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Symposium- UWS Greek

I have almost gone here a bunch of times. Each time I am at the door and chicken out. Is this place worth it?

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  1. I used to like it in my Columbia days, but it's been several years since then.

    1. on my one trip, i found the menu is cartoonish and quirky, the appetizers ok but unmemorable and the mains totally bland. i really wanted to like the place, so i'd love to hear better reports.

      1. YES, YES, YES! i mentioned this on a previous post last week.
        consider it a step up from a good, greek diner. it isn't fancy but the food is excellent. i've had many home-cooked, greek meals over many years at my best friend's mom's home. i consider this place equivalent to a very good, homecooked greek meal AND THEY ARE REALLY NICE!! large portions, prepared well (very auhentic) but nothing fancy. i've also traveled throughout greece and still consider this good, greek food. try it.

        1. I ate here for a friend's birthday back in April and it became one of my favorite greek spots in the city. I'd be a regular if not for the fact that the commute is a bit much when you live in Brooklyn. I really enjoyed the food we ate (just about every appetizer, and I tasted many of the different entrees). My memory was a bit fuzzy, due to the really excellent sangria we had as well (including the on-the-house 4th pitcher that our lovely waiter treated us to). But this place is definitely worth checking out.

          1. I'm with Lucia, I enjoyed it as a student and remember it fondly, but several years have passed. It was a great place to go for pitchers of sangria and several rounds of Greek appetizers...with like 10-15 people. It does look really dingy, but I liked the fact that it used to scare off the faint of heart and they'd stay at the West End.

            1. Thanks, I will try it guys.. Should I go grilled fish or meat or both are good.

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              1. re: Daniel76

                i would recommend anything there. we've had the calamari , souvlaki, chicken al greco... it's all good. they also give you ample veggies on the side. oh, and ask the server to recommend a tasting dish. he will spend lots of time with you as you place your order. oh, and yes, a huge pitcher of ice water is served along with a basket of warm pita. oh, the tzatziki is great and don't forget the saganaki. YUM. it's very clean inside and definitely not dingy. don't be frightened away. they treat customers like family members - so typical of the greek culture. i go very often. if you go, tell me what you think.

              2. Having been there twice in recent weeks I'd have to go along with the previous poster who described the preparations as unmemorable and bland. Please don't expect much. Many better Greek options exist (if not in the immediate neighborhood).

                1. Ok.. I am back to where I started.. Screw it..haha

                  1. Just GO! Haha. Give it a shot. At the very least if you bring a small crowd and order some sangria you'll enjoy the festive atmosphere...makes the food taste better. I loved the skordalia and taramosalata, as well as the tzatziki. The moussaka was good, if I remember correctly.

                    Interestingly enough, I used to enjoy regular Wednesday nights there with my friends, and I loved it so much I took my mom there one night. She didn't like it. I'm sticking to my group theory.

                    Uncle Nick's is also really good...but expensive for such simple fare in my opinion.

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                    1. re: ballulah

                      i agree there are far better greek restaurants. as i said, it's one step up from a diner but it's very good home-style cooking. want really great greek food? good to pylos on the lower eastside. less homestyle type food but absolutely the best i've tasted here.

                      1. re: nativeNYer

                        Have you been to Likitsakos? It's not a restaurant, it's a Greek grocery store on Lexington and 80th. As I live and breathe, their homemade yogurt is the stuff of dreams. Years ago they used to make a fresh fig yogurt, and I just got a chill up the spine remembering how good it was. Now they only use dried figs, and it doesn't have the same magic...but the pomegranate comes close, as does the passion fruit. Totally decadant stuff. Off topic, but thinking about Greek food always makes me think of Likitsakos. They also had a sweet potato pasticcio that I haven't seen in a long time. Non sequitur followed by non sequitur.

                        1. re: ballulah

                          Don't know if there is more than one, but there is one on Lex and 87th/88th.

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            Yes, there's that one too...and another one on 86th between 1st & 2nd Ave (the latter is open all night).

                          2. re: ballulah

                            I had the pleasure of stopping there on my way to the hospital. One time.. I was checking in and of course had to stop and get something. I lived on there food for a few days. Haha.. Have not been back but its a good place

                            1. re: ballulah

                              I can't believe it but I've never heard of Likitsakos. I will be stopping by that place within the next week. Gotta check it out. THANKS!!

                        2. We go to Greek in Astoria to places like Stamatis and others talked about on Chowhound.. However, I live close by so it would be nice to have a local place..

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                          1. re: Daniel76

                            If you live near Symposium, and this is getting off topic again, do you go to Taqueria y Fonda? I'm thinking to myself I need to make a field trip this evening for some tacos pastor.

                            1. re: ballulah

                              Taqueria y Fonda is fantastic. I'm a fan. And up one block from there is Bombay Frankie, an Indian roll place, which I found surprisingly satisfying: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                              1. re: rose water

                                Haven't tried that yet, I remember when it was a crappy Cal-Mex place. If I'm thinking of the same spot...or am I thinking of the spot that is now Roti Roll?

                                1. re: ballulah

                                  hmm...might you be referring to taqueria y fonda? it's pretty scruffy and bare bones. food is not earth shattering, but is tasty and satisfying. i love the globby white cheese.

                                  1. re: rose water

                                    No no no...Taqueria I know and love. I've been eating there so regularly since they opened that I consider Jorge, the owner a good friend. About 4 or 5 years ago the spot that is now Roti Roll used to be a really shockingly average Cal Mex place, unfortunately owned by a friend of mine who also owned two other outstandingly mediocre places within two blocks of there.

                                    Hahahaha...I beg to differ, the tacos at Taqueria are pretty earth shattering in my opinion, as are the three homemade salsas they bring to the table as you are seated!

                          2. no reason to chicken out - its clean and decent. Its been there for 40 years probably - thus the 60's type menu art. I had really good grilled fish on a visit a year ago - good salad, good side veg, keep it simple. IMO the shrimp I had on a second visit and my husband's casserole dish (Im blocking on whether it was the pastitisio or the eggplant/meat one) was not as good but he was satisfied (I think these days they dont serve out vats of these dishes - they probably heat up individual portions, which means that it might be dry). The saganaki was as good as ever, meze dips no better than ok but no worse. Guests liked their chicken. Backyard garden is pleasant, service fine. Its not steller but its decent neighborhood greek and fine if in the nabe (our guests have gone back several times since)

                            1. It's not a destination place, but a good solid neighborhood restaurant. It's particularly appropriate for groups because the menu's varied and they do pitchers of "Greek sangria".