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Posted by Jojo on 01/04/2006
I went based solely on the reviews here at MenuPages. Perhaps I hit them on a bad day but I was not at all impressed. First of all we came in for an early dinner about 7:00pm and were the first people in the restaurant. We were seated promptly but, with no-one else in the restaurant, it still took them about 10 to 15 mins to take our order. The food came quickly enough but was more or less dumped on the table as the waiter was on his way to greet another guest. My husband had to practically tackle the waiter to get dessert menus and when we were ready to order the dessert the waiter stood over by the bar doing nothing and ignoring us. My husband's expression must have said it all because when we refused any dessert the waiter brought us something on the house. Then yet another 10 minute wait to get the bill. So although the food was okay the whole experience was not satisfying and certainly not worth the money.
Posted by Danielle on 12/11/2005
Ethos was recommended by a friend who knew I only go to the best restaurants and would not chance it with me. And she was right, Ethos is the best finding this year for casual dinning with an ethnic flavor. The food is authentically Greek with a refined touch to it. Everything we ordered was finger licking good. The cheese platter and the appetizers are very generous and we ordered an assortment of them to shared, all were delicious. The grilled fish was so fresh and so perfectly cooked I felt, I just had to close my eyes to be back on my Greek vacation. The baklava is so good I could not resist and the Greek coffee was sweet as ordered. The atmosphere has a nice warm, homey feel and the manager did everything to accommodate our requests. Since then, I have been back many times and tried other dishes,the Lamb dishes and the salads and enjoyed every time the experience. I now take my friends there and tell everyone who is looking for authentic well priced Greek food in the city to go there. It is the best Greek restaurant in Manhattan...and I tried them all.
Posted by LErin26 on 12/05/2005
Ate here Saturday night around 9pm with no reservation needed. We started with the Spanakopita which was excellent. Flaky phyllo dough outside and moist spinach and cheese inside. Being a vegetarian they did not have an entree for me but I had the Manataria Saganaki and the Hovoli Metsovo salad. The portobello was excellent with the grilled cheese and sauce. My salad was also very good, but someone had a heavy hand with the olive oil. Almost too much to be edible. My boyfriend ordered the lamb kabob . He said it was grilled the way he ordered it, was moist and tender, but he could have cooked it the same at home. We sat for quite a while with two empty water glasses, which was unacceptable. Also, a woman at a nearby table had a scarf on the back of her chair that had fallen to the floor. No one bothered to pick it up. My boyfriend had to tell the woman it was on the floor. For dessert we shared baklava which was devine. Over all the food was good, but the service was under par.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2005
I read many reviews in order to find the perfect restaurant for 6 adults. Ethos was wonderful and we would all go back again. The food was excellent, but the portions were almost too big. Split a salad! All the lamb was perfect. The restaurant is small, but well decorated. Our server never smiled, but he made sure we didn't wait long for anything. I got a res. for 7:30 on the day of, but the place filled up FAST and there were people waiting when we left. Good sign. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Greek for and/or seafood. The salads alone would make an excellent meal. Thank you to all menupages.com posters who recommended this place.
Posted by NYC Foodie on 11/13/2005
I must confess this to be my favorite greek restaurant in all of NYC. While I enjoy Molyvos and Milos uptown, as well as Peryali in flatiron, Ethos is hands down my favorite. Ethos has a very cozy, yet still trendy decor and what the waitstaff lacks, the food more than makes up for. After a trip to Greece my husband and I were craving authentic greek food and Ethos did not disappoint. All there spreads are amazing; the perfect flavor and consistency. The Kalamari Sta Karvona was a pleasant suprise. I had never cared much for calamari that was not fried, but Ethos changed my mind. I also strongly recommend the gigantees. The fish is always fresh and well prepared. The chicken with orzo and feta has become a staple in the rotation. I have taken all my friends here and everyone is in agreement: Ethos is a MUST for anyone who loves authentic greek food.
Posted by Lisa D, SI. NY on 08/26/2005
It was a beautiful night and we were lucky enough to get a table by the window. Atmosphere was great, nicely decorated and very clean. We ordered the spread sampler which was ok. I had the swordfish, scallop and shrimp kabob and it was absolutely awesome. My girlfriend had the Spanokopita (awesome) and a salad (not sure of the name). We really enjoyed this dinner. The service left a little to be desired, our waiter never refilled our bread (hard to eat spreads without bread) and just gave us the check without offering dessert. We were full, but it would of been nice to have been asked. Try Ethos... WELL WORTH IT!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2005
The food here is solid - a nice local Greek restaurant. And their seafood is always fresh! I always order the Grilled Calamari. Only on one occasion was I disappointed, when their calamari was way too tough and overcooked. But otherwise, a great, homey restaurant perfect for taking your parents to!