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Jan 2, 2009 02:40 PM

Mediterranean date spot

Looking for a good mediterranean date spot. I am considering Ilili, but I much prefer the smaller, more intimate restaurants (i.e., Graffiti, Tre). I also want to keep the restaurant downtown: W or E Village or LES.
Much obliged

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  1. Gus' Place on Bleecker. Tell Gus that Amy the food writer sent you!

    1. How about Pylos, in the E.V.? The Greek food there is very good. While I wouldn't describe it as intimate, it is much smaller than ilili. But that doesn't take much since ilili is huge. We thought the food at ilili was very tasty.

      Our current favorite is Kellari's Parea, on 20th St., b/t Park Av. S. & B'way. Excellent Greek food, efficient service, and very attractive decor. While it is a fairly large place (though, again, smaller than ilili), if you request one of the cozy booths in the front area, that will provide a more intimate feel.

      1. Pylos or Snack Taverna

        1. I'd suggest Cacio e Vino, a Sicilian restaurant on 2nd Av. between 4th and 5th. One caveat: Sometimes, the music can be a bit loud, but I've never had a problem carrying on a conversation there.

          1. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I recently read about an excellent Mediterranean seafood restaurant in the E Village, I think. Any ideas? Thanks again everyone.

            7 Replies
            1. re: supermac

              Which restaurant did you read about? Any specifics you can give (even half-remembered) could help.

              1. re: Pan

                I remember the review saying the fish are out on display (BLT Fish style) and that the salted fish is the way to go.

                1. re: supermac

                  Not sure what the Mediterranean seafood restaurant you're referring to is, but I am thirding the suggestion for Pylos. Awesome food, dark and cozy atmosphere, not overly expensive, but the food and decor is really sophisticated.

                  1. re: ExFlexitarian

                    Pylos it is. Thank you everyone! Now that the food is taken care of, the rest is up to me.

                    1. re: ExFlexitarian

                      I don't mean to be the proverbial skunk at the garden party, especially since I did suggest Pylos, but I think describing the food as "awesome" is, in my opinion, hyperbole. Based on our one experience there, as I said in my post upthread, very good is more like it.

                      As for the atmospherics, we were seated in the back where it was not dark. And if by cozy you mean tightly-spaced tables, well, they were that.

                      Just trying to tell it like it was from my perspective. :-)

                    2. re: supermac

                      I wonder if you're talking about that place Sea Salt. It opened and closed within a span of about 6 months. I never went there.

                      1. re: egit

                        I think that's it . Good thing I held off. Thank you