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Best New York Greek Restaurants

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 19th 2011


If you've ever visited Greece itself, then you know what real, honest-to-God Greek food tastes like. And, if you're like most people, you're going to try to re-create that experience somehow, some way, when you get back to America. One way you can do this is by seeking out authentic Greek restaurants.

New York City has several to choose from. Now, granted, you may find yourself traveling to an area in the City that you normally wouldn't go in order to find one of the best Greek restaurants, but that's OK; it's worth the trip. And, think of it as another adventure, just like some of the ones you had in Greece.

Periyali, 35 W 20th Street

The location of this authentic Greek restaurant is in the area known as the Flatiron District. That district actually got its name from the shape of the most famous building in that area—the Fuller Building. When you look at the Fuller Building, however, inevitably the shape will remind you of an old-fashioned flatiron. The people in that area started calling it the Flatiron Building and the name for the district was born.

The Periyali Restaurant has been open in the Flatiron District since 1987. It was the first restaurant in New York City to feature traditional Greek cuisine; additionally, it also was responsible for introducing Greek wine to New York City.

Molyvos, 871 7th Avenue

If you are headed out to enjoy a concert or other performance at Carnegie Hall, make sure you leave enough time to stop at Molyvos either before or after the show. The restaurant is only one block away, so you won't go out of your way at all.

While you're there, you can enjoy Greek food cooked the way it would be in a traditional Greek home. The food is prepared using only the freshest ingredients that can be found in New York City, including seafood that has been caught the same day it was served.

Uncle Nick's Ouzaria

An ouzaria is a Greek bar that specializes in serving ouzo, Greece's national drink. If you've ever had it, you know how pungent its flavor is, but you also know how good it tastes when paired with authentic Greek food, just like that you'll find at Uncle Nick's Ouzaria.

The atmosphere is reminiscent of that which you would find at a traditional Greek ouzaria, with much laughing and talking, and a lot of eating. So, take a trip to Hell's Kitchen and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique New York neighborhood as well as Uncle Nick's Ouzaria.

Kouzina by Trata, 1331 2nd Avenue

This authentic Greek restaurant is located on the Upper East Side of New York City. It offers traditional Greek dishes, which you can enjoy with a selection of Greek or other ethnic wines. Depending on what you order, your portions may be rather large or small in size. That's all right, though, because they will all be good. Choose from chicken, beef, seafood, and vegetarian dishes.

Pylos, 128 E 7th Street

You can enjoy traditional Greek food that borrows ideas from all areas of Greece, for a unique dining experience. Pylos means "things of clay", but you won't think for a minute that you're food that tastes like dirt, so don't let the name's translation put you off.

You can choose from a dinner menu, a lunch and brunch menu, and a dessert menu. All of the dishes on any of the menus can be prepared for carry-out, so you can enjoy your Greek meal anywhere you wish. The restaurant hopes you'll dine in, though, so you can enjoy the atmosphere.
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Where: All over New York
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