Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Souvlaki GR is like a Trip to the Greek Islands

Pikilia
Some six years ago Lawman and I took a trip to Greece. We had planned to travel to the Greek islands for our honeymoon, but a little thing called the Olympics got in the way. A recent trip to Souvlaki GR brought back many fond pre-digital camera memories of the whitewashed tavernas in the islands...

Silly food blogger that I am I didn't actually take any pictures of the charming interior. Suffice it to say that every last detail was considered to make it a transportative experience from the street lamp to the blue tables, chairs (and even high chairs!) to the bold cascading bougainvillea to the Greek newsstand complete with Greek tabloids and candies. It's a relaxing spot to pull up a chair order a drink and tuck into some tender and perfectly grilled souvlaki.

While we were in Greece we developed a great fondness for various spreads--melitzanosalata, taramosalata, tzatziki, skordalia--so the Pikilia plate ($10) with oregano-laced fries, a basket of warm pita with sides of hummus, tzatziki taramosalata, melitanosalata(eggplant dip), hummus, and kalamata olives. They were out of the taramosalata, a creamy and salty whipped carp roe dip, so they substituted a feta dip. Three kinds of feta, in a spread? What's not to like? The intensely garlicky melitzanosalata was a hit with both Lawman and Little B who I think got the lion's share.

Box of Pork Souvlaki Stix
Naturally no trip would be complete without some souvlaki. We ordered a box of the pork stix ($10). The trouble with souvlaki is that there's always room for more. I'm thinking a return trip is in order very soon...

Souvlaki GR
116 Stanton Street,
New York, NY
www.souvlakigr.com

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