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Apr 10, 2006 12:06 PM

Best greek in nyc?

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Greek food is my absolute favorite, yet i've had a hard time finding it in the city. Have been to Snack and Snack taverna and they're both good. But wondering where is that hidden jewel...


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  1. Onera
    What's the one with a P in the 20s that is amazing? I went there a few years ago with a sophisticated greek guy i was dating and it was amazing. Not Pylos, is it?

    Uncle Nick's

    try outerborough board.

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    1. re: chowgal

      Periyali? It's fantastic, great seafood and a romantic setting.

      1. re: hct

        Yes, that is it. Thank you! Loved it.

        1. re: chowgal

          When it comes to Periyali, I'm a dissenter. I found the food there quite ordinary. Considering the high prices they charge, it's hardly worth it when one can go to my favorite, Ethos, get excellent food and pay substantially less.

          1. re: RGR

            i feel similarly...i only went to Periyali once, and while it was fine, it didn't impress me all that much, esp. considering the prices...while i have nothing against it, i never returned...

            1. re: Simon
              Peter Cherches

              I agree with the Periyali dissenters, though from only one visit. I recently went for the first time to another "top" Greek restaurant, Molyvos, and was very happy with the food, and the service was spectacular. I had asked the waiter for a suggestion between lamb chops and roast lamb and he told me that the roast lamb was a house specialty. I asked him if I could get it medium-rare and he said that it was cooked through, but that he still recommended I go for it. It was indeed very good, but the icing on the cake was that on one side of the plate was a single lamb chop, medium-rare; I'm sure they did that as a special gesture.

              All the mezedes we had (7 or 8 for 4 of us) were excellent too.

              I believe Ruth Reichl was always particularly fond of Molyvos.

              For traditional Greek in the city I like Uncle Nick very much.


              1. re: Peter Cherches

                i haven't been yet but am most interested in trying kellari taverna on w 44th......periyali had its heyday and it was wonderful in those years. i still love the cookbook. molyvos is very good but pricey and all that, estatorios milos is so expensive and was very good when i was last there several years ago but i've no desire to return. i thought kyma was awful, haven't been to ethos and never was a fan of uncle nicks. kellari (hope i'm spelling it right) sounds quite promising from its pedigree and to all i've heard.

            2. re: RGR

              i don't know Ethos (although I now will), but I agree with you 100% re. Periyali.

              1. re: newsjoke

                Greek is one of my favorites... I've been to Ethos - its good, but I think the quality isn't as high as some of the others (I found the food to be a little oily & the fish not as fresh).

                My absolute favorite outside of Astoria is Periyali... the octopus is the best I've ever had - anywhere (and I get it everywhere its offered). Its that good... nothing can compare. For an entree, the simply grilled seafood is the way to go...

      2. Just went to Kyma this past week for lunch. Had a bunch of their appetizers (tzatziki, dolmades, spankopita) and the Greek salad - all was very good and fresh. However, my absolute favorite Greek restaurant is It's Greek to Me. There's a bunch of them in NJ, including one in Hoboken, just a short PATH train ride away. It's very cheap and BYOB, which is nice. I recommend trying a bunch of their appetizers, especially the Greek meatballs and tyropita.

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        1. re: LttlMichey

          Though posts on this board are supposed to be about Manhattan restaurants, I must respond to your comments about It's Greek to Me. We tried the one in Holmdel, and I can only think of one word to describe the food: horrible!!

          1. re: RGR

            There used to be a branch of It's Greek to Me in Manhattan, very close to the current location of Pylos. Pylos is in an entirely different and better category, in terms of quality, interest of their menu, decor, and just giving much more of a hoot. It costs more, but the value is so much better it's not even funny!

            By the way, I'm not making an argument for Pylos as the "best Greek" restaurant in New York, though I do like the place.

            1. re: Pan

              Pan, Are you absolutely sure that it was an It's Greek to Me near Pylos? As far as I know, it's a totally NJ-centric chain, and I've never heard about a branch in Manhattan. They even state right on the homepage of their website that their restaurants are in "Northern NJ," though most New Jerseyans would agree that a couple of their locations, specifically Holmdel and Long Branch, are in Central/South Central NJ.


              1. re: RGR

                Yes, I'm absolutely sure it was an It's Greek to Me. I ate there quite a number of times. It was just OK.

          2. re: LttlMichey

            I love It's Greek to Me!! If there was an Its Greek to Me in Manhattan it was either unrelated or more than five years ago. Because I've been looking for one in Manhattan for that long! I actually came to this page looking for a restaurant of similar nature because of my specific craving for It's Greek to Me, but w/ out having to go to NJ. I've never eaten anything bad at It's Greek to Me. so good. I hope I find a match in Manhattan!

            1. re: delg23

              It's long gone. An Italian wine bar is there now; I forget its name at the moment. A couple of doors down, though, is Pylos, which is much better than It's Greek to Me ever was, even though I prefer the cheaper Kefi, on the Upper West Side. Most hounds prefer Pylos to Kefi and think I'm crazy or something, however. :-)

          3. gotta echo rgr's feelings: i love ethos. service may be a little gruff, but the food is top-notch and not too expensive. i love the grape leaves, the grilled squid, the hummus, and the fried zucchini appetizers. their greek salad is fantastic. and they have an amazing selection of fresh fish that they will bring to your table and you pick how they prepare it. they also have great moussaka and other dishes in clay pots.

            1. I feel you really need to go to Astoria for AMAZING Greek food. My ultimate favorite is STAMATIS. So reasonable, too. A few blocks away is a Greek specialty store where you can buy feta, olives, bread, pasteries, etc.

              In the city I also like PHYLOS, it's in Alphabet City. Milos is truely memorable, but very $$$$$$. I also like AVRA.

              Good luck! I love Greek food, too!

              (I would'nt call It's Greek to Me "horrible"..its just a generic version of Greek food. That's all :)

              1. When I'm paying I like Pylos on east 7th, when a company is paying, I like Periyali on West 20th Street.

                I may not be a good judge of Greek since I'm a vegetarian, but I can tell you that the skordalia at Periyali is the best I've had here or in Greece. I particularly like the Tzatziki and the Saganaki at Pylos.

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                1. re: David Lerner

                  I went to the most wonderful Greek place in Astoria, right on Astoria Park. Sorry, I don't remember the name, but if you're up for the trip, it's not hard to find. It's a family run place and is warm and delicious and unpretentious. The real deal. If you go to the park, there's a street that runs along it. The restaurant is on what I believe is the north corner...The river is on your left and you're walking forward to the edge of the park...