What is Authentic Greek Cuisine?

What is Authentic Greek Cuisine?

America is known around the world as a melting pot of cultures. This is literally the case when it comes to global cuisine. In cities like New York you can find an Italian pizzeria on one corner and a Turkish coffee shop on the next. However, not all restaurants offer authentic cuisine as it exists in the country it was conceptualized and produced in. 

This is why most Americans are more familiar with Greek American food than they are with authentic Greek cuisine. While many diners and restaurants serve Americanized Greek salads, gyros and beyond, Go Greek in Garden City, NY strives to offers customers a truly authentic Greek cuisine experience. 

Authentic Greek Cuisine vs. Americanized

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular “Greek” dishes here in America and see how they compare to how they are made in Greece (and Go Greek!):

Greek Salad

One of the most distinguishable aspects of the authentic Greek salad is the absence of lettuce. However, most American iterations of the salad features lettuce along with tomatoes, feta cheese, olives. Cucumbers, bell peppers, radishes, and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) are also common. 

The traditional, authentic Greek salad recipe, meanwhile, includes (and only includes) tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, olives and feta cheese. At Go Greek, this dish is called the Villager Salad. However, lettuce lovers can also get their fix with the Romaine Salad. It includes scallions, dill, and feta – all staple Greek ingredients!


The word gyro translates into “turn or revolution” – referring to the revolving rotisserie grill the Greek pork is cooked on. While many restaurants may offer a dish called a gyro, not all are prepared in the authentic, Greek fashion. Some even use ground lamb and beef “mystery meat.” In Greece, lamb gyros are practically non-existent. Although this version is easily accessible and convenient at New York City food trucks and elsewhere, it is not a true gyro. In fact, the gyros most New Yorkers grab on the go are made with mass produced cones of meat – invented in the 1970s.

Authentic Greek gyros are far from mass-produced. Restaurants like Go Greek follow the traditional Greek recipe and use the revolving rotisserie grill to bring customers the most authentic experience. They can choose between pork or chicken (as an alternative), which is sliced right off the grill and placed on a pita with tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce, and french fries. Yes, french fries! The potato addition is derived from the gyro’s inception as a street food where convenience is key.


The term Dolma, which is often interchanged with Dolmades in America, is actually a family of stuffed dishes in Mediterranean cuisine. Authentic Greek Dolmades is a dish featuring grape leaves stuffed with rice, dill, and various herbs depending on the family recipe. The most notable difference from the Americanized recipe is the fact that they are vegetarian. Americanized Dolmades often include the ground lamb and beef also used in American gyros. 

Go Greek proudly hand rolls their Dolmades fresh every day for customers. The healthy snack is stuffed with season riced and soaked with EVOO olive oil. It is one of many vegetarian dishes offered. Like the rest of the menu, it is also GMO and chemical free. 

The Go Greek family is proud of its roots from Southern Greeks and loves sharing authentic dishes with Long Island. Their philosophy is no shortcuts, no frozen foods, no microwaves – just handmade, fresh, quality Greek cuisine made with the best ingredients.