"There are a lot of bakeries around...but this one is really special."

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"There are a lot of bakeries around...but this one is really special."

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Serving Great-Tasting Greek Specialties Since 1968

Victory Sweet Shop

Victory Sweet Shop was established in 1968 by The Sakalis Family. The Sakalis Family right from the start offered The Greek Community a taste of Greece by offering authentic Greek pastries representing various parts of Greece.George Sakalis comes from a family of bakers and Antigoni Sakalis’ father was Head Chef at many of the top and most elegant hotels in the island of Rhodes, Greece. Their daughter, Anna Sakalis, with degrees in Economics/Finance & Computer Science, has joined the family business as Chief of Sales & Marketing & as Certified Wedding Planner. It’s no wonder, that their talents combined, created one of the most successful Greek bakeries throughout the U.S.

Now with an expansion of the business, The Sakalis Family offers an even larger selection of Greek specialties. The Café-Restaurant includes unique Greek appetizers and delicacies. The Garden Restaurant also provides the perfect setting for all types of events: weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, baptisms, communions, birthdays and much more. The newly renovated space provides an ambiance that will leave you breathless!

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"There are a lot of bakeries around...but this one is really special."

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Voted Best Baklava by Culinary Backstreets

The Oldest Greek Bakery in Astoria!

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What people are saying about Victory

New York Times Queens

Pastry shops abound in the Greek community of Astoria. The most Old World of all is VICTORY SWEET SHOP. Somewhat resembling a small-town luncheonette, it has a single counter with five stools and a selection of bubble gum, Hershey bars, M & M's and Milky Ways. However, its fascination lies in the row of glass-lidded bins of homemade pastries. The cookies called amigdalota, which look mundane, are delicious, with a crunchy crust with slivered almonds and a chewy, moist interior. The diamond-shaped cookies called kourambiedes are buried in a snowbank of powdered sugar; don't exhale when you bite in. Baklava comes in appealing miniature versions.

Pastry shops abound in the Greek community of Astoria. The most Old World of all is VICTORY SWEET SHOP. Somewhat resembling a small-town luncheonette, it has a single counter with five stools and a selection of bubble gum, Hershey bars, M & M's and Milky Ways. However, its fascination lies in the row of glass-lidded bins of homemade pastries. The cookies called amigdalota, which look mundane, are delicious, with a crunchy crust with slivered almonds and a chewy, moist interior. The diamond-shaped cookies called kourambiedes are buried in a snowbank of powdered sugar; don't exhale when you bite in. Baklava comes in appealing miniature versions.

New York Times Queens

BAKERY VICTORY SWEET SHOP

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Fourteen. That’s how many days they knew each other before they became man and wife.”…. They make their success sound as straightforward as mixing flour, sugar and eggs, but it was — and still is — a tremendous amount of work, even though their daughter, Anna, has joined the team……/George and Antigoni were born in the Greek Dodecanese, the dozen-island chain in the Aegean Sea. George grew up in Nisyros; Antigoni is from Rhodes.

In 1968, he bought the Victory, which was a small luncheonette on 23rd Avenue at 28th Street. George, does most of the baking; Antigoni makes the mini and rolled pastries. She starts later because she’s the chef for the café, which features a Mediterranean menu. Things went so well that in 1986, they expanded Victory and moved it to Steinway Street……/their two children helped out, and in 2008, Anna gave up her career as a hedge-fund analyst to join them full time.

In 2012, they enlarged the business again, adding the Victory Garden Café……/we’re used to the work, and we like it,” George says. Antigoni adds, “We have a good relationship with our customers. They are like family.”……./Speaking of family, if George and Antigoni ever do retire — he’s 67, she’s 64 — it will still be a victory for Victory because Anna will take it over.

In her hands, they figure that Victory will hit the century mark.

Astoria Characters: The Couple With the Right Recipe

Read more: Queens Ledger - Greek bakery serves Astoria for nearly five decades 

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In a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, one Astoria bakery has remained a community staple.

Victory Sweet Shop at 21-69 Steinway Street has been around for 48 years, run by the Sakalis family, who has roots in Rhodes and Nisyros, two islands in Greece.
The bakery opened in 1968, serving tsoureki, or Greek sweet bread, along with popular sweets like baklava, kataifi and galaktobouriko, a creamy custard that is their biggest seller. The store also features a Greek spinach pie and cheese pie, among other desserts. In 1986, the Sakalis family moved the bakery to Steinway Street. Since then, they’ve established a relationship with the community, especially loyal customers who keep coming back.

Read more: Queens Ledger - Greek bakery serves Astoria for nearly five decades 

Almost four years ago, the family bought the adjacent building and converted it into their own café. The Victory Garden Café features an assortment of Mediterranean foods and drinks. Anna said the relationships they make are key to staying in the community. She said that when she walks down the street, she sees many of her customers.
“I see all these people that we know,” she said. “After so many years, it’s so nice to see familiar faces. I like the fact that we’re the oldest Greek bakery around. I can’t ever picture us moving away from this area.”Anna said despite the changes in the community, she likes Astoria because its core values have stayed the same.
“At least the main idea of Astoria has remained the same, more of a family-oriented, cultural neighborhood,” she said.

Read more: Queens Ledger - Greek bakery serves Astoria for nearly five decades 

Read more: Queens Ledger - Greek bakery serves Astoria for nearly five decades

Greek bakery serves Astoria for nearly five decades

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Giorgos Sakalis doesn’t use a ruler to make the precise cuts that lead to his geometrically divine and delicious baklava. He measures with his hands, and then, with his chef’s knife, slices clean, even pieces……/Sakalis, an immigrant from the island of Nysiros, Greece, and his wife, Antigoni, who is originally from Rhodes, have been running Victory since 1968, when they bought it out from a war veteran. In 2012, they expanded their operation to include a full-service café and restaurant, run by their daughter Anna, but it’s the perfectly crisp baklava with the right amount of premium smoked almonds – with the skin still on, which Sakalis says makes all the difference — that we’ve come back here for. The recipes for all of Victory’s pastries hail from Nysiros, and the shop is a well-known supplier of tsoureki, a sweet bread, to countless Greek festivals, restaurants, and shops, in addition to its baklava.

A Sweet Legacy on the Hunt for the Best Baklava: Victory Sweet Shop voted for Best Baklava

BAKERY VICTORY SWEET SHOP http://www.qgazette.com/news/2016-04-13/Features/Victory_Sweet_Shop_Offers_Greek_Delicacies.html

Victory Sweet Shop was established in 1968 by the Sakalis family, which offered The Greek community a taste of Greece by offering authentic Greek pastries representing various parts of Greece.George Sakalis, Victory’s Head Baker, comes from a family of bakers. Antigoni Sakalis is Victory’s Executive Chef/Baker. Antigoni’s father was Head Chef at many of the top and most elegant hotels in the island of Rhodes, Greece. Their daughter, Anna Sakalis, with degrees in Economics / Finance and Computer Science, has joined the family business as Chief of Sales & Marketing / Event Planner. It’s no wonder, that their talents combined, created one of the most successful Greek bakeries throughout the U.S. Now with an expansion of the business, the Sakalis family offers an even larger selection of Greek specialties. The Café-Restaurant includes unique Greek appetizers and delicacies. The newly renovated space provides an ambiance that will leave you breathless. Victory’s Garden features elegant outdoor furniture, appropriate for day gatherings or warm lighting for late night affairs that quickly transport you to the comforts and beauty of Greece……./ With its stone walls inspired by the Greek Islands, and Mediterranean cuisine/ desserts, the Victory Garden Cafe creates memories that last forever.

Victory Sweet Shop Offers Greek Delicacies

This rating is based around my purchases around holidays like Easter, New Years, and Christmas. Around the above holidays, the pastries such as the macaroons, tsoureki, and baklava are fresh and very tasty! Make sure you go extremely early though (when the place opens) so you can avoid the crowed. Considering the place is small is to begin with, add over 30 Greeks in there and you got yourself waiting outside or squished in some corner. I have not been here on non- holiday days but I bet they are just as good. Discover this place and you think you have found Greek pastry heaven.

BAKLAVA! It was pouring so hard we could barely see the street signs. But my partner had to have baklava! I used my Yelp phone app and found we were one u-turn away from this perfect-sounding place. He went for baklava and came back with a box o'stuff (cheap!) Plenty good baklava and the custard-filled similar thingie, honey cake, cookies. All yummy. And very friendly service. Thanks, Yelp! It was experiences like this that inspired me to give back and share reviews.

The best biscotti, the nicest staff, the coziest spot...its off the beaten path a little so it is very relaxed.  I hope it never changes!!!

Amygdala. Amygdalota.

The Gray's Anatomy textbook describes Amygdala as almond shaped groups of nuclei located deep within the brain, shown by research to perform a primary role in the processing and memory of emotional reactions...and appear to play a role in binge drinking.

Amygdalota are Greek almond cookies that can similarly stimulate either pleasant emotions (from consumption) or negative emotions (from fear of scarcity or sadness from deprivation) - and play a role in binge eating as a result of addictive indulgence and withdrawal.

So, I wasn't born in Greece and have no childhood memories of visitors showing up at my house with a ribbon-tied box from a Greek bakery containing these simple, wholesome, and rewarding cookies. Light, perfect with coffee (or in my case: as breakfast!), or as a snack, these cookies outshine Amaretti, Pignoli, Macaroons, and any other category of cookies in the extended family. Crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, topped with sliced almonds, and infusing the air with a whiff of almond scent, Amygdalota are positively intoxicating - and would be the ode of many a poet. Particularly if they were from Victory Sweet Shop that makes the best version I've tried in the city, with the freshness preserved as they do in Greece - by wrapping them in plastic. I've shared them with coworkers, who've raved about their lightness, having anticipated a heavier, traditional cookie instead.

Victory Sweet Shop may be the premier exponent of this cookie in the city, but they are not limited to one trick. Their Melomakarona (or Finikia) are also the best in the city, besting my prior favorite version at Artopolis bakery. These shortbread cookies have been soaked in syrup until they are almost like the Indian Besan Laddoo in texture, but Victory's version helped me understand that the texture is intended to hold its form right until the moment you bite into it, at which moment it crumbles into sandy pieces until it dissolves in the mouth and becomes one with the soul! Even people who aren't fans of honey syrup sweets (like my Mom) fall in love with Victory's Melomakarona (hints of cinnamon, clove, orange juice)!

Freshness. That is not a word I use with Greek bakeries, for it is extremely difficult to maintain the necessary turnover to keep a fresh product on display. At Victory, the phone is ringing non-stop to place an order, and whatever remains is likely to be scooped up by the foot traffic. So, obviously, not everything will be as fresh as one could wish for, but a tell-tale visual sign is whether the tray is almost full. You can almost be guaranteed of freshness, unlike the same visual stimuli at other bakeries. I've had excellent Baklava, Saragli, Galaktoboureko, Kataifi here, as have I had wonderful Karidopita (walnut cake), Shamali and Ravani. In fact, I've learnt to tell the difference between the latter two - thanks to the exceptionally superior and light versions at Victory Sweet Shop.

So, yes: I've been cheating on you, macarons..... I blame the Amygdal(ot)a for overpowering my senses, and emotions.

when it comes to melamoukarouna, this place is no. 1!  that's the only thing i get there so can not say how their other sweets are but if you are a fan looking for the best of this dessert, pick them up here!

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I am a resident of the eastern Bronx where the typical Italian bakery really takes the cake! no pun intended. however, i have to be truly honest when i say Victory Sweet Shop is superb. The best almond cookies i have ever eaten, hands down, biscotti perfectly tempered, and baklava like no other. To put it simply, if this bakery were in Manhattan, we would have people saying "Magnolia who?", and their prices would be ten-fold - I'm telling you, this little family owned, off the beaten path, shop is WELL worth going slightly out of the way. Major plus if you speak greek to the man behind the counter!

The best! 
The best Greek sweet shop in Astoria NY! 
Always very friendly,and very clean! 
Try the galaktopoureko.
 michael g. 

Greek bakery 
this is the finest greek bakery in astoria , it is small but everything is fresh and tastes so good,,, the galaboukio is the best,, the have mini pastries and large ones.. they sell the greek easter breads and have great greek cookies too,, they are not cheap but the goods are worth it,,it is located near the end of steinway not near the hustle and bustle of steinway street.. but it is worth the walk.

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