For those of you who don’t know it, I liked with Greeks for over 15 years. My mom married a Greek gentleman (didn’t end so well), but we ate incredibly well during that time. Easter was one of my favorite holidays. Many of those dishes were incredibly labor intensive…and quite frankly, I’m too lazy to make them. Which gives me good reason to check out these restaurants offering some very cool dishes for Greek Easter:
Loi : 208 West 70th St. Maria Loi’s brand new UWS Greek restaurant will be setting up the grill outside and roasting lambs from Pat Frieda on spits. The outdoor roast is open to the public and food is free for invited senior citizens during a one-hour time slot. Loi has also crafted a special Easter on Sunday starting at 1pm and going until 9pm. The special Easter dinner is $65. Items served will include Magheritsa, marouli salad, spit roasted lamb, ayga kokkina (red Easter eggs) and koulourakia. This means one thing – deliciousness. I am told there will be takeaway on Sunday April, 15 from 12-1pm. For resos and details call 212-875-8600.
Molyvos: 871 7th Ave – Celebrate the Greek tradition with “The Breaking of the Fast“on Saturday, April 14, and a traditional Greek Easter celebration on Sunday, April 15. Executive Chef and Partner Chef Jim Botsacos will be offering a Greek Easter menu of meze, soup, salad, entree, and dessert, along with Greek Easter eggs (dyed red) and homeade Tsoureki for $65 per person. On April 15 there will be glykadakia (sauteed sweetbreads), magiritsa (lamb soup with egg and lemon), arnaki sto fourno, (roasted Vermont baby lamb), and galaktoboureko (killer dessert). The restaurant will also be offering Lenten specials that will run for the 40 day period prior to Easter; it will begin Monday, February 27th which is also known as Clean Monday. Call (212) 582-7500 for reservations and details.
Thymari: 32-07 34th Ave (Astoria) – Sometimes you need to get off the island. Greek Easter is a perfect excuse. Thymari will celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter on Sunday April 15th with a special Easter menu. It will feature traditional dishes such as Magiritsa (traditional Easter soup), loukaniko (Greek sausage) and arni souvla (spit roasted lamb with lemon potatoes). Thymari will be open from 2pm-11pm, with the Easter menu available all day. For details and resos call 718-204-2880.
Yefsi Estiatorio: 1481 York Ave – Chef and owner Christos Christou will celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter on April 15 by opening restaurant from 12am ” 3am for those who are attending midnight mass. They will be able to enjoy dishes from Yefsi’s standard menu. For those celebrating Easter on April 8, the restaurant will be open regular hours, from 5-11pm. To celebrate the holiday, the restaurant will offer a special of braised lamb with roasted lemon potatoes as well as regular menu items. For reservations and details, call 212-535-0293.