1167 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
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So, I'm Greek and like to think I know Greek food but Athena Gyro was the best Greek food I've had in my 61 years. The Htapothi sti Skhara(Grilled Octopus) was out of this world. Spices and seasoning were beyond compare and it just melted in your mouth. Such a treat ! Followed by a Greek Salad with very generous helping of Feta and dolmades(stuffed grape leaves). I judge a Greek Salad by how much I have to search for the Feta---no problem here: top, middle and bottom of my salad. Finally the baklava-paper thin filo, nuts and honey done just right. Athena Gyro has the right recipe for your discriminating palate. If I could dine there every night I would but then I would have to answer to my wife !!
I visited Athena's in lagrangeville on Thursday Oct 6, 2016. I was meeting two very good friends to catch up on news and generally have a good chat and of course, to include dinner.
While I can't fault the food, because it was very tasty, we really felt as if we were rushed from start to finish. From the time we sat down, our waitress stopped by our table at least 4 times while we were getting settled. It was very obvious that we wanted to just chat for 5 or 10 minutes and we also asked her to give us some time. Whether she didn't hear us or she was being told to keep coming back by her boss, we don't know, but we decided to order just to get it over with.
When I tell you our appetizers were on the table within 3 mins of ordering, I'm not kidding. Again everything was rushed. Our entrees were also on the table within 10 mins. We hadn't even finished our apps. Our table was crowded with food. It felt like we were in a fast food restaurant. It's a pity because the food is very good.
On the layout and design of the restaurant, I feel, as with all the previous owners of this particular restaurant, they have failed to create an inviting atmosphere. We felt we were sitting in the middle of a big room. It was very loud, as there were no soft furnishings to absorb the noise. Some sectioning of the dining area would help to create a feeling of warmth, maybe some booths could break up the hollow feeling.
As I said above, the food was good, but very rushed. Not sure I would be making another visit, unless it was for takeout. It certainly isn't a place to catch up with friends. You don't get a chance to finish a sentence because so many of the staff are asking you if you are enjoying your food.
Its such a pity. I really hoped this was going to be a new favorite for me. Its a fantastic location and with all the improvements to the roads in the area, it should be a popular spot. I wish them every success and write it only to help them improve.
New business in Lagrange - Just opened this past Thursday.
Excellent friendly service.
Even more excellent taste of the food.
I got to go: Falafel in a pita. Ordered extra falafel balls and tzataziki sauce.
The falafel balls were delicious and moist.
The tzataziki sauce was fresh and good flavor (though I like it a bit stronger in flavor).
I ordered a small greek salad. The greens were expertly fresh and the yogurt dressing was to dye for - excellent. The taste of the olive was also excellent.
The size of the portions was large (excellent) particularly for the quality of food.
I would highly recommend and I'll be back soon.