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Looking for Greek restaurants in the vicinity of 56th and Lex.

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silvercat Jan 13, 2007 05:44 PM

Staying at the Fitzpatrick Manhattan and looking for good greek food (or any must-go-to places)within walking distance. Any help will be much appreciated.

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    Gelaine Jan 13, 2007 09:01 PM

    I don't know much about Greek Rests.... but since you;ll be near 57th St. you could hop the cross town bus to 7th Ave and try Molyvos on 7th between 56 and 55. It gets good reviews. ((If you're young and energetic it'd be an interesting walk.) Do you have a Zagat for Manhattan? It lists rests. by cuisine and location.

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      sugarcookie Jan 14, 2007 06:45 PM

      I have been to Molyvos a couple of times and have really enjoyed it. Plus you can usually show up even around dinnertime and sit up front in the cafe area or get served at the bar. Great winelist, and you can enjoy a whole tapas-style dinner of hot and cold small plates. Yum yum!

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      Todd Jan 13, 2007 09:01 PM

      Avra - on 48th btwn Lex and 3rd - is definately worth the walk...great greek with a ton of fresh seafood

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        centrejack Jan 13, 2007 09:22 PM

        Meltemi is a classic greek seafood restaurant at 51st and 1st avenue.

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          Disney1716 Jan 14, 2007 12:21 AM

          Kellari Taverna is on 44th between 5th and 6th avenues. not as close as you'd like, but a great place!

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            silvercat Jan 14, 2007 04:53 AM

            Thanks for all the suggestions! I will certainly try to hit as many as I can, and I am not at all adverse to taking a taxi for good food. My main concern is that the restaurant uses only 100% olive oil as opposed to the greek restaurants where I live which either only use blends (canola, soy, veggie ...etc.) or everything is pre-marinated in a blend. As my wife has soy allergies it is important to find a place that is willing to cook from scratch and uses pure olive oil. Thanks again for the recs.

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              candyismmm Jan 14, 2007 05:20 AM

              This isn't really the answer to your question exactly, but there's an old Greek bakery around 44th and 9th ave. that serves warm Spanokopita and all the sweets. There's also a Greek yogurt specialty shop a couple doors over from Sullivan Street Bakery, and the owner has a good assortment of Greek treats.

              It's been a while since I've paid either a visit. Hope they're still around.

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                mao Jan 14, 2007 03:15 PM

                Retsina at 60th and 3rd - brand new, ate there last night.
                It was great - best lamb I ever had. Very traditional home style cooking. Nice candlelit room, romantic. Owners are Greek and onsite. Very generous hospitality. Dinner for two, wine apps, entrees, dessert $83!!
                I hope they do well.

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