Best Greek Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Offering up authentic Athens-inspired fare, these Greek restaurants can claim top ratings in NYC. 

Estiatorio Milos
Greek · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

A “class act” , this “glorious” Midtown Greek specializes in “fresh-as-it-gets” seafood served up in a “cavernous” white-on-white space that gets especially “energetic” at lunch; “by-the-ounce” pricing can add up ( “buying your own boat may be less expensive” ), but the prix fixe options are a relative “bargain.”
Pylos
Greek · East Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

“Not your run-of-the-mill Greek” , this “more upscale” East Villager offers “unbeatable” cuisine that’s “lovingly prepared” and “well priced” for the quality; with a “wonderful” team overseeing a “memorable” space boasting a ceiling lined with terra cotta pots, it’s a “real find.”
Taverna Kyclades
Greek · East Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

The “excellently prepared” fish and seafood ( “especially the octopus” ) are “the name of the game” at these “no-frills” tavernas where “traditional” Greek specialties are “delicious” too; “huge” portions add “value” , and while no reservations can make for “painful” waits, they’re “packed” for a reason.
Taverna Kyclades
Seafood · Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

The “excellently prepared” fish and seafood ( “especially the octopus” ) are “the name of the game” at these “no-frills” tavernas where “traditional” Greek specialties are “delicious” too; “huge” portions add “value” , and while no reservations can make for “painful” waits, they’re “packed” for a reason.
Loukoumi Taverna
Greek · Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Excellent” , “authentic” taverna fare leads the charge at this “warm, inviting” Astoria Greek; it's located “a bit away” from the main neighborhood action, but “affordable” tabs and a back garden clinch the “good-on-all-counts” endorsement.
Elia
Greek · Bay Ridge · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

Bringing Bay Ridge an “exceptional” “taste of the Mediterranean” , this Greek neighborhood fixture produces “perfectly cooked” whole fish and other “innovative” specials; sure, it's a “splurge” , but the staff is “hospitable” and there are bonus “outdoor seats” on the garden deck.
Thalassa
Seafood · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Delicious upscale Greek dining” with an emphasis on “perfectly cooked” seafood is offered in a “gorgeous, expansive” space with a “floating on the Mediterranean” feel at this TriBeCa standby; add in an “incredible” Hellenic wine list and “even the gods of Mount Olympus would be pleased.”
Elias Corner
Seafood · Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

Grilled fish so fresh it tastes like it was “caught an hour ago” is the specialty of this “no-frills” Astoria Greek with not much decor and “no menus” (just check out the “cold case” and point); though it only accepts cash and service is “so-so” , the tabs are sure “hard to beat.”