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Greek goes chic at this flashy and fabulous Park Avenue spot.
  • Awarded "Best Lamb chops- NYC"
  • "Most Comfortable dining"
  • Fresh Fish from the Grill
Come join us in our beautiful dining room with some the "best seating in the city." We specialize in fresh Mediterranean cuisine with Greek, Turkish and Italian influences. While relaxing on our plush banquettes with a specialty drink from the bar, you will feel as though you are in a Greek palace surround by bulbous white columns. We feature octopus nicoise, souvlaki kebabs served with mint-flavored tahini however out specialty is our fresh-grilled fish including dorado or branzino. Our lamb chops are among the best in the city which go very well our ouzo menthe cocktail (lemonade, ouzo, mint). End your meal by endulging in our signature house panna cotta made with yogurt or the cigar-shaped phyllo filled with spiced apples.
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amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Midtown Manhattan, Flatiron District
Categories
Mediterranean Restaurants, Greek Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek, Omelets

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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katkat74

10/09/2007

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good fish, but avoid the souvlaki

\noverall an average to slightly above average experience. the service definitely felt rushed - we were prepared to spend some time drinking between courses, but the waiter couldn't seem to space anything out appropriately - each course was right on top of each other. they don't seem to have any sort of service system, which is strange for a restaurant at this price point. It seemed more like eating at a Friday's than somewhere on park avenue.\n\nfood wise - spanikopta was above average, nothing to write home about. Classic greek salad was dressed very nicely.\n\nFor mains, the baked snapper was excellent. i highly recommend this as some of the best i have had in the city. the souvlaki, on the other hand, was horrible. You will find far better quality on the typical lunch cart around town. The lamb, in particular, is something that I would deem completely inedible.\n\nDessert was good - but, stay away from the dessert wines unless you know your stuff. We asked questions about some of the different offerings, but all the staff could do was bring the bottle for us to read! \n\nOverall, I'd say about average. Nothing makes me want to go back, but I wouldn't turn down an invite...

darleenthec

11/20/2007

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They need to pick up their game to charge these prices

Attentive wait staff but no sense of timing whatsoever. Appetizers came so fast that it was frankly uncomfortable. I thought we must have received someone else's food. It's not a good sign when the apps beat the wine to the table. We asked the waitress for some help in choosing the wine but she deferred to the manager. The manager seemed way out of his element in looking over his own wine list. He made a recommendation based on what Italian style of wine we liked (we wanted a Greek wine to salute the cuisine), and what he offered was way off base. We ordered something else and he was kind enough to pick up the $$ difference in the 2 bottles. The souvlaki is served with the meat only. It was good enough, but as a meal, the dish needs more. The wait staff, busboys, etc. are doing their job but the overall rhythm here was not relaxing and I won't return. Too many flaws for me.

agnesgregory

11/28/2007

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Best Authentic Seafood

Came for a birthday party last week. Our waiter recommended we try the whole fish from the grill. This was the best seafood I've had in a LONG time. The branzino was so mild, and it was filleted right at the table, so you could see all the fresh herbs that were stuffed in the fish for grilling. It's served with a small side of lemon olive oil, which made for such a healthy, simple flavor. Very nice, lofty interior, great affordable wine. The pumpkin cake was out of this world. Funny bartender named Scott picked a great pre-dinner wine at the bar. Very cool vibe. Very comfy banquettes. Definitely coming back.

b00pi3flak3s

11/07/2006

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Definitely Greek Goes Chic

Who would've known Greek could be so chic on the east side? Outside of the Greek havens in Astoria, will one find such dressy Greek culinary fare at this location. Come with plenty of $$$ and enjoy a great time with some snazzy drinks.

Newyorking

09/07/2006

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Not good anymore

I chanced upon this place a couple of years back before the decor changed from white crystals in the center to what it is now. I still loved the food but missed the crystals! I recently took my parents to this place telling them about how good it was, and realized that the chef had changed. The food was not good anymore. I thought of giving this place another chance last weekend for old times sake, and was highly disappointed. \n\nFirst get the rules straight before you go here:\n1) You cannot ask for another seat other than what the host/hostess directs you to - be prepared to hear a very firm ""I don't think so"" if you request change despite the restaurant being empty (BTW if you do remain standing and look at the hostess like she is crazy, you may get your seat of choice)\n2) You have to order appetizers and entrees at the same time - they will not accept separate orders for both. Maybe they need more time to prepare - if so, they should say it to the customer rather than just insist that you order at the same time.\n3) Be prepared for waiters to hover over you so that as soon as you finish they can take your plate\n\nThe service and food no longer measure up, which is why I had to change my previously positive review. Food portions have also declined. I will not be going back.

chris03331

01/16/2008

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Raw Chicken and Poor Service

I took a client to Babounia for lunch one afternoon and was extremely embarassed. First the waiter took our order but walked away in such a rush that we didn't have the opportunity to give him our drink order. We had to flag down a busboy to get our waiter's attention. Finally our Diet Coke's arrived and 10 seconds later our meals arrived. Both of us ordered salads with chicken and it turned out both dishes displayed RAW CHICKEN. We didn't notice until my client took a good-sized bite! Our waiter neglected to check on us so we once again were forced to flag down the bus boy. When our waiter arrived we informed him of the raw chicken and he took the dishes back to the kitchen.\n\nTen minutes later my client's dish returned with severely well-done chicken. This time it was tough and rubbery! I insisted she start eating before her dish get cold because my dish took at good 10 additional minnutes to arrive! \n\nOnce agian, our waiter never checked on us and we never saw a manager. I have never been so embarassed in front of a client. The kicker to all of this is that we were charge FULL PRICE for our RAW CHICKEN! At this point, our meals were overcooked and we were starving!\n\nI would have stopped to speak with a manager but at this point my client simply wanted to leave which is why I'm writing this review now.\n\nI would never dine there again and would never recommend it to anyone unless you want rude service and a trip to the doctor's office!!

jmpilla

02/24/2008

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Great food, bad service

Ok- I've dined here many times and recommended this restaurant to countless friends. In the last few months there's been one consistent reaction ""great food, but what's thee deal with the service?""\nIt is so disappointing. The busboys staff is working hard but the wait staff is invisible. The women in particular are free of personality. The hostess sat my friend and I in between 2 occupied tables with minimal room for privacy event though we had a reservation and there was plenty of availability.\nThe food remains excellent but when the service and atmosphere don't live up to expectations why return when there are so many nearby options?

owace

04/14/2008

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Will go to great lengths to make you happy

Everyone else has commented on their food and its excellence, so I will spare readers the repetitive compliments. \n\nI specifically asked for a reservation time that would get me seated no later than 10 minutes of walking in through the door. for this i was recommended the 930 slot for 6 people. I booked 6 days in advance. Be it great weather, or just slow patrons, we didn't get seated till 50 minutes later. However, both William, and Oz (the sommelier) went to great lengths to make the rest of our night enjoyable. Once seated the service was excellent, and the attention to detail for the food and by the waitstaff was excellent. \n\nThough no fault of their own (i had scheduled a wine delivery that did not occur), they accommodated me appropriately when i chose the wine they had to offer. The entire experience lent it self to an air of experts, serving an amateur dining crowd, but when asked to step up will deliver a most pleasurable dining experience. \n\nI would thoroughly recommend this place.

sn175

12/29/2006

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One of the best restaurants in NY !

absolutely perfect! hosted my 30th birthday there for a group of 10. extremely accomodating. the food and decor were to die for! I was afraid it would work out to expensive, but the total bill was actually very reasonable and we all left happy!

nerdybird

11/16/2006

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Excellent

This restaurant was visually beautiful (maybe one of the prettiest places I've seen in a long time), the food was *excellent*, the service attentive. I went for a work lunch and it was pretty quiet. I ordered a flatbread pizza type dish that had fresh figs and prosciutto on it - a really nice blend of salty and sweet flavors. For dessert we had the chocolate bread pudding - which looked like an overgrown muffin sitting on a cloud of cream - and came with a tiny scoop of pure vanilla ice cream. The thing that impressed me most was that they and had some staple Greek dishes, but also experimented with those traditional flavors.

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