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Apr 17, 2009 04:06 AM

Niko's Trapezi A Greek Taverna Long Branch NJ

This is located in the strip mall that has Amy's Omelette House. Was at Caputo's Bakery and one of the gentlemen here told me that this place just opened and how great the food was.

The sign outside reads Greek Grill but the menu has the name
Niko's Trapezi
444 Ocean Blvd
Long Branch NJ

The menu looks wonderful and creative!
Would have stopped but had already had lunch. Let us know.

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  1. Thanks for the information. Sounds great!

    1. Food is AWESOME!!! So much to choose glad this opened...much, much better than It's Greek to Me.

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      1. re: kuklist

        Looks like this is your first post to Chowhound!

        Tell us what did you have at Niko's?
        We would like to hear the specifics about your meal.


        1. re: shabbystorm

          Hi Shabbystorm! Because of your post, I tried this place this past weekend. (Saturday to be exact.) Thanks so much for telling me about this place. It was really good. When we were seated were were given nice toasted bread with olive oil and mixed olives with roasted peppers I believe. We both did not care for the olives. Personally, I don't like when they are mixed like that, but that is just a preference of mine.

          To start we had an order of tzatziki and fried calamari. Both were very good. The calamari was good because the oil was fresh that it was made in. The tomato sauce with it was o.k., but I never really care for the sauces that come with fried calamari anyhow.

          For main, I had the shrimp sauteed in a tomato sauce with feta. The shrimp were very good, and I really enjoyed my dish. It was $ 18.00 and I thought worth it. You get a choice of lomon potatoes, rice, FF, or dandelions. We both had the dandelions, they were mixed with a lot of spinach, but I liked it.

          My husband had the whold fish special of Barbounie (spelling?) It was really great! I wish I ordered his dish! The fish had a great smoky, wood taste and it was really tasty! For $22.00 it was a steel in our eyes. Especially when most places charge $40 or $ 50.00 for that same fish. He also had the dandelions.

          No room for dessert, but they give you complimentary cookies. Really good. One of the owners went around to every table to introduce himself. (Jay) He said his partner was the chef, Nick. He was very personable and spoke to use for a while. The kitchen is open and Nick was back there very busy. Many people were picking up take out orders and the place was getting pretty busy. The only thing I really thought was annoying was that some of the wait staff (the younger ones) was overly coming up to the table trying to clear plates. I hate that. I put down my fork, one the the girls wasnted to take my plate. My husband finished his bread..BOOM! They wanted to take the plate. We told our waitress we are trying to enjoy our dinner and told her to slow it down, but they was no use.

          I know they just opened, but hopefully those young kids learn not to try to clear the whole table while others are dinning. Our total for dinner was $ 53.00 before tax and tip. A real bargain and great food!

          We will definately be going back! Thanks again shabby!!

          Also, it is a BYO and there is a liquor store in the same strip mall. Tables inside and a few outside.

          1. re: Angelina

            Thanks for the report, Angelina.

            Did they have a wide selection of whole fish. (Btw, you're spelling was very close. It's barbounia.)

            What's the interior decor like? And do you know what the days and hours of operation are?

            Of course, if they had a website....

            1. re: RGR

              Dream on RGR about the website! lol!! No website, yet Jay said.

              The interior is nice, the walls have nice molding, some areas of the wall are faux painting, not overkill with blue and white everywhere either. The tables and chairs are comfortable as well.

              I don't know the hours and the menu I have right in front of me does not say.

              They have a fish of the day and that is what my husband had. Here are some of the other fishes on the mnu and pricing:

              Grilled salmon steak $ 16

              Grilled swordfish $ 18

              Shrimp on the grill $ 16

              Batter fried codfish with skordalia $ 16

              Codfish baked in a medley of onions, tomatoes, celery and garlic $ 16

              Baby Flounder with crabmeat stuffing $ 18

              Baby Flounder with spinach and feta stuffing $ 18

              Grilled porgy or pan fried porgy (Market Price)


              Want to know anything else? I wish I could copy and paste the menu, but for now I will just answer any questons.

              Hope this helps!!

              1. re: Angelina

                Thanks, Angelina, for the additional info. If we decide to go, we'll just call and ask their hours. But I do hope Jay will "get with the program" and get a website up and running asap. It doesn't have to have a lot of bells and whistles. As Sgt. Friday on "Dragnet" used to say, "Just the facts." Yeah, I know, I'm dating myself for a change! LOL

                1. re: Angelina

                  Hi Angelina, you have given me some great advice recently. Would you remember if there were a few vegetarian options on their menu? My husband eats dairy but I do not so if you recall any items that could accomodate us both, we'd surely pay them a visit based on your review and the other comments here. Many thanks!

                  1. re: rutgers2

                    Hi rutgers!!! Hmmmm...let me see what I can find on the menu...(I should probably have dual ownership in the place...ha ha!!!)

                    Do vegetarian's eat fish? I am sorry, but mostly all of the menu is fish, lamb, or beef. Some pasta, too. Maybe you could eat the bread and they could throw you and your husband a carrot??? hee hee..just kidding!!!

                    What about chicken? I can post those dishes if you like??

                    Let me know! :)

                    1. re: Angelina

                      Have the menu in front of me on my Road Trip Board - to Angela's point above they do have some veggie choices. Only one main course but there are some options for the dairy veggie person ..hope this helps.

                      1. Horiatiki - Traditional village salad with tomatoes, cucs, onions, olives, green peppers, feta and olive oil
                      2. Prasini - Green salad with romaine, scallions, dill, feta, and a house vinaigrette
                      3. Roka - Arugula, tomatoes, cucs, onion, feta, and wheat rusks
                      and a few other basic salads.

                      Gigandes - Giant Lima Beans baked in a light tomato sauce
                      Greek Chips - Fried zucchini or eggplant with dip
                      Tiropitakia - Phyllo pastry filled with feta
                      Haloumi - Grilled

                      Spanakopita - Spinach, feta, leeks wrapped in phyllo

                      Patazaria - Fresh beets, red onions and a house vinaigrette
                      Fasolakia - Green beans and tomatoes
                      Arakas - Sweet peas and tomatoes
                      Horta - Steamed Veggies with lemon and Olive Oil

                      And Desserts
                      Greek Yogurt with honey and Walnuts

                2. re: RGR

                  Nikos is open 11;30am - 9 pm-- Great place...warm ,friendly,clean atmosphere and delicious food -- we will be back!!!!!!!!!!!!

                3. re: Angelina

                  Glad it was good!
                  I take no credit, chowhound is a give and take kinda of thing, happiness in and happiness out!
                  Thank YOU for braving the unknown!

                  1. re: shabbystorm

                    Thanks shabby!!! I figured it was my turn to take one for the team!! lol!!!

              2. re: kuklist

                I don't really think it's better than It's Greek to Me, the salads aren't as large or as fresh as they are at It's Greek to Me. I thought the portions were smaller and that the food was less flavorful at Niko's.

                  1. re: fershore

                    I know exactly what you mean.

                    FWIW we've been to Nikos 3 times in the last 4 months and have really enjoyed it.

                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                      I met a friend there for dinner last night and everything was first rate; we really couldn't complain about portion size, since we both took food away. And fwiw the salads were perfectly fresh and lightly dressed.

                      I tried the gavras last night at the encouragement of the owner, fried anchovies. They are not the salty, oily canned ants but fresh, whole fish and nicely fried. They were plenty assertive and while I think I prefer the subtlety of the smelts, this was a nice change.

                      Place was hopping on a Tuesday night. I like it a lot.

                    2. re: fershore

                      LOL! One-hit wonder, indeed!

                      One of the worst eating out experiences we've ever had was at the Holmdel location of It's Greek to Me. The appetizers were so disgusting that we canceled the rest of the order and left.

                      1. re: RGR

                        I actually don't mind It's Greek To is what it is. :)

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          Been to the Greek To Me in Long Branch twice. Mediocre food. Sullen service.

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    Nothing about hours of operation on this menu...

                    1. re: shabbystorm

                      Niko's is open from 11:30 to 9:00 pm--this is a keeper... in every aspect..great food, great service,nice decor! going there for a bday celebration this weekend and cannot wait.....

                    2. re: equal_Mark

                      YES----they serve lunch...they are opend 11:30-9pm--what a great place!

                      1. re: queenlinda

                        queenlinda, Do you know whether Nikos is open for lunch? :-)

                        1. re: equal_Mark

                          sorry i posted twice about lunch equal_Mark!....try the grilled octopus and the spanekopita....incredible!..going back tonight

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        Thanks for providing the menu and the photos, equal_Mark. I presume you only went in to have a look and did not eat there?

                        1. re: RGR

                          Went for lunch on Saturday. Just had the Dolmades and a Gyro. Both were very good. So far I like the food, atmosphere and service are better than It's Greek to Me down the road, though on a nice day the outdoor seating at IGTM may be more tempting. Niko's seems to have more heart as an individually owned establishment as opposed to a chain type place. Am looking forward to trying the calamari to clinch the deal...

                          1. re: equal_Mark

                            The only IGTM we've been to is the one in Holmdel. Our appetizer was so horrible, we canceled our main course and left.

                      2. we went the first friday after it opened...i think it had been open for three or four days..i initially stopped by out of curiousity after reading the original post..they were shocked when i told them about chowhound and i wrote down the website for them...everyone was very friendly, enthusiastic and patient answering all of my questions...i came back a few hours later..the interior is comfortable, no pretense, wasn't noisy..i had the moussaka (sp) and my friend had the lamb chops...both were fantastic but if you are a fan of moussaka then order was very well seasoned not heavy-handed...really good...we were both so stuffed but they brought us a huge slice of galaktobouiko...who cares if you can't pronounce it-order it! hard to articulate the flavor but it seemed almost like flan wrapped in phyllo drizzled with honey...believe me, i'm not doing it justice...whatever, we are still talking about it...i am thrilled this place opened, especially since it's within walking distanceand prices are more than reasonable..

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