Greek Chic

A new authentic Greek seafood restaurant opens in Manhattan.

Authentic Greek Regional Seafood
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, Between 44th & 45th Streets, New York, NY

Ammos, conveniently located directly across from Grand Central Station, can serve as a destination for both the commuter and city dweller.  It is great for both those who already love Greek food, and those who are being introduced to it for the first time.  From the courteous and knowledgeable wait staff to the tasty food and wine, you’ll be pleased with your experience as a whole.

The Look: Classy atmosphere with subtle, yet detailed décor.  A great mix of traditional Greek Island and modern simplicity gives you a sense of being on the beach, while still enjoying classic elements such as dark hardwood floors and dim lighting.  Ocean blue candleholders accent every table, as beach umbrella tops ornament the ceiling.  The oceanic emphasis works as a perfect compliment to the predominantly seafood menu.       

 The Food: A seafood lover’s haven.  You can play it safe with a great variety of commonly enjoyed fish such as shrimp, lobster and calamari, or be more adventurous with slightly obscure selections such as octopus.  Although the menu’s focus is primarily seafood, choices such as the Brizola, a 16oz. grilled bone-in Rib Eye, and the Paidakia, grilled lamb chops are perfect for those who don’t share in the ‘under the sea’ enthusiasm.  Each dish on the menu is identified according to its region of origin.  Great side dishes such as spinach rice pilaf, and oven roasted potatoes, make for the perfect way to complete your entree.  Entrees average at $30 a plate and are generally oversized, being suitable for sharing.

*Recommended dish: Sardeles~Grilled Mediterranean sardines on a bed of kalamata olive and caper tapanade.

The Wine: Roughly 60 bottled white wines and 60 bottled red wines are stored in a visible, glass enclosed and temperature controlled wall unit on the second floor.  Short by-the-glass list, but if you’re not familiar with Greek wine, a glass of the Samaropetra Kir-Yannis, similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, or Agiorgitiko Biblia Chora, somewhat like a Pinot Noir, are great ways to start.  If you don’t have time for dinner there is a small but suitable bar area where you can stop in and enjoy a quick drink.  Bottled wine ranges from $30-$225 per bottle.

The Point:  If you’re into seafood and are up for a new restaurant, Ammos is a great pick.

Published on January 16, 2006