A friend and I were wandering around the West Village looking for a dinner spot and came across Snack Taverna. Serendipity!
The room is kind of loud and small, so I would not recommend for dates. But for a friendly dinner, just fine. This restaurant also has the tiniest bathrooms I have ever seen. It's a clean and pleasant room, though.
But now for the bright spot - the food! First of all, the restaurant serves fabulous complementary olives - many different sorts, meaty, very salty. They even bring over a little olive dish! Wonderful!
To start, we had a bunch of mezzes and small plates. The taramasalata had an odd hummus-y taste to it, but it was fine; the pita served with it was fresh and divine. The dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) was actually one very large, very lemony, very tasty stuffed grape leaf. The greek salad (horiatiki) was sublime. Every ingredient crackled with freshness and yumminess. I got the small size, but for a light lunch, I would happily get the large size. Finally, we got a shrimp/calamari appetizer (a bit pricey at 11 dollars) which was great. The calamari was extremely tiny and tender, as were the shrimp. Served on a bed of what I think were shredded pickled beets.
We also split a main course, the lamb shoulder, which was tasty and rich, though judging from their dab hand with the fish app I would get fish next time.
Desserts were good - a very creamy rice pudding (ordered and adored by my rice pudding-loving friend) with a trace of sour cranberry, and some very rich, lovely figs poached in wine with manouri cheese and pistachio. Neither dessert was very sweet, which I like. I also had a glass of dessert wine from Cyprus, which tasted like a very young, caramel-y port.
The wine list is all Greek.
Entrees were all about 19-20 dollars. Mezze were 6, with appetizers ranging from 7-11. Everything tasted very fresh and carefully prepared to me. I think it might also be a decent place to go with an Atkins type, as it is very easy to avoid bread and rice if one wishes.
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