Just last month the Upper East Side welcomed a new Greek restaurant. I admit, I assumed it would be rather basic. Sitting on the corner or 88th and 3rd, it occupies a space formerly known to pizza and tacos. Happily, the new tenants have upped the ante. The vibe is upscale Greek taverna, as you’d expect at this menu/price point. We’re talking blue cabinetry, marble countertops, wood and iron furniture, and white everywhere else. It’s lovely and feels nice and airy, even as you approach the back away from the windows.
I haven’t had much good Greek food since returning from Greece so I was READY. It meant I ordered a bit more than usual, but I just had to try multiple items from the menu. We started with a trio of spreads and chose taramosalata, tzatziki, and spicy feta. Each one was absolutely delicious and I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Maybe the taramosalata because it wasn’t too fishy? …but then I take another bite of the tzatziki and think ooh this one. I guess the best course of action is to get the combo. We also got a side of lemony roasted potatoes and they were good but not great. There was a bit too much lemon sauce, which took away their crispness. And I love lemon but this was perhaps a smidge heavy handed.
No complaints whatsoever when it comes to entrées. My beau got a Greek salad and added a pork skewer and a chicken skewer. The salad was pretty gorge with super fresh veggies. I got a pork gyro and thought it was pretty much perfect. There was enough tzatziki and they stuff it with fries, as is traditional in Greece and always missed when it’s not done here in the US.
Overall this is a wonderful addition to the UES. I’d love to go back with a few other people and get one of the platters that serves 3-4. I also think this spot could be fun at night for the parent crowd if they play their cards right. It’s new so only time will tell if they go in that direction, but no matter what I’ll be going back for the food.