Yassou to Athena Mediterranean
Spiro Hiotis chose the perfect name for his restaurant. Athena is the virgin goddess of wisdom. Well, Spiro was wise indeed for choosing Cobble Hill for his third restaurant. The area has been in desperate need of Greek cuisine.
Last night Athena Mediterranean officially opened for business and it was quite the family affair. Spiro’s sister Helen introduced herself, showed us the space & offered us a glass of wine. We had just met, yet magically she knew the way to our hearts! The perfect start!
Although the restaurant is narrow, they handled it well. A few small black leather mini booths (very comfy!) are across from the bar. About six more booths are in the back, as well as the ‘vip’ area. This lounge section has white banquet seating with crisp blue walls, it feels like a little piece of Santorini. Although pretty and and a welcome concept, it honestly had us a little perplexed until Helen told us some fabulous news: on weekends they will be open until 4am and serving food until 1am. Aha! That explains why WKTU & Mediterranean house music were coming from the speakers! (note to Spiro: we much prefer the Mediterranean house music)
Usually the thought of Greek and open till 4am stirs up bad memories of a Long Island diner – chicken fingers, a guy with spiked hair hiccuping somewhere, pastel mints near the register. Not here. Everything was phenomenal.
It started off with a basket of warm pita & hummus. Next up:
- Horiatiki Salata – traditional dish of tomato, red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta, grape leaves, and olive oil. Fresh & light.
- Spanakopita – Obviously we had to try this. Its one of those staples – if they make a good spinach pie – you are good to go! It was an appetizer but large enough to be a dinner, with a small side of perfectly dressed mixed greens. We appreciated that the greens weren’t an after thought or garnish. It was such a good plate we ordered round 2 to take home.
- Greek Fries – these seemingly homemade fries gave Bar Tabac a run for their euro. Topped with fresh oregano, feta & olive oil. If ordered late at night, we can see these being the new Disco Fries of Smith Street.
- Rum Raisin Bread Pudding – YES PLEASE! Brought over compliments of Helen. We love you Helen <3
We can’t wait to go back, try some entrees and enjoy a long dinner. Or sit in the lounge area, do a shot of ouzo and pick on some greek fries. Or … both? ;)Athena Mediterranean Cuisine 213 Smith Street, bet. Baltic & Butler Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.625.2616