Grecian Flavor in the City

A few months back (yes months…eek) I was invited to dinner at Milos with one of my roommate’s families.  Tucked away on West 55th Street (Midtown) is a nice little restaurant that gives you a taste of Greece but without the gorgeous white walls and blue water views – but you also won’t have to worry about their economy crashing while you are there.  Just throwing that out there.

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Milos is listed more on the pricier side and has an upscale feel about it.  Had I actually looked at the menu and website, I would have noted this and changed my outfit.  Instead, I chose to arrive in jeans and a sweatshirt – both on the nicer side but still.  The saying “dress to impress” has been duly noted.

One of the most unique aspects of this restaurant is how they displace their sea options – in a massive bed of ice for everyone to see.

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It’s customary to follow your waiter to the make-shift ice box and listen to all the various ways to prepare the fish (or crab) and then decide what your main course will be.   The selection of fish and crustaceans are flown in from Greece, Spain, and Portugal – grilled and sold at market price by the pound.

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Fagri, Loup de Mer, Lethrini, Dorado Royale, Dover Sole, St. Pierre, Balada, Barbouni, Sfyrida, Rofos, Steira, Raska,

Langustines, Blue Lobster, Langusto

Also American varieties such as Black Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Pompano

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^^ Most likely a type of scallop and calamari dish that I probably did not partake in.  I’ve gotten used to some shrimp dishes, love crab and some lobster, but will not indulge in calamari.  I’m pretty sure it’s a texture and consistency thing. 

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^^MILOS SPECIAL (Lightly fried zucchini, eggplant, tzatziki and kefalograviera cheese)  aka leaning tower of goodness.  I almost went ahead and ordered it for dinner but we decided to split one for the table.

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^^ GREEK SALAD (Vine ripe tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and barrel-aged feta)

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^^ Our selection of fish (MILOKOPI GRILLED) with a sea-salt crust

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After finishing off this plate of fish, we were beyond stuffed for dessert (shocker, I know), however I would certainly make the trip back just for dessert.

~ Baklava ~
Layered phyllo with almonds, honey, and cinnamon.

~ Galaktobouerko ~
Custard with a layered phyllo crust.

~ Karidopita ~
Walnut-based cake served with ice-cream.

~ Loukoumades ~
Dough fritters with cinnamon and thyme-honey syrup.

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Anyways, it was quite the treat to eat out and I did my best to subtlety document the experience, though I apologize for the quality of some of the photos above.  I was not adequately prepared to whip out my camera in front of the family – even though the dad is pretty much a professional photographer.  I would absolutely go back to document the experience but alas, there are oh so many other places to explore. For another review, check out the New York Times’ take here.

Milos
~ Location ~ Menu ~ Photos ~ Contact ~
M-Sun: 12p-2:30p ~ M-Sat: 5p-11:30p ~ Sun: 5p-10:30p
125 West 55th Street, NY, NY 10019
(212)245-7400
newyork@estiatoriomilos.com

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