'Mediterranean' on Serious Eats

Date Night: Convivium Osteria

We had a great table nestled near the window, tucked around the bar. Other tables offer a more communal experience, with high-backed chairs and the ebb and flow of fellow diners' conversations and gustatory issuances. Go ahead and make a reservation: you'll be glad you did. With its barefaced rusticity and evocative food, Convivium Osteria is best for: a date that feels right. More

Date Night: Bistro Lamazou

When we discovered that the family behind beloved cheese-and-sandwich shop Lamazou opened a bistro down the street, we looked forward to frilly curtains, mismatched plates, and other elements of an overstuffed, comforting vibe. After all, Lamazou is the kind of place that rounds down the price of your order, telling you to make up the difference whenever, or that takes the time to patiently explain the subtle differences between obscure cheeses, a queue out the door notwithstanding. But the newly opened Bistro Lamazou wouldn't be out of step in Las Vegas or in a 1970s acid trip. It's pretty off the hook. More

Date Night: Olea

Olea rightly calls itself a taverna. White-washed walls, turquoise trim, and seahorse motifs evoke Greece, while the embroidered pillows, metalwork, and colorful inlaid tiles around the bar say Turkey. In the evening, with candlelight gleaming along the broad-beamed ceiling, the restaurant is just plain handsome. Like the decor, dishes are mix-and-match Mediterranean. More

Bar Eats: Fifty Five

In the world of overpriced Midtown restaurant lounges, Fifty Five and its accompanying hookah lounge, Hash Fifty Five, would be just another blip in the radar. Disregarding the $30 hookahs (!) in the upstairs lounge, a few gems on the menu devised by chef Victor LaPlaca (formerly of Todd English's restaurant empire) make it worth a happy hour stop for a bite and cocktail. More

Sugar Rush: Desserts at Kefi

Greek yogurt I ended up at Kefi twice this weekend—not really on purpose, but I didn't regret it either time. Both visits, I got the same two desserts because I didn't want my fellow dinners to leave without trying... More

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