When it comes to food options in New York City there are a ton. But, one place in town is a making a world of difference.
What feels like a ride across the planet to a beautiful Greece is really just a subway stop away to the Lower East Side to find this hot spot. Karvouna Mezze will make all your foodie and travel dreams come true in one moment.
The large-scale tapas bar and lounge is charming in design and layout. Guests feel sophisticated comfort as they walk into the establishment and are greeted by warm staff smiles.
Once seated a patron Is taken away to a place of delicious bliss. Diners have the option to mix and match their favorite Greek dishes, but also there is an opportunity to try items they may not be familiar with since the master chef is mixing up the way traditional dishes are done. One enters the dining room with stucco walls, mahogany tables, and banquettes with joy. Lining the walls are photographs by Pam Zaremba including atmospheric scenic images of urban Greece. Two large-scale photographs are of the aunt and uncle of partner Dimitris Vlaxakis; it is clear that these notable people worked the land. All in all, over 100 seats and bar stools fill the room that represents a lovely family history.
It is love that makes it happen, like the passion of Chef/Partner Giuseppe Scalco, who helped put Greek Steakhouse Merakia on the map.
Karvouna means charcoal, and represents the many menu items, which are grilled, or cooked on a spit, or open fire. It is a fantastic way to eat. Traditional spreads start the meal with lovely samples of Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata Xtipiti, and Kalamata Hummus all served with warm grilled pita.
After sitting and enjoying with a wonderful cocktail curated by master mixologist Greg Seider, move on to the signature Mezze including Soutzoukakia Smyrna meatballs with rice, manouri cheese, and tomato sauce, Kleftiko slow – cooked lamb stew with two cheeses presented in karveli bread, Bone marrow with mushrooms, caramelized onion, toasted bread, and a Raki shot, Revithada chickpea croquettes with fava bean puree and caramelized onions, and Vegetable Mousaka layered potato, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, onions, and bechamel.
Every taste is an escape to a land of beauty. This may not be a one-way ticket to Greece, but you will feel like you have gone to foodie heaven
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