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New GREEK Restaurant coming to Applegarth Road, Monroe

Finally, the former EUROPA restaurant is being renovated and the new restaurant name:

TAVERNA OUZO (sounds Greek to me)

I can't wait until it opens. The location is off the main drag for most people, but not for the thousands of residents in the adult communities here. Hopefully they will be as good as the Greek restaurant in Hazlet (forgot the name). I am wishing them much luck here as I could walk there and love Greek/Mediterranean foods.

Taverna Ouzo
146 Applegarth Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

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  1. NJFoodie, thanks for the info. I ride past there every night from work on the way home.

    1. Thanks for the tip NJ Foodie!! Let's hope the place is good!! Do you know if the owners have any other restaurants? Sounds very promising :) Thanks for the info!

      1. Do you have an idea when it's suppose to open?


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        1. http://tavernaouzo.com/

          They have the beginnings of a website and this is interesting. Can anyone decipher the "code?"

          "We are the people that you love
          We are the people that you know
          Your Hostess: Tassos and Jimmy"

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          1. re: NJFoodie

            I was told that this restaurant is owned by the same people who own Pithari Taverna in Highland Park. This makes sense because one of the owners of Pithari is Tassos Stephanopoulos. I guess they don't know the difference between host and hostess.

            Pithari Taverna
            28 Woodbridge Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904

            1. re: BigGeorge

              Thanks, Big George! I am a fan of the Highland Park location, so this is really great for me! :)

              1. re: Angelina

                Just catching up on this thread...

                Angelina, Pithari is one of the very few restaurants we disagree about. I know you love it, but I was not impressed with the one dinner we had there, especially considering the excellent Greek restaurant (Kellari's Parea) a few blocks walk from our NYC apartment. That said, I think the Monroe location is closer to our house than Highland Park, so I may consider giving Taverna Ouzo a try.


              2. re: BigGeorge

                "I guess they don't know the difference between host and hostess."

                Or a misspelling of the plural of "host", which was then spellcheck-corrected to "hostess".

            2. Drove by Taverna Ouzo on the way home from work yesterday and in front there was a banner that read "NOW OPEN".
              If the food is good this will be a big boost to the area.

              Taverna Ouzo
              146 Applegarth Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

              1. Bummer! When Tassos announced that he would be opening a new Greek restaurant near Princeton it was reported that the location would be just north of Princeton. Seems that north turned into east so this new place is even farther away from me than the Highland Park restaurant.

                Sigh.....I guess I will still have to journey to Highland Park for my Greek food fix.


                1. Has anybody been here to eat?

                  1. Bumping this thread... has anyone eaten here yet?

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                    1. re: truman

                      I've driven by and the last few weekends, the lot has been packed. They seem to be very busy on weekend nights, but whether customers will return is the question. I haven't had the time to enjoy a leisurely meal there yet, but hope to do that very soon. They still haven't had a Grand Opening, so I may wait until then. I wasn't all that fond of Pithari in Highland Park, but am giving this location a try with an open mind.

                      1. re: NJFoodie

                        Today was Mom's birthday and she wanted Greek food, so off to Taverna Ouzo. Service was very friendly and welcoming, a plus and definitely better than Pithari in HP. Food portions were huge, easily serving two at lunch. Warm grilled pta slices were served with olive oil dip. Four olives in the oil were excellent. Our appetizer platter had stuffed grape leaves, zucchini balls, kiftedes, fava beans, tiropites and spanakopita. Mom ordered the Lamb Shanks with Orzo. It was a generous portion served in a copper pan. It looked like it came off the stove and onto the table!
                        I had the lunch special Gyro with three kinds of meat, including lamb. HUGE portion with a 1/2 cup of tsatziki sauce to keep it moist. The accompanying Greek salad was also enough for two. (For 9.95, that lunch was a bargain). I took half the Gyro home.

                        For dessert, we shared a Greek custard cake with some superb coffee. The cake was fresh, not too sweet, but moist and heavenly. There was plenty for the three of us to share. I have some Greek background and this place just rocked with flavor and atmosphere. Wished the music were louder, though. The owner came to check on tables often for satisfaction and he got a huge thumbs up from us. I wonder why the dining room wasn't full on a weekday lunch, but hopefully this will get the word out on an excellent addition to Monroe's restaurant choices.

                        Taverna Ouzo
                        146 Applegarth Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

                      2. re: truman

                        Just ate there tonight and the food was excellent! We had the veggie and regular Mousakka, huge portions and very tasty. We had the appetizer platter, which had fava beans, zucchini balls, stuffed grape leaves and a few other things that I cannot recall. We were all too full for dessert, so just had the coffee, which was great. The restaurant is decorated very nice and the staff is excellent, especially our waiter Michael. We will definitely go back.

                        1. re: adr22367

                          my wife and I love Greek food - and as it happened, we saw "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Saturfday night (best line - "he no eat meat? I make him lamb!"). Pretty good crowd for a Wednesday night - maybe 1/3 or 1/2 the tables were taken. As previously mentioned, the olives were a nice touch, but the olive oil was FANTASTIC - dipping the pita into it was wonderful. I ordered the beef and lamb gyro platter with lemon potatos. Other side choices were Greek fried potatos and another starch option I can't remember. BTW, my wife asked for a substitution and they gave her mixed vegetables, which consisted mostly of crisp broccolli and a few green beans. She had the lamb souvlaki which, like my platter, came with a large pita, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a generaous helping of tiziki sauce. All the food was great - we'll definitely be going back again, but probably not on a weekend, when I hear the place is jammed. Without drinks, the bill was about $35 pre-tip. The only "complaint" I had was that when eating ethnic, I like to sample lots of different things, so it would have been great to have a combo platter of some type. I know that the appetizers can provide that kind of variety, but there's no way I could eat an appetizer and entre - as it was, I had to take food home. In any case, definitely worth it.

                      3. I think this place is about to close. Last night (Thurs.) I drove by it around 7 ish, and maybe 4 cars. Last Sat. night we passed it around 8 and maybe 10 cars. During the week I rarely even see any cars. They have a sign outside buy 1 drink get 1 free.

                        Sad to see it go, but I don't know how they stay afloat with no one ever there. The one time we were there, the prices were much higher than they were in the Highland Park location, plus I thought the portions were smaller.

                        Has anyone been here recently?

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                        1. re: Angelina

                          that WOULD be a shame. we've been back several times since my review and each time it was great. The only suggestion I would have for them would be to have a lunch menu with lower prices and smaller portions. Paying those prices for lunch is unusual, but clearly worth the price.

                          1. re: nick28

                            Unfortunately they do have a lunch menu but you have to ASK for it!?!? I suspect this is their strategy but they are pricing people out by doing this.

                            This place is top shelf for sure and most definitely the best rest. Monroe Township has to offer at the moment but I wonder how much longer they have. Too bad they can't tweak things a bit. I take all my clients there but of course the company pays.

                            Note: GET THE CALAMARI! I am amazed no one has mentioned it! I normally hate the tentacles but I'll eat every one here.

                          2. re: Angelina

                            January is a tough month in the food industry - people are trying to cut back from the gluttony of the holidays, or they have resolutions to eat healthier or go out less, etc. I haven't been yet, but I've heard good things about this restaurant so hopefully they can get through these lean times.

                            1. re: punkin712

                              I haven't had an opportunity to visit Tasso's new restaurant - but I'm at his Highland Park rest often.

                              Tasso is a smart guy - I'm sure he'll find a way to make it work.

                              Meanwhile - anyone who is close to TAVERNA OUZO, should give it a try and support a restaurant that you'll be going to for years