On a Friday night, we were looking for a restaurant Midtown on Opentable, when we stumbled upon Souvlaki GR, a new Greek restaurant in the area. Nice decor, transporting you in a street in Greece, but a bit narrow, prompting the wait staff to pass very close to tables...
Food wise, they have some classics such as the spreads you would find in most places: tzatziki, hummus or the delicious melitzanosalata that is made with eggplant, a dish served with some very good pita that I think was house made.
We also tried their kolokithokeftedes or zucchini croquettes that were a change from the usual fried zucchini and was both crunchy and tasty, without being greasy.
We also tried the Greek meatballs, or keftedes, made with beef, onion, garlic and parsley. Served, again, with tzatziki, they were just ok, a bit dry. I think they would have been better with a tomato sauce.
But the best was the saganaki cheese croquettes called tyrocroquettes: that cheese is fantastic whatever shape it is served. This was in fact my favorite dish and it did not even need the tzatziki it came with.
The second best dish of the evening was the grilled lamb chops that were perfectly cooked medium on charcoal. My only regret was that they were frenched, so the best part, the fat on the bone, was missing. But still, it was delicious. However, I found it weird that they would serve lamb with pita. It was probably because of the tzatziki that was, again, present...
Last was dessert. Instead of going for the baklava, we decided to go for their Greek donuts, the loukoumades, that are fried balls of dough, honey, walnut and cinnamon. What a disappointment! It was simply rubbery and not good for me.
The food at Souvlaki GR was overall good. It is clearly not the best Greek restaurant in New York, but has some decent food at decent prices. Would I go back? Not sure: for the same prices, Uncle Nick's in Hell's Kitchen is much better. For a little more, Molyvos close but is my top choice.
Enjoy (I did)!
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