Mon-Sat, 11:30am-midnight; Sun, 11:30am-11pm
7 at Fifth Ave.; B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
38th St. to 49th St., Lexington Ave. to Ninth Ave.
With its tall, beamed ceilings, wine barrels, and fresh fish on ice, this cacophonous restaurant evokes a Greek market-side taverna. A sign above the bar reads “enter as strangers, leave as friends,” and the motto extends to the menu, which encourages sharing. Starters span the usual spreads, feta-heavy salads, and some distinguished bites like beef-and-cracked wheat meatballs in a rich red wine sauce, and authentic saganaki—cheese aflame with ouzo. Fish by the pound, simply grilled with lemon and olive oil, is the main draw, with seasonal offerings ranging from red snapper to red sea bream and buttery pompano. A plump plaki of roasted sea bass, slathered with creamy tomato sauce, is also delicious. Generous portions mean you may not make it to dessert.Recommended Dishes
Kavourokeftedes, $16.95; plaki, $32.95; pompano, $29.95 per lb.