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New Restaurant Features Wine And Homemade Greek On 31st Street


Nov. 25, 2015 By Michael Florio

A Greek restaurant featuring a wide variety of wines opened last month.

Dionysos Restaurant opened in October at 23-15 31st St., according to owner Paraskezi Roussopoulos.

The restaurant is named after the Greek god of wine.

The menu features a variety of red, white, “roze” and dessert wines, served by the glass, and in small or large carafs, according to the menu. It has a full bar serving wine, beer and liquor.

The menu includes Dionysos Grilled Poikilia, a lamb chop dish, as well as rib eye steak and chicken or pork souvlaki.

Seafood dishes include pan fried fish, broiled filet and grilled shrimp.

The menu also has a variety of salads, soups and sandwiches.

Everything is made on location.

“Everything is homemade right in the restaurant,” Roussopoulos said. “Nothing is frozen or store bought.”

The restaurant is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.

The restaurant can seat up to 100 people, according to Roussopoulos. However, she has live music on weekends and sets up space for customers to dance. On those nights the restaurant can seat up to 80 people.

She said she decided to open her own restaurant after serving as a manager in a Greek restaurant for years. She picked Astoria due to the large local Greek population.

“There are a lot of people in Astoria,” she said. “I call it Greekoria.”

She also decided to open in Astoria because she is a longtime resident.

Roussopoulos was born in Greece and lived there for 20 years. She moved to Astoria 38 years ago and has lived in the neighborhood ever since.

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