Friday, February 12, 2010

Next stop Greece, and Athena Express

Savoring the culinary delights of Greece is as simple as a trek to Athena Express’ new Bay Ridge location where you can feast your eyes upon the chef searing coils of octopus over the fire while you dine on palate-pleasing Mediterranean-Greek fare.

The family-style dining establishment — 484 77th Street — celebrated its grand opening with a hearty welcome from owners Teddy and Spiro Hiotis, who also operate a sister restaurant of the same name in Park Slope.

A clutch of tables seats 15 and is offset by a small bar — BYOB though — and a cozy kitchen whose main star is a sizzling grill from which emerge such palate-pleasers as ukaniko (grilled sausage), avgolemono (chicken soup with lemon and egg), the Athenian Meat Platter (chicken kebab, lamb kebab, pork kebab, and gyro with a salad, pita, and tzatziki), with coffee and honey cookies for dessert.

Athena Express-Bay Ridge offers catering, accommodates private parties and is open weekdays, noon-10 p.m.; and weekends, noon-11 p.m.For more information, call 718-965-4578.

Pictured: Co-owner Teddy Hiotis brings out platters of piping hot plate-pleasers. Photos by Ted Levin.


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