Best place for ouzo and Greek mezedes
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!
re: Yaqo Homo
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.