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Dec 15, 2007 10:45 AM

Seeking a Great Greek restuarant

I'm looking for a nice upscale Greek restaurant with amazing food in the city. Everyone I talk to says to go to Astoria for Greek food but I'd like to stay in Manhattan. Any suggestions?

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Ethos is one of our favorites though I'd hardly call it upscale. Very tasty mezzes + excellent whole grilled fish. The taverna-style setting has bright lighting and fairly tight seating. When the room is packed, the noise level gets quite high

      We recently had dinner at Pylos for the first time. After reading so many raves on this board, I was a tad disappointed with the food. It certainly wasn't bad. Far from it. Most of what we had was well-prepared and quite tasty. It just wasn't any more extraordinary than the food at Ethos. A case of unmet high expectations. The one area in which it did surpass Ethos was the ambiance -- very attractive rustic decor with a warm and cozy feel.

      1. re: RGR

        I see they offer their grilled fish by the pound. How big are the fishes?

        1. re: DarthEater

          Presuming you are referring to Ethos, the whole fish vary in size. Some are small and will feed one person. We usually get one larger fish -- 2/2-1/2 lbs -- which is more than adequate for my husband and me. If you don't feel like fighting with bones, the servers will gladly filet the fish tableside. And, btw, the roasted lemon potatoes that come with it are delicious!

        2. re: RGR

          RGR, glad to see you finally tried Pylos :) It's definitely good, not great. We have eaten almost everything on the menu. I don't care for their grilled octopus with balsamic and once I had a bad scallop. Otherwise everything we've had has been delicious and it's consistent. Can't wait to return for my favorite wine, Anny's Animus. Ethos sounds like a bit of Astoria in the city and it's on my list to try.

        3. re: LeahBaila

          I FINALLY tried Pylos last night, and thought it was every bit as good as I have heard it to be. We were there for our company dinner, party of about 25, and even with that, the service & cozy ambience was wonderful, food was very well paced ( i think we had/tried the majority of the cold & hot appetizers and later desserts!) and then had a choice of some entrees, probably covering most of them among us. Wine was refilled often, which was great, of course!
          Everyone really enjoyed it, and I plan to go back, now that I finally made it in there...I don't tend to go out for Greek much, but everything I tried at Pylos was delicious.

        4. Try Milos Estiatorio... IMO overpriced, but still very good.

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          1. re: snaporaz

            Defintely the best in NYC- great food

          2. Anthos is another very upscale Greek restaurant. Pretty expensive and I had mixed feeling about it, but some people are wowed by it. Not as traditional as the places in Astoria.

              1. Amos near GrandCentral on Vanderbilt.
                Kellari Taverna 44th between 5th & 6th
                Peraius on 21st St.

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                1. re: anil

                  While Kellari Taverna is gorgeous, I found the food to be extremely underwhelming.

                  1. re: anil


                    I think you mean Parea, on 20th St. If so, it closed earlier this year but was recently re-opened by the Kellari Taverna owners and is now called Kellari's Parea.