One of my favorite things to eat is Greek food. I love all of it-the dips, the salads the meats...and so I was determined to find the best greek in New York City. Several people pointed me in the direction of Kefi on the Upper West Side. And while Kefi was by no means bad, I didn't find myself dying to go back.
Pylos on the other hand is one I've been back to three times now. Often hesitant to go as I feel like I should be trying somewhere "new," I am always extremely satisfied with my meal. The meal is started with some grilled pita and a lentil vegetable puree that is topped with parsley and olive oil. I also recommend ordering a glass of their white wine from Santorini-the atlantis for $9 a glass is perfect with this type of food.
I've now tried many things on the menu and most of them are really wonderful and fairly priced. We always start we a few of the mezethes (appetizers). Dolmathes avgolemono are wonderful grape leaves stuffed with ground veal, raisins and pine nuts and topped with a creamy sauce made of lemon and egg. The crispy fried zucchini and eggplant rounds come with tzatiki and are a huge starter.
Roasted red pepper filled with spicy feta whipped with sweet and hot peppers are a little much and not as interesting as some of the others.
My favorite starter is the moussaka of artichokes layered with caramelized onions, three greek cheeses in an incredibly creamy bechamel sauce. I LOVE this dish. Yummm.
Entrees are great too. I have to say the cretan-honey braised lamb shank served with garlic puree and roasted tomato is so rich and satisfying. I always ask for extra braising sauce to dip the meat in.
I didn't think I would love the moussaka - layers of eggplant, zucchini and potato baked in a clay dish with ground lamb bechamel, but it was like a rich and creamy lasagna. The bechamel made this dish.
The organic boned chicken farci was also wonderful with raisins, rosemary, thyme, and and cheese with vegetables. The stuffing and sauce really make this dish. The vegetables that are served with it I find rather bland and boring.
Pylos is a great date spot, place to have dinner with a friend or even a place to take your grandmother. I took my grandmother and she loved it. She was the one who oredered the moussaka. Make sure to make a reservation for the weekends as they do get quite busy. The only thing I can't telly you about is there desserts, as butter lane cupcakes is directly across the street and amazing...
Pylos 128 East 7th St. (212) 473-0220