On the strength of Dave Feldman's recommendation, we had dinner last night at Thias. In summary, it was terrific. The food was excellent and the service sweet and competent.
This place is not easy to find, and you are not likely to just stroll by. It is on W.77th, just around the corner from Columbus.
It is a Greek fish restaurant. There are a couple of nonfish entrees, but not many.
The fish are whole fish, to be picked out by the customer, if he so chooses. We ordered Dover Sole, and let the waiter do the picking.
You have to be prepared to eat family style. The appetizers, fish, and side dishes are too large for any but the most gargantuan appetite.
In addition to the sole, we ordered a salad and grilled octopus to begin. The salad was a mix of red and yellow tomatoes, green pepper, onion, and feta, with an excellent dressing. The octopus was perfectly grilled, served on a bed of thinly sliced onions, and dressed with a red wine vinaigrette. With the sole, we had an order of lemon-roasted potatoes, overcooked in the Greek way, but deliciously lemony - perfect with the sole.
The sole itself was cooked to perfection, served on the bone with lemon and capers.
For dessert, Dick ordered galactoboureko. What arrived was the galalctoboureko, plus fried dough doused with honey and powdered sugar, plus fresh fruit.
All of this, plus two glasses of wine, a beer and a Greek coffee came to $90 before tip. It should be noted that the Dover Sole is perhaps the most expensive fish on the menu. It should also be noted that we could have skipped one of the appetizers and had plenty of food.
Since Dick was nursing a cold, we arrived a bit early, slightly before 7. Only 2 or 3 tables were occupied. When we left, the situation was a bit better, but not much. It would be a pity if this place did not make it. It is such a good addition to the UWS restaurant scene.