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Elaine Snutteplutten Sep 14, 2010 08:24 PM

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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    irvingk RE: Elaine Snutteplutten Sep 15, 2010 06:01 AM


    What are the affiliates in Bay Ridge and the Slope.

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    1. re: irvingk
      squid kun RE: irvingk Sep 15, 2010 08:54 AM

      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
        parkslopemama RE: irvingk Sep 20, 2010 03:59 PM

        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
          squid kun RE: parkslopemama Sep 20, 2010 04:19 PM

          A neighborhood blogger says they're connected ... http://jazzandjill.wordpress.com/2010...

          1. re: parkslopemama
            Elaine Snutteplutten RE: parkslopemama Sep 21, 2010 03:30 PM

            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.

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