Estiatorio Milos, NYC

November 24, 2008

On November 19, 2008, Linda and I dined at Estiatorio Milos  before a revival performance of On the Town at City Center, which is right next door.

There was chaos with many people arriving at the same time to this large restaurant, but we were seated rembight way after we got up to the reception desk. We ordered from the $49 pre-theater menu which has four choices each for the starter and the main, a salad in between and two dessert choices.

At the recommendation of our waiter, we ordered a bottle of 2004 Gerovassiliou, a Greek syrah-merlot blend. It was quite nice and went well with the food. 

 Linda’s first course was
Crab cake, grilled shrimp and fava piazzi purée

The tiny crabcake was flavorful, the puree very salty and the shrimp tasteless.

My starter was
Grilled vegetables with halourni cheese

The vegetables were nicely done. The grilled cheese in the middle added a good contrast, as did the sort of mayonnaise under the mint leaves.

We then had a tomato salad as a second course.

The tomatoes had some flavor, better than grocery store, but not midsummer vine-ripe.

Linda’s main course was
Honjake Salmon, simply grilled served with sautéed Swiss chard

The salmon was moist and had good flavor.

My main course was
Lambchops: charbroiled served with roasted potatoes and crown broccoli

The chops were cooked just right, but the vegetables were mushy and dull.

For dessert we had
Walnut cake served with honey-lavender ice cream

This was good.

Estiatorio Milos is the most highly rated Greek restaurant in the NY Zagats, two points higher than the next one and five points higher than nearby Molyvos, where we had eaten the week before. It was packed when we arrived and seemed to be almost full when we walked by five hours later after the show. Its prices are high. But, as you can see above, our meal was good, but quite ordinary, like a little neighborhood Greek restaurant without the cozy ambience. We preferred Molyvos in all respects. Perhaps a pre-theater menu is not the best test, but we could see a la carte meals at neighboring tables which looked boring. Grilled fish is a specialty and there is an enormous display, which did not look exceptionally fresh to me. The noise level was unacceptable for conversatiion, but the two private dining rooms with glass walls looking onto the big main dining room below looked calm.

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