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I am visiting NYC in a few weeks and am very interested in trying a modern greek restaurant. Through friends and posts I have gathered several recommendations, but really don't know how to differentiate one restaurant from the next. Can anyone give me some leads/recs on the following?

Parea- so far, this would be the spot I'd choose
Pylos- good bars in the neighborhood?
Milos- ?
Molyvos- ?
Periyali- ?
Ethos- ?

Anything better in Astoria?

It's greek to me!

Thanks for the help

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  1. I wouldn't describe Ethos as modern--the food has a simple, home-cooked taste to it. While very good, I wouldn't make it my stop in NY. Same goes for Pylos, which happens to be more modern. The food at Pylos is good but not great. I haven't been to the others, but Parea would be at the top of my list. There was also a favorable write-up of Thalassa this morning you might want to check out.

    1. Haven't been to Parea or Pylos, but the others you list -- Milos, Molyvos, Periyali, and Ethos are all fairly traditional Greek restaurants. The whole fish at Milos is pristine, but pricey, and the place has a chilly feel. Periyali feels a bit tired to me, but it's usually lively and crowded. I'm a big fan of Ethos, but like Lucia, would characterize it as rustic.

      Another restaurant I'd encourage you to consider is Onera, which is definitely modern Greek -- maybe even postmodern. I was there recently, and had an array of four raw Hawaiian fish meze and the "open" mousaka with braised goat. My wife had grilled branzino with artichoke confit and dandelion greens and an avgolemono sauce. Interesting desserts too, including one with dots of halvah connecting a chocolate cake with toasted sesame ice cream.