By Greek restaurants I don't mean diners, octopus bars, or the kind of places where you get drunk on ouzo and throw plates at the floor. This is modern Greek -- at once refined and rustic, elevated and intense, a genre just beginning to flower.
One of the city's first fine-dining Greek restaurants, Periyali brings complete integrity and crystal-clear flavors to its interpretation of traditional Greek food.
The final word in Greek seafood, or maybe even just seafood, in New York, Milos is a restaurant dedicated to the noblest of culinary goals: taking the best product that can possibly be had and doing as little to it as possible. Milos takes this to an extreme, serving impeccable seafood jetted in that day with just some lemon and salt, if that. It's an ultra-clean, ultra-light, ultra-delicious experience -- and ultra-expensive.
No one talks about it anymore, but Molyvos reigned for a long time as the city's best Greek restaurant. And maybe it still is. Certainly the place took Greek cooking and modernized it before anyone else has. The food is elevated by homey and the room always comfortable and the service tight. The price is right too; a great choice in midtown.
It's expensive and immense -- almost to the point of being intimidating. But the adventurous Greek food at this Tribeca restaurant makes it worth overcoming one's wariness.
Star chef Michael Psilakis aimed to take Greek food into the American mainstream; and with Kefi to some extent he succeeded. It's always crowded and the fine food and modest prices are obviously the reason why. If there were more Kefis octopus might be as popular as veal.
Greek restaurants are generally homey affairs, and even when refined tend to work from the same basic taste palate, but Amali breaks the mold. The menu is largely American (with some Greek inflections) and utterly committed to small farm sourcing and nose-to-tail cooking. It's also one of the only good restaurants in a somewhat barren neighborhood and makes an ideal place to go after shopping at Bloomy's.
Parea deserves more credit -- it's an airy and modern Greek restaurant with a light touch and an artful way with traditional flavors.
Greek-American superchef Michael Psilakis concentrates on heartier, more substantial food in this brilliant, rustic restaurant.