TGI Fry-Day: Kolokithokeftedes (Zucchini Pancakes) at Yefsi

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[Photograph: Jessie Pascoe]

Let's be honest: Yorkville isn't really known for its culinary offerings. But if more restaurants like Yefsi come around, that might change. Open just for dinner, Yefsi offers a variety of Greek dishes prepared by chef/owner Christos Christou. Traditional items like Horiatiki ($12), Paidakia ($28), Tsipoura ($22) and various Souvlaki dot the menu, though just a taste of some their mezedes will make anyone an instant Yefsi fan.

One that's not to be missed is their Kolokithokeftedes ($8). Essentially zucchini croquettes, these little cakes are a tasty blend of kefalograviera cheese (which is often used in Saganaki, another Greek fried dish) and plenty of herbs (the enticing smell of dill wafts up from the plate) all topped on some tangy caper-yogurt sauce. The cheese melts into the herbs, which impart heady, savory flavors on to the shredded zucchini. These little pancakes are rich, but the yogurt dip adds plenty of light contrast.

This dish could be shared—especially since other items on the menu run fairly large—but the fritters are so darn good that you might just want to spoil yourself and order a plate for one.


1481 York Ave, New York, NY 10075 (map)

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