While a Greek vacation might be on many people’s bucket lists, travel is still a little more complicated than before, with flight delays and price hikes. If you’re in New York City, you can still enjoy some delicious Mediterranean flavors, and fresh seafood catches that will have you dreaming of a trip to the Greek Isles. Here are some of our favorite Greek restaurants in NYC so you can take a little flavor vacation without ever leaving the Big Apple.
The Best Greek Food in New York City
Limani New York
Take a trip to Greece without a passport at Limani New York. Located in the heart of Rockefeller Center, from the moment they step through the doors, diners are instantly transported to the Greek Isles with flavors like the stuffed calamari and the Kolokithi. The menu includes fresh catches that are flown in from the Mediterranean on a daily basis. The restaurant also has an extensive selection of seafood items from the raw bar along with whole fish options, and the prix fixe lunch menu is a fantastic way to sample specials at $35 per person, with options like the “Loup de Mer” and “Lobster Pasta.” If you’re in the mood for a perfect pairing, Limani has a wide range of Greek wines.
Baklava (Courtesy Limani New York)
There’s frequently a line waiting to get into Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, but don’t let that discourage you. The line moves quickly, and the food is certainly worth the wait. The restaurant is known for its seafood, and that’s undoubtedly what you should orddr. Start with the grilled octopus or Mardia (smelt). There are nearly 20 seafood entrees, including the Mediterranean sea bass and dorata. There’s also grilled swordfish, fillet of sole, grilled or fried sardines and Greek-style shrimp with feta, ouzo and tomatoes. The wine list has several Greek vintages that expertly pair with any seafood dish.
Restaurant Interior at Taverna Kyclades (CourtesyJiHae L.)
Famously known for its outstanding lunch specials, Estiatorio Milos is a seafood lover’s paradise. Try out the menu with their “Back to the Office Lunch,” priced at $39 for three courses or go all-out with their a la carte menu. If you’re in the mood for the freshest seafood, order items from their raw bar like the Greek ceviche or the Avgotaraho. The Milos Special is a fan favorite at locations across the country—the zucchini and eggplant tower is also highly photogenic. Make sure to save room for dessert!
Salmon Tartare at Estiatorio Milos (©Tim Atkins)
Marathi in Tribeca serves up Greek cuisine and comfort foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Diners can find classic flavors like “Spanikopita” among modern tastes like “Pita Tacos.” The menu is also filled with fresh seafood catches and shellfish options like the “Squid Ink Fettuccine” and the “Branzino a la Plancha.” Brunch consists of Greek flavors in traditional brunch fare like the chicken and waffles with Greek yogurt and crumbled gorgonzola and the “Chef’s Special Benedict” with potato feta hash.
Brunch (Courtesy Marathi)