Even with their sights set on eternal glory, the well-greaved Achaeans besieging Troy had to break for dinner. Today's Groupon brings bounteous Hellenic fare across the wine-dark sea and straight into your mouth, the skilled breaker of horses. For $20, you get $45 worth of Greek fare, drinks, and entertainment from Taverna Plaka.
Plaka's authentic Greek offerings and libations—prepared according to owner Stelios Kyriacou's family recipes¬—are just part of the fun. Every night the taverna transforms into a veritable Greek wedding celebration, complete with flying napkins, a dancing wait staff, belly dancers, and plate smashing to save on washing time.
Lounge around the enormous outdoor patio and get noshing on small, sharable meze such as tzatziki ($5), stuffed grape leaves ($5), skewers of souvlaki kebab ($6), and tableside ignited halloumi or kefalograviera saganaki ($8). No Greek meal is complete without the simple horiatiki, country salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, and kalamata olives ($5), or a heaping plate of béchamel moussaka ($14). There's also a distinctly American rib eye for your consideration ($20) and a gyro plate of shaved roasted lamb ($13).
After 10 p.m. the taverna is filled with fresh-spun live DJ tunes and generous glasses of ouzo. Diners are invited to join in dancing and celebrations, or simply sit and nibble savory desserts such as syrupy baklava ($5) and galaktoboureko, custard-stuffed filo pastry ($5). The large, unadorned communal tables make an excellent party spot for large groups celebrating birthdays, the last night of bachelorettedom, or bar-hopping bar mitzvahs.
- We thoroughly enjoyed food. The belly dancer and many of diners doing a Greek dance made this a really good dinner with a fun atmosphere. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 05/09/2010
- ...this place is awesome- took a date here and it was really good food (you make the hummus at the table!) and the belly dancing was sweet (good distraction/fun for a 1st date) – JasonPatlfoodie, Citysearch
- They have excellent Saganaki (flaming cheese) which is the greatest appetizer ever created. Order it. You will NOT be disappointed. – J.D., Yelp
Long after dinner hours, guests at Taverna Plaka may feel as though they've stumbled into a Greek wedding party. Ouzo and wine flow as belly dancers swivel to Mediterranean techno spun by a DJ on the outdoor patio. Meanwhile, staffers lead revelers in throwing napkins, breaking plates, and cheering Greek chants. These festivities align with the restaurant's name, which pays homage to the ancient Plaka neighborhood in Athens, which, according to mythology, was the earthly place where gods once drank, danced, and exchanged balloon animals with mortals.
Proprietor Stelios Kyriacou's menus are equally authentic, anchored in old family recipes. Tzatziki, hummus, and eggplant spreads complement orders of horiatiki salad, lamb kabobs, and grilled salmon with lemon potatoes and spinach, as do specialty beverages such as the Greek Crush—a blend of Level vodka, blue curacao, and pineapple juice. Servers ferry flavors across stone-tiled floors between exposed brick walls and a bar backed by rows of Mediterranean spirits and neoclassical columns.
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