The Weekly Whisk - 8/5/19
Musings from a foodie…
In recent years, I’ve become a fan of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods of various styles – especially Greek and Iranian. I’m always on the hunt for good places that offer true-to-form style cooking. Well, I found one in New York City. Head to Limani [* * * * * ] the next time you are in the Big Apple. While it’s a bit on the expensive side, the food is Greek, the cooks are Greek, the waiters are Greek and the ambiance is Greek. It’s a fine establishment and a worthy destination on any foodie’s checklist.
We decided to go with a family style dinner which they very nicely adapted from the menu. The dinner started with a bang when we order the octopoli (octopus) which was the best I’ve had in the states. In fact, this was one of the best octopus I’ve had across the lands. Not only was it cooked to perfection but the aging was also exceptional. The Saganaki was equally outstanding. Then, came the Greek salad which had the only ding of the evening and, it wasn’t the salad, but the tomatoes that were disappointing. The reason? They were American tomatoes – you know, those bright red, harddddddd (ready-to-ship-across-the-country tomatoes). They were acceptable but not garden quality tomatoes. The Horta was OK although I’m not a big fan except for the spinach portion and the asparagus was cooked to perfection. The Dorado was the main entree and, again, was cooked to perfection with an olive oil/lemon sauce. Finally, what Greek dinner is not complete without Greek yoghurt, walnuts and honey (from Kythera where the bees suckle on thyme instead of clover). It was fabulous.
So, if you’re in the mood for a wonderful dinner with equally wonderful ambiance – head to Limani – 45 Rockefeller Plaza (near Radio City Music Hall on 51st) – New York – (212) 858-9200 – www.limani.com. Enjoy!!