Summer’s coming up and that means vacations (hopefully) and more outdoor time. While you’re dreaming of your upcoming summer trip from wherever you are, we’ve got the restaurant that’ll tie you over in the meantime. Inspired by one of the most exotic and glamorous Mediterranean isles Mykonos, Souvlaki GR in the East Village serves some pretty yummy Grecian food.
Souvlaki GR’s white washed walls, cobblestone streets, pink flowers, and fairy lights strewn along the ceiling will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the islands themselves. As a family-owned Greek restaurant, many of the items on the menu are recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Their classic staple is a Souvlaki Pita consisting of tomato, red onions, fries, and tzatziki, which is wrapped in a fluffy and chewy pita bread (think a Greek burrito-like creation). The tzatziki sauce, a mix of cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and often times dill, make for a complimentary sauce to the savory meat and acidic tomatoes and onions. This dish is also known as Gyro, an ancient Greek street food that often makes use of thinly sliced meat from a rotating stack of chicken, lamb, or pork. We also got a side of Spanakopita (Naomi’s favorite), which were puff pastry triangles with a delightfully creamy spinach, feta, ricotta, dill, and scallion filling that came fresh out of the oven, perfectly flaky on the outside and cheesy on the inside.
The restaurant also has a Midtown location on 56th Street and 7th Avenue with similar decor and atmosphere. If you want to mix things up or are craving some Greek food, Souvlaki GR is a great place for a lovely meal with friends or even a date (the fairy lights are a romantic touch!).
116 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002
162 W 56th Street, New York, NY 10019