost some of them here. Enjoy.

Stamatis, Astoria

Exquisite Greek food. Huge portions for sharing.

Lamb in tomato sauce ($14) was the homiest thing I’ve eaten in a while: braised lamb shank falling off the bone, which we ate with rice and peas and a half-sized portion of okra in tomato sauce ($5). Comfort food.

Though listed as an appetizer, grilled squid ($12), with fire-grill char, could easily be a main. The small antipasto ($9) is four dips: taramousalata (mayonnaise-like whipped spread of fish roe), tzatziki, mashed eggplant with garlic, and skordalia (mashed potato with garlic).

House red by the carafe ($10) is a light and drinkable bargain.

2909 23rd Ave., Astoria, NY