Greek

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for New York's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Greek food in New York, we head to Periyali - a reader favorite - or we count on Estiatorio Milos's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Greek cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Midtown West area.

10 Agnanti
Located in the Astoria section of Queens, this cozy taverna enjoys a loyal fan base because it delivers consistently superb traditional Greek fare and a family-oriented atmosphere that appeals to folks from all walks of life. Rooster cooked in tomato sauce with pasta is the house specialty, and the creative seafood dishes issue siren calls all their own. A true restaurant for all seasons, Agnanti features fireside dining during the winter months, and when the weather turns warm, they open the patio dining area, which overlooks Astoria Park. TRAIN: N, W to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd (718-545-4554)

9 Kefi
Gone is the haute Greek cuisine of Onera — in its place is this family-run neighborhood taverna that's drawn rave reviews all around. Indeed, en lieu of the raw fish and fancy tablecloths that were Onera's calling card, the owners have opted for familiar, time-tested classics like moussaka, spanakopita, and grilled octopus. Be sure to couple your meal with a bottle from their selection of Greek wines, most of them very reasonably priced. (212-873-0200, 212-873-0205)

8 Eliá
If you're a movie buff, the key words "Elia" and "Brooklyn" may recall Kazan's adaptation of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." That said, this Greek charmer is giving folks a whole new reason to think fondly of Brooklyn, Bay Ridge in particular. Like traditional estiatorios or tavernas — those social centerpieces of Greece's quaint seaside villages — Eliá seems to welcome patrons with a warm, cheery embrace that's punctuated by great music, seafood (grilled octopus is a must), and drink. And, just for good measure, be sure to save room for a few pastry bites and coffee before you leave. TRAIN: R to 86th St (718-748-9891)

7 Pylos
Located in the Alphabet City section of the Village, this Greek restaurant sports a long, narrow main dining room that juxtaposes both the contemporary (whitewashed walls) and the traditional (the phalanx of clay pots suspended from the ceiling). It's in these confines that, perhaps, the neighborhood's top ensemble of Hellenic dishes resides. Comfort dishes like pastitsio and moussaka provide all warmth one needs on a blustery day (especially if paired with Greek wine), and the hot and cold mezethes (appetizers) are perfect for sharing with the group. TRAIN: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Astor Pl (212-473-0220)

6 Thalassa Restaurant
Thalassa offers the enchanting personality and cuisine of the Greek Islands in a setting that is a true feast for the eyes. Jean Pierre Heim designed this seductive space, turning an old storehouse for olives and cheese into a true Aegean journey — a bar made of marble from Thasos, artistic interpretations of sails, wooden tables from Mykonos, and subtle, azure lighting. Thalassa is far more than a visual spectacle, though. The kitchen delivers awesome renditions of fresh fish and seafood, and main courses of Pilafe (seafood risotto with Diver scallops) and St. Pierre (pan-seared Dory over artichokes) are particularly well done. TRAIN: 1, 9 to Franklin St (212-941-7661)

5 Molyvos
Serving up authentic Greek food since 1997, this Midtown dining room pleases guests with large portions. For starters, try the pastry-wrapped spinach wedges and dip them in the tzatziki sauce — a tasty dip comprised of cucumbers, garlic and yogurt. Entree choices will beguile you, as the menu includes grilled fish, stewed lamb and steamed mussels. The wine list includes a variety of Greek labels. TRAIN: B, D, E to 7th Ave; N, R to 57th St; 1, 9 to Columbus Circle (212-582-7500)

4 Periyali
Looking for some great classic Greek food while in the Big Apple? Head to Periyali where you are sure to find authentic dishes that will satisfy you. Periyali is a cozy upscale, Greek restaurant that has been welcoming everyone with affordable prices for years. When you eat at Periyali you feel a part of the family because of the welcoming atmosphere. TRAIN: F, N to 23rd (212-463-7890)

3 Avra
Greek dining that you won't want to miss. The interior evokes visions of the gods with its flowing white fabric, interesting urns and wooden beams. Feast on a variety of Greek foods infused with Italian influences. Items such as pilaf, lobster, organic chicken and seafood punctuate the menu, offering up a good variety from which to choose. TRAIN: E, F to Lexington Ave; 6 to 51st St (212-759-8550)

2 Anthos Restaurant
Chocolate browns and muted pinks soften the swathes of white that mark Anthos' sleek dining room. Kinetic and adventurous chef Michael Psilakis doles out Greek-inspired cuisine, but in tandem with the restaurants exquisitely modernist interior, there is plenty of experimentation with flavors and textures. Diners can expect dishes such as a roasted chicken served with artichoke yogurt puree, okra, chicken sausage and dandelion greens. (212-582-6900)

1 Estiatorio Milos
Chic Greek dining at its very best in an old-fashioned atmosphere. Diners choose from an assortment of fresh fish that is then prepared on the spot. Most menu items are seared to perfection on the open grill. Save room for one of the tantalizing desserts. Meals are an experience, so be prepared to splurge — and feast. Fish market inside the restaurant is stocked daily. TRAIN: B, D, E to 7th Ave (212-245-7400)


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Maps and Directions

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Agnanti 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: Queens
COST: $$
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Kefi 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
COST: $$
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Eliá 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
COST: $$
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Pylos 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: EAST VILLAGE
COST: $$
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Thalassa Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: TRIBECA
COST: $$
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Molyvos 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Greek, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Midtown West
COST: $$
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Periyali 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Greek
COST: $$
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Avra 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: Midtown East
COST: $$
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Anthos Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: Midtown West
COST: $$$
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Estiatorio Milos 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
Neighborhood: Midtown West
COST: $$$