In the site of the old Ethiopian restaurant on 77th and Broadway, a new restaurant has emerged. Aias has been open for less than a week. The upper level looks like a classic taverna; downstairs, a lovely and open bar area.
A friend and I went for a snack last night. We had a beet salad and a lovely charred octopus appetizer.
Not enough info to judge the restaurant's quality, but it's a promising space with eager and friendly service.