Mediterranean

Do you love Mediterranean food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in New York. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of New York restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Tanoreen, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Picholine. We also point out good neighborhoods for Mediterranean restaurants in the New York - West Village area, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!

10 Alta
The elegantly back-lit walls and the ethereal drapes make Alta a cozy, intimate space. It's perfect for conversation paired with an extensive selection of tapas. With little beauties like bacon wrapped olives, wok seared calamari, shrimp risotto and fingerling potato saltimbocca, the food is most definitely conversation-worthy. An equally thorough wine list opens up even more opportunities for flavor pairings. (212-505-7777)

9 Tanoreen
Across the bridge in Bay Ridge, Chef Rawia Bishara has consistently enjoyed rave reviews since she opened her Tanoreen back in 1999. Specializing in an amalgamation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, Bishara created her own, unique spice mix (called Tanoreen Spices) that she uses to flavor most of her dishes. And what flavor it all has, whether it's baked eggplant, okra stewed in tomato sauce, shepherd's pie or baked red snapper. Be sure to stick around for a bite of knafeh or baklava — unless you go home and sit in your favorite chair, you'd be hard pressed find a more comfortable place. TRAIN: R to 77th St (718-748-5600)

8 Little Owl
This charming 28-seat West Village restaurant has quickly become one of the city's most sought after reservations. Joey Campanaro's simple-yet-inspired American-Mediterranean cuisine, warm hospitality, and a friendly and professional service team, helps create the quintessential New York dining experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Inquisitive guests can peek into the kitchen and watch Joey create his signature dishes, including Gravy Meatball Sliders, homemade Ricotta Cavatelli and of course, The Little Owl's famous Pork Chop. (212-741-4695)

7 Convivium Osteria
The block between Bergen and St. Marks hides one of the best reasons to venture across the bridge to Park Slope, for it's there that you'll find one of the borough's more rewarding culinary surprises — Convivium Osteria. A fun, open place to gather and savor fine wine and good times, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant also gets the nod for its superb Italian, Spanish and Portuguese dishes. The large wooden tables and brilliant appetizers are just the right ingredients for sharing dishes with good friends. TRAIN: 2, 3 to Bergen St (718-857-1833, 718-450-2428)

6 Il Buco
Designed to recall the farmhouses typical of the Umbria region, the building that houses this NoHo charmer couldn't enjoy a better history — long ago, back when it was an antique store, hordes of distinguished artists and writers (even Poe) gathered here for afternoon socializing. Today, 47 Bond caters to discerning palates and enthralls them with such offerings as grilled veal chop with pomegranate glaze, seam bream in Trapanese salad, and braised farro with butternut squash and pancetta. TRAIN: 6 to Bleecker St; N, R to 8th St or Prince St; B,D,F,Q to Broadway/Lafayette (212-533-1932)

5 August
August casts a warm, orange glow along the low-arched dining room, mellowed by the aroma of the restaurant's wood-fired oven. Warmth seems to issue from even the smallest of crevices in the antiqued plaster and brick walls. The pizzas, in particular, benefit from the ovens, but the fish cannot be ignored, either. An oven-roasted whole dourade, flecked with freshly picked herbs and preserved in a lemon citronette evokes the balmy breeze of the Mediterranean. Some ingredients are seasonal, so you can expect a new twist every once in a while. (212-929-4774, 212-929-8727)

4 Barbounia
Cream and sandstone archways and stout columns break up the otherwise-lofty dining room of Barbounia. It's an intimate dining experience punctuated by the sizzle of the grill and clanging of pots — the chefs in the kitchen are on full display from the dining room. The exposed wood-planked ceiling overlooks dishes stocked with distinctly Mediterranean flavors. Tzatziki and hummus whet appetites that can be satisfied by lamb kebabs served with pepper chutney, pistachios and freshl-baked flatbread. If seafood is the charge, there's plenty to choose from: charred octopus or grilled swordfish steak in a garlic and paprika sauce. (212-995-0242)

3 Aldea
Sleek, understated lines, a double-height dining room and white-striped glass windows make dining here an airy affair, with all the emphasis on the food. Diners can watch Portuguese-American chef George Mendes practice his art through an open kitchen. However, the concept of food-as-art is quickly trumped by the bold Iberian flavors that Mendes produces. Seafood and shellfish are staples of the menu, but the arroz de pato (a paella dimpled with chorizo, olives, and duck confit) is definitely something to savor. (212-675-7223)

2 Picholine
If you love wine and cheese as much as the Europeans do, then this small, elegant restaurant should be your next dinner stop. Picholine prides itself on the extensive cheese tray and wine list it offers, and the cuisine centers around the tastes of the Mediterranean region (particularly France). Pastas, breads, fish and meats make up the perfectly-seasoned selections you'll find here. Theater attendees flock here for pre- and post- show eats. Also great for lunch, as the crowds are smaller. TRAIN: 1, 9 to 66th St-Lincoln Center (212-724-8585, 212-501-7457)

1 Sòlo
The flavors of the Mediterranean give an edgy contemporary twist to this trés mod space, located at Sony Plaza. The exterior wall is cooly back-lit with alternating hues of pink, blue and lavender, and the dining room also features built-in plasma screens with computer and DVD connectivity. The evocative fare's superbly presented, and each dish — from roast French hen with artichokes and sweetbreads to grilled bluefin with fingerling potatoes — is kosher. TRAIN: 4, 5, 6, F, N, R, W to 59th St and Lexington Ave; E, V to 53th St and Madison Ave (212-833-7800)


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Alta 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: West Village
COST: $
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Tanoreen 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Dancing, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
COST: $$
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Little Owl 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Mediterranean, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining
Neighborhood: West Village
COST: $$
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Convivium Osteria 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
COST: $$
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Il Buco 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Noho
COST: $$
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August 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: West Village
COST: $$
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Barbounia 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Gramercy
COST: $$
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Aldea 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge
Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: UNION SQUARE
COST: $$
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Picholine 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
COST: $$$
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Sòlo 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, European, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Midtown East
COST: $$$