The Souvlaki Lady is perhaps the most well-know person in Astoria. Serving up authentic Greek tastes passed down from generation to generation, Elpida's Souvlaki stand has been a staple in the community for 30 years and counting.
Known to all of Astoria as the Souvlaki Lady, Elpida Vasiliadis’ greek food cart is nothing short of an institution. For twenty-five years the Souvlaki Lady has served on the corner of 33rd Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens. Vasiliadis celebrated recipes are those she learned from her grandmother. Vasiliadis was part of the emergence of Greek food in New York City — when she started serving souvlaki the only people who knew what she was serving were Greek immigrants. Now she serves to everyone in the neighborhood, who can't stop coming back for the taste of Greece.
In this video from Eater's excellent "Dining on a Dime" series, watch as host Lucas Peterson sees if her cart serves up the City's best meat skewers, and perhaps some of her other Greek items as well.
Greeks have been grilling meat for centuries, and the tradition is being kept alive withThe Souvlaki Lady, who has been on the corner of Ditmars and 33rd St in Astoria, Queens for 30 years. On this episode of Dining on a Dime, Lucas Peterson tries her namesake souvlaki, with some soutzoukakia and some delicious (and secret) sauces.
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