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Snack Taverna

63 Bedford St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Morton St.
212-929-3499

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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63% would go back.

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A Favourite

By Cosmopolitan on 3/24/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

When we entered this place after checking out 2 other restaurants in the same area on a cold January night, we immediately felt the warmth inside.. and stayed...and we have been going back since then. It has a cozy atmosphere, lovely decoration (see the b/w pictures,they are genuine), wonderful food, very friendly staff.. Especially the owners and the bartender have been extremely nice to us which makes us feel at home anytime. Nothing on the menu has disappointed me yet, everything is fresh and tasty. If you have a sweet tooth, try the delicious rice pudding.. Greek wine selection is great too... What can I say, keep up the good work, guys!

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185 out of 354 people found this review helpful.

worth the trip

By elgreco on 3/22/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Finally, someone has done the unexpected...This place serves modern greek food, not like the traditionally oil laden plates, in a beautiful little corner of the west village. First the food is truly outstanding...the four of us thought that particularly the shellfish salad, the whole fish and the grilled lamb were great. We started our meal with the yogurt dip-cool and refreshing, and the creamy eggplant-slightly smoky and good. We shared everything and wished we had ordered more! I can say that I have been there several times including brunch and each time the service was outstanding and attentive and the guy at the door was friendly. Even checking on us throughout our meal to make sure we were enjoying ourselves...we were! Inexpensive and definitely worth the trip...finally Greek done right!

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159 out of 344 people found this review helpful.

it's about time!

By sugewhite on 3/22/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

greeks used to be the trendsetters.(a long time ago) somewhere along the way they got bogged down with spinach pies, moosakka, and greek salads with anchovies, grape leaves, iceburg lettuce and even grilled chicken... then along came SNACK TAVERNA. never before have i ever tasted a more inspired greek menu. i would like to think that this is what greek food would have evolved into if greek chefs immigrated here instead of post war peasants. all the flavors were very fresh as were the ingredients. i practically could taste the mediterranean on my plate. and for all you nay-sayers there are restaurants in greece outside of the island tavernas that serve things other than spinach pie and moosakka and they are still greek restaurants.

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169 out of 322 people found this review helpful.

this is an overrated place

By Uplange on 3/15/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

We normally expect a certain kind of hospitality at a Greek place but the person who greeted us looked like he had had a bad day. I suggest that he puts on a positive attitute next time. At long last we were seated. Some of the stuff is quite good but I cannot call it real Greek food. This is more like French-Greek fusion but modifications on the Greek part are quite significant. I did not like the mousakka, which was a good example of 'Nouelle Cuisine' which has been out of fashion since a few years... Only one slice of an eggplant is placed over a sweet bechamel-like base. Greek salad was ok but they should consider putting a few more tomatoes in there. Best dish was the fish for two , cannot remember the name. The semolina cake was not nice as the yogurt was too sour and the cake was not sweet at all which made it a pain to eat. Baklava was a nice try but I suggest that they fine tune their recipe with the help of a Turkish baklava expert, after all , baklava is not originally a Greek dessert...

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192 out of 393 people found this review helpful.

Extraordinary Greek food

By msphood on 3/6/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've had dinner and brunch at Snack Taverna. Many years ago I lived in Greece and since, I've been back many times. It would be hard to find food as interesting and delicious as this. The chef takes traditional ingredients (always very fresh, too) and recipes and adds his own twist to the dishes. Without exception, everythig I've eaten here was superb -- from the tzatziki (so bad so often, but here as good as a Greek grandma in an island village would make) to the lovely goat -- scrumptious and succulent to the last bite. Eureka! At last a fabulous Greek restaurant -- it makes me want to break plates!

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140 out of 323 people found this review helpful.

rude service

By boofo on 1/31/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

We had reasonable expectations, but had heard some conflicting stories. It started out badly when the owner slammed the door right after we entered to keep the cold out. After ordering up a storm, 1 of the 5 of us asked the waiter for a Diet Coke. He responded harshly, "No Diet Coke. This is a Greek restaurant." George was stunned. He told us he had a headache and needed his usual lunch-time DC so he went next door and bought one. When he reentered the Neanderthal waiter came up and barked "No Diet Coke. The boss's orders." The waiter made a couple of other uncordial remarks, which we ignored. We debated leaving, but ate (we were to hungry to wait) and left quickly. The food varied from fair to nausea-inducing. Stay away! Not only no Diet Coke, but no common courtesy.

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167 out of 347 people found this review helpful.

Size Really Doesn't Matter

By Jeca9 on 10/4/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

This restaurant is so small! Call it a cafe, but don't call it a snack! Go there for a full deliciously authentic greek meal accompanied by a fresh greek salad better than you've ever had before. It only has a few tables which means you might end up getting friendly with strangers. Dining at night when the candlelight illuminates the space while you enjoy an inexpensive flavorful dinner will make for a lovely date too. Everything is great but try the Vegetable Moussaka!

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