South Slope hounds have been waiting for a Greek restaurant like Athena to come along. TBird proclaims it “my new ‘go to’ place” for smoky grilled octopus and lukaniko (pork sausage) appetizers, among other things.
cjd260 singles out shrimp saganaki that deftly balanced ocean sweetness and cheesy tang, and “focused more on the shrimp than the cheese,” avoiding a common pitfall. Others stand behind garlicky dips and scrumptious arni me orzo (braised lamb shank with tomato orzo and kefalograviera cheese). And pinchesm can’t shake the memory of a honey-sweetened custard dessert wrapped in phyllo: “I would eat that every night if I could, and I’m not generally big on desserts.”
A few blocks to the north—and many miles across the Mediterranean, on the menu—hounds have discovered first-rate Middle Eastern takeout at month-old Mogador Falafels. Barry Strugatz reports excellent Moroccan-style falafel, hummus, and a nicely spiced lentil soup. jen kalb recommends the baba ghanoush and zaatar bread—“see if you can get it hot and fresh,” she suggests.
Athena [Park Slope]
535 Sixth Avenue (at 14th Street), Brooklyn
Mogador Falafels [Park Slope]
671 Union Street (near Fourth Avenue), Brooklyn