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Athena Smith Street

Elaine Snutteplutten | Sep 14, 2010 08:24 PM

I was pretty excited to have Greek in the neighborhood, rather than ANOTHER Locavore American or so-so Italian or terrible Thai, and even more so when I read good reviews of this place's affiliates in Bay Ridge and the Slope.

However... the decor is bizarre but in an over the top way I can deal with (I guess) -- greek busts and friezes looming from the walls, competing with 2 huge flat screen tv's showing CNBC, purply lighting, a velvet rope outside, pounding pop music and a swirling light projection on the sidewalk of the restaurant's name and you guessed it... the Acropolis.

Stopped in after work tonight for a quick bite.

They didn't have the octopus (waitress seemed suprised I ordered it), so I switched to a tried and true standby -- horiatiki aka Greek tomato salad. The tomatos were waxen mealy mush -- which is pretty unforgivable this time of year, ditto the cucumbers, the cubes of feta were rubbery and lacked flavor, and the whole thing was covered in a slimy sweet balsamic dressing, which is not what you look for in a Greek salad.

Somewhat discouraged, I moved on to the spanakopita -- this was a big flavorless mushy square and pretty much seemed like the diner standard, which I have always assumed is bought frozen from some central food supply warehouse.

Service was friendly, and I'd like them to suceed -- so I'll probably try it again when they've been open more than a week, but based on tonight there's a LONG way to go.

Curious to know if others have tried it, and if they have found better menu items to order -- my choices were very boring -- but I thought I'd try the basics before branching out to fish specialties...Now, not so sure I'd dare.

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