April 20, 2011

Molyvos: Greek Island Adventure


Sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece (I climbed on top of this church to take this picture...he he)
I love Greek food. My three favorite cuisines are: Thai, Mexican and Greek, but Greek is at the top of the list.  A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Greece (Santorini, Mykonos and Athens).  I enjoyed some of the best food I've ever had on this trip.  I can still remember the flavors from the souvlaki I had in Santorini; the first time I tasted stuffed tomatoes at a taverna in Mykonos; and my favorite the chocolate mousse at Nammos on the beach in Mykonos.  OK there's a million ways I can describe the food, but the bottom line it was all just YUMMY!!! 
Stuffed Tomatoes with Potatoes at a Taverna in Mykonos
Normally when I select a new cuisine for this blog I spin the globe and see where I land, but today I had a craving for Greek cuisine so I decided to change things up a bit.  A colleague had recommended Molyvos and she always has excellent recommendations so I decided to go check this place out.  Molyvos is in Midtown, on 7th Ave between 55th St & 56th St.  This place is beautiful, it has an elegant decor and the staff is very friendly.  
Lemonada at Molyvos
I started my meal with a Lemonada, which tastes a lot like limoncello; it was super refreshing although a little on the sweet side. The Lemonada is made with Ketel One Citrus & Lesvos Lemonade.  So for those of you who may not know, Molyvos is a village in the Greek Island of Lesvos.  I don't know what makes a Lesvos lemonade different from other lemonades, but it was the kind of drink I should be drinking while sitting on a beautiful island somewhere....I guess I am in an island, Manhattan island, maybe an island with more sand and less buildings.

Pita with Red Pepper dip
Next was the pita.  The restaurant provides pita and bread for the table.  The pita was nice & warm, which I loved.  Also included is a roasted red pepper and feta dipping sauce.  Not sure if they add red pepper flakes to this, but it certainly had a little heat.

Aglaias Moussaka
For my main course I went with a very traditional dish, Aglaias Moussaka.   The Moussaka is a casserole dish made with eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, minced meat with small raisins, and a layer of yogurt béchamel.  The top layer was slightly crispy, but when I dug in it was nice and gooey from the melted cheese.  The meat had a strong allspice taste, which complemented the raisins.  This dish is very filling, but definitely simply νόστιμος or nóstimos (I think that's delicious in Greek).
Bougatsa at Molyvos

Bougatsa at a Cafe in Santorini
I wrapped my dinner up with Bougatsa.  Bougatsa is a custard pastry made with Phyllo dough, semolina and lemon peel. For those familiar with the Italian Sfogiatelles, this filling has a very similar texture but that's made with semolina, ricotta and orange peel (I'll have to do a post on that soon, that's one of my favorite food items).  Back to bougatsa, it's served warm and dusted with powder sugar.    I had this for the breakfast in Santorini; that one was A LOT bigger and also powdered with cinnamon.

My Greek adventure in NYC was quite delicious, it brought back memories of all the amazing food I had in Greece.  I hope you get to go on a Greek adventure and enjoy all the wonderful food the country has to offer.  Until next time, Buen Provecho!

Molyvos
871 7th Avenue (Between 55th & 56th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.582.7500
Closest Subway Stop: 57 St-7th Ave (N,Q,R)