I recently went to Nisi Estiatorio in the West Village. This spot serves some incredible Greek cuisine that’s modern and authentic. They use the best ingredients here and source only the best seafood, which you can absolutely taste in every bite!
I went in with every intention to order a great glass of Greek wine to pair with the many dishes I wanted to try. The second I saw the menu however, I went straight for the Red Wine Cinnamon Sangria. It was a chilly night in NYC and this sangria was absolutely perfect and put me right in the holiday spirit. The Spanokopita was the first thing I ordered, and it’s a great starter. Honestly, this dish here is one of the best Spanokopita’s I have had in NYC and ever in my life, and I would go back just for this. It’s quite large and made with fresh spinach, scallions, leeks, dill, and feta cheese, wrapped in handmade phyllo dough. Alongside the Spanokopita I also decided to try the Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, branzino, and tomatoes cooked in fresh citrus juices and served with avocado.
Nisi is such a beautiful restaurant, tastefully well lit with just the right amount of decor and color. There is a pop of pretty blue everywhere you look that’s not overwhelming but definitely makes you feel a bit like you are not in NYC and could maybe “be in Greece”. Given that this is a Greek Seafood spot, I had to not only try the Greek Salad (I just can’t resist them) but also dove straight into the Seafood Fettuccini with shrimp, mussels, grouper, grape tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese. This pasta dish is so good, has plenty of seafood, and is perfect for sharing. Why share? Because the Lamb Chops are also a must order! These chops are served with lemon potatoes and absolutely hit the spot if you’re a lamb lover!
Again, with all my courses I just could not resist the cocktails; they’re so creative here! After my sangria, I ordered a Bloody Bourbon, which is out of this world, delicious. If you like bourbon, citrus, and something that’ll get your palate going… this is the cocktail! If you’re more of a margarita fan, however, I did have the pleasure of also trying the Margaritaki, made with Patron tequila, lime juice, agave and a sea salt rim.
After all these dishes I was full but knew after looking at the dessert menu, I had to get something. Well, one thing turned into two (of course) and the server insisted both the Greek Yogurt Mousse and Galaktoboureko were a must order. They are both delicious and if you find you have room for something sweet at the end of your dinner, I absolutely recommend them.
If you find yourself craving fantastic Greek Seafood and Greek Cuisine, then head over to Nisi Estiatorio on Bleecker street. It’s the perfect NYC spot for great food, atmosphere, service, and more. This West Village restaurant and bar is not one to miss!