Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own! 

 Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Avlee is a small Greek restaurant that has its charm. Opened in February 2012, this place is the pride of the owner, Andrew Poulos that I had the chance to meet. Yes, it is a small size restaurant, but with a secret garden in the back (Avlee means garden in fact). I like the decor with its open kitchen, but mainly because, like many Greek restaurants, the decor gives the impression your are outside with its shutters. 

 Dining room at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Dining room at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Dining room at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Dining room at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Kitchen at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Kitchen at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Dining room at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Dining room at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Market at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Market at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Kitchen at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Kitchen at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Food wise, they serve classic dishes, using natural products. We started off our meal with a spread sampler made of (from left to right on the photo below) Tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber, garlic and dill), Fava Mani (made with chickpeas, lemon, tahini and cumin - equivalent to hummus), and Melitzanosalata (eggplant, bell peppers, jalapeño, parsley and garlic).

 Spread sampler at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Spread sampler at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Tzatziki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Tzatziki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Fava mani at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Fava mani at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Melitzanosalata at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Melitzanosalata at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

My favorite was the taztziki that was refreshing, and then the Fava Mani. I admit that I did not really like the Melitzanosalata that much, the eggplant flavor not being that pronounced. It was served with some pita that was slightly grilled.

 Pita at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Pita at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Then came the saganaki, my favorite appetizer when I have a Greek meal. I simply like this cheese (called Kefalograviera), from its taste with its slight saltiness to its texture that is slightly chewy. At Avlee, they do not flambé it, but rather pan fry it and it was sublime.

 Saganaki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Saganaki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Saganaki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Saganaki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

We also tried the Sika or fig rolls that are figs stuffed with feta, wrapped in prosciutto and pan fried. It was good, but I wish there was more feta in it.

 Sika or fig rolls at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Sika or fig rolls at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Sika or fig rolls at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Sika or fig rolls at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

The last appetizer was the Spanakopita, a mix of spinach, cheeses and mushrooms wrapped in phyllo. It was ok for me, simply because I am not a huge fan of spinach and dishes with it are either hit or miss. Jodi loved it though...

 Spanakopita at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Spanakopita at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Spanakopita at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Spanakopita at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

But then came the entrée: Arni Youvetsi Kokkinisto. This was an amazing dish made with slow braised lamb shank cooked in a tomato sauce and served with orzo. The lamb was very tender, falling off the bone and the sauce very flavorful.

 Arni Youvetsi Kokkinisto at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Arni Youvetsi Kokkinisto at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

That dish came with a Greek salad that had a bit of a kick because of the pepper in it.

 Greek salad at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Greek salad at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

The second entrée we tried was the grilled Haloumi that is a grilled Cypriot goat milk (know that I asked for smaller portions for the dishes as we wanted to try several of their specialties). It was delicious, especially with the nice char from the grill.

 Grilled Haloumi at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Grilled Haloumi at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Grilled Haloumi at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Grilled Haloumi at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

We also tried three sides:

Gigantes or large white beans baked in a tomato, onion and dill sauce.

 Gigantes at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Gigantes at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Horta Revithia or sautéed kale, roasted chickpeas, shallots in chicken broth.

 Horta Revithia at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Horta Revithia at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Sautéed spinach with orzo.

 Sautéed spinach with orzo at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Sautéed spinach with orzo at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

I liked all of them (even the one with spinach!), but my favorite was definitely the Gigantes.

Last was dessert, with first the Galaktoboureko, a vanilla custard layered with phyllo that was very good and not too sweet, with nice hints of cinnamon.

 Galaktoboureko at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Galaktoboureko at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Their homemade baklava that was quite good.

 Homemade baklava at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Homemade baklava at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

With the desserts, I got a coffee made in a briki, a small pot to make a traditional Greek Coffee. Quite good and flavorful.

 Coffee made in a briki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Coffee made in a briki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

 Coffee made in a briki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

Coffee made in a briki at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Brooklyn, NY

We had a very good lunch at Avlee Greek Kitchen. My perfect meal would be: saganaki, the lamb youvetsi and the baklava. In fact, this is what I recommend if you go there. Anyway, they have plenty of dishes to satisfy any palate, with non-vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes. 

Enjoy (I did)!

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