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Sep 14, 2010 08:24 PM

Athena Smith Street

I was pretty excited to have Greek in the neighborhood, rather than ANOTHER Locavore American or so-so Italian or terrible Thai, and even more so when I read good reviews of this place's affiliates in Bay Ridge and the Slope.

However... the decor is bizarre but in an over the top way I can deal with (I guess) -- greek busts and friezes looming from the walls, competing with 2 huge flat screen tv's showing CNBC, purply lighting, a velvet rope outside, pounding pop music and a swirling light projection on the sidewalk of the restaurant's name and you guessed it... the Acropolis.

Stopped in after work tonight for a quick bite.

They didn't have the octopus (waitress seemed suprised I ordered it), so I switched to a tried and true standby -- horiatiki aka Greek tomato salad. The tomatos were waxen mealy mush -- which is pretty unforgivable this time of year, ditto the cucumbers, the cubes of feta were rubbery and lacked flavor, and the whole thing was covered in a slimy sweet balsamic dressing, which is not what you look for in a Greek salad.

Somewhat discouraged, I moved on to the spanakopita -- this was a big flavorless mushy square and pretty much seemed like the diner standard, which I have always assumed is bought frozen from some central food supply warehouse.

Service was friendly, and I'd like them to suceed -- so I'll probably try it again when they've been open more than a week, but based on tonight there's a LONG way to go.

Curious to know if others have tried it, and if they have found better menu items to order -- my choices were very boring -- but I thought I'd try the basics before branching out to fish specialties...Now, not so sure I'd dare.

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  1. Elaine

    What are the affiliates in Bay Ridge and the Slope.

    4 Replies
    1. re: irvingk

      Athena on Sixth Ave., Athena Express on 77th.

      535 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

      Athena Express
      484 77th St, Brooklyn, NY 11209

      213 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. re: irvingk

        Are you sure they are affiliated? Your experience sounds nothing like what we've had at Athena on 6th Ave in Park Slope!

          1. re: parkslopemama

            They list both other restaurants (Park Slope and Bay Ridge) on their take out menu. Could be a case of stolen identity, but I agree it was sadly not what I was hoping.