As many of you know, I have commented on various Greek restaurants in Westchester in the past. While my opinion on those hasn't changed, I want to alert you to a very good new one:
Santorini -- Sleepy Hollow, NY (175 Valley St.) 914-631-4300. Turn onto Beekman from Route 9, left at the first light, follow the road down into the "Valley" past the car wash.
The restaurant just opened, and I would rank it as one of the best in the area -- Greek or otherwise (better than, for example, Lefteris in Tarrytown -- which, BTW, isn't all that bad, as a matter of fact, it's quite good). The location leaves something to be desired (it's way off the beaten track and a bit hard to find), but the place is so good, it's worth the effort.
The decor is very nice, the hygiene exceptional, and the service friendly and accommodating. The chef(s) are actually Greek, as are most of the folks working there. Parking is on the street, immediately after the restaurant proper, which is on the right side of the one way street.
Pricing is, I think very, very reasonable, and seems a bit less than the other places. Certainly the portions are generous.
Some thoughts (all in comparison to the usually available fare):
1. Taramosalata: This was a hit! Most places these days serve a creamy style, with very little of what the dish is actually supposed to contain, fish eggs. They're not even shy about hiding where it comes from -- big plastic tubs clearly labeled "Taramosalata" from a factory in Astoria, Queens. Look up, the next time you're at Lefteris. ;)
However, the appetizer here is clearly homemade -- you can actually see (and taste) the caviar, and the minced onions mixed in aren't bad either (nor are they overwhelming). Much more flavorful than the more generic cream "dip" from the other place(s). Probably some of the best I've had.
2. Dolmadakia: Again, better than most. stuffed, crisp, with a filling that's not been overcooked. Clearly home made. If you like your rice al dente (as opposed to mush), you'll enjoy these.
3. Avgolemono: One of my favorites, and something that often resembles Campbell's Chicken with lemon added. This soup is different. Creamy. Lemony. Chunky. With a delicious addition of orzo to add body. Fabulous.
4. The "Zeus" combo appetizer: The traditional Greek staples of Moussaka, Pastisio, Spanakopita and a generous slicing of Gyro meat. With a side of pita. All absolutely delicious -- while listed as an appetizer, it's a meal in itself.
I'm usually not a fan of these Greek staples, but thought we'd try them as a measure of the place. For example, the pastisio isn't just your basic "macaroni and cheese" -- this one is nicely flavored, and the noodles (seem) to be home-made, and not out of a box. Give it a try.
5. Lamb Souvlaki Platter: Very tender lamb, nicely grilled, as good as it gets.
The desserts were also uniformly good, and complete the meal perfectly.
All in all, the food had a delicious and custom-made flavor to it (I don't want to say "home-made" because, besides being trite, it deserves better than that moniker).
Definitely worth a try, a bit off the beaten Route 9 path, but worth the drive. Make the effort to find it, you won't be disappointed.
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