Just a block or two from the Empire State Building is a new Greek restaurant called Meli. The evening I dined there it was nearly empty, but I’m sure as word gets out that will change. I would describe Meli as upscale Greek with a twist and that extends to both the decor as well as the menu. The main dining room is bright with high ceilings, an impressive chandelier and large dramatic images of Greece.
The plates include all the ingredients you expect in Greek food but the menu has a very modern take on the cuisine. A good example would be the starter, Grilled Eggplant Gazpacho. Although the gazpacho and much of the menu was appealing, I stuck with some traditional choices and walked away very satisfied.
I started my dinner with the beet salad. The roasted beets encircled a cool creamy feta and garlic spread with crushed almonds. It was a delicious and filling way to start dinner, and something I could order over and over again. As I was finishing my salad, I was brought an incredibly hot mousaka. Meli does not use eggplant and zucchini in their recipe rather they include artichoke hearts, which gives a subtle flavoring that is very agreeable with the ground beef and potatoes.