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Jun 22, 2007 05:11 PM

Best place for ouzo and Greek mezedes

Where's the best spot for small Greek plates and ouzo? Bar dining is okay.

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  1. I don't know about the ouzo because I don't drink, but my favorite place for traditional Greek mezedes is Ethos.

    For a more modern/creative take on Greek mezedes, there's Parea.

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    1. re: RGR

      RGR, I dined at Ethos last night. That place was buzzing; quite a lot of traffic for a neighborhood spot! Is it just me, or has Murray Hill become much more of a dining destination that it was 5-10 years ago?

      Anyway, the food was absolutely delicious and the vibe overwhelmingly pleasant. We ordered an assortment of appetizers and grilled mollusks/crustaceans. Yum. The ouzo was good, and the staff was helpful.

      Two minor complaints: First, I don't consider Ethos's generously sized hot and cold appetizers true mezedes. My understanding is that mezedes should be very small, like tapas, almost. The result is that you can't order as many different types before you get full. Not a big deal, though. Secondly, their wine list is atrocious and sloppily maintained, which would not be a concern of yours because you do not drink.

      On the whole, however, I'm happy you turned me on to the place. Thanks!

      1. re: Yaqo Homo

        Hey, Yago,

        Thanks for reporting back!

        Sorry about the wine list. My husband usually just orders a glass of Greek red. He says it's not the greatest, but "drinkable."

        As regards the mezedes, unlike Spanish tapas, mezedes in Greek, Turkish and Lebanese restaurants are not small in size. They are meant for sharing "by the table." When it's just my husband and me, we usually limit ourselves to two or three of our favorites. But we have also been known to make an entire meal of mezedes.

        I'm glad that, overall, you liked Ethos. And, yes, Murray Hill isn't the culinary wasteland that some people may think it is.

    2. We like Pylos in the East Village alot. It is lively (can get noisy) and tables are a bit close. Good for dinner or small plates. Not sure if they have ouzo. Their menu should be on

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        1. re: jsmitty

          I second snack taverna. Just had dinner there last night; several mezedes and small plates to choose from. They only have Greek wines and beers - not sure about ouzo.