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Boukiés: Quick report


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Boukiés: Quick report

howdini | | Apr 18, 2012 08:11 AM

New Greek meze taverna Boukiés is now open on 2nd & 2nd. Stopped in last night with the gf for a late, light dinner and came away pretty happy.

The space itself is very comfortable, with tables set at modern, cream-colored couches as well as chairs. There's outside seating, which would've been nice earlier in the evening, but as it was a bit chilly when we got there at 10pm, we ate inside. The host was very pleasant, and our waitress was funny and delightful.

The menu is made up of small plates, with only two entrees (a whole grilled fish, grilled lamb chops). We started with Saganaki me Diafora Tyria sto Fourno, baked Greek cheeses topped with red pepper compote. This was very good, if a bit too salty, which I think can be blamed on the cheese itself. The sweet red pepper provided a fairly good balance to the saltiness, but the saltiness kinda won out. Still, pretty tasty, and texturally rich, with a nice crust from the oven.

Dolmades Dodecanesioi, stuffed grape leaves with rice, raisins and mint, are quite sweet. Good grape leaves provided a nice, almost sausage-like snap. The dill-lemon olive oil provides a contrast to sweetness. These arrived at the same time as the baked cheese, so their sweetness offset its saltiness.

Manitaropitakia Nymfaio, mushroom phyllo pie. Four to an order, and a bit larger than I expected, which was a welcome surprise. Very simple, not spectacular, only a little bit greasy. I thought it could have been more intensely mushroomy-y, but not bad.

Psito Ktapodaki, Pligourosalata me Fakes, marinated grilled octopus. On the .pdf menu that I'm copying the names of these dishes from, it says that this is served on a bed of pickled artichokes, but this was not the case (I can't remember if it read this way on the printed menu). No matter, as this dish is simply prepared, high-quality octopus in a light lemon-caper dressing that compliments the meat well. Very tender, absolutely delightful.

There's a lot more on the menu, and it definitely seems worth exploring. All in all, a nice addition to the neighborhood.

Here's the menu:

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