New York might be thousands of miles away from Greece, but a step inside Souvlaki GR greets you with cobblestone floors, a blue and white color scheme, hanging bougainvillea and quintessential Cycladic blue doors.
Sure the cobblestones are painted on, the tempting doors and shutters don’t actually open and we definitely aren’t on a Greek Island, but for some reason fake-Mykonos satisfies your need for a Mediterranean escape. Where the decor lacks in authenticity, the staff and food excel.
Souvlaki GR is a reasonably-priced restaurant with friendly Greek staff and delicious food. As hinted by the name, Souvlaki offers Greek classics such as meat skewers, salads, sweets, beers, wines, mastiha and ouzo.
My go-tos are the hummus and tzatziki as starters and the veggie pita as a main dish. I usually order these same three things but I have heard good things about most dishes on the menu. (Friends have RAVED about the Greek fries sprinkled with feta cheese.)
Overall, Souvlaki is a good choice for lunch or dinner if you’re looking for tasty food in an adorable atmosphere. Oh, and be sure to check out the bathroom – one of the best decorated lavatories on the Lower East Side.
For those of you on the go, there is also a Souvlaki GR Food Truck that cruises around the city. You can track its location on Twitter. The company also developed a free delivery app (search SOUVLAKI GR) for those of you hibernating during the winter.