You don’t have to just daydream about a trip to the European seaside. Feel like you are actually there by visiting some of the best Mediterranean restaurants the city has to offer. The next time you are craving a simple grilled fish with lemon or some charred octopus, check out our top picks for delicious Mediterranean fare.
If you are looking for an elevated Mediterranean dining experience, Picholine is it. The prix-fixe menu is French-Mediterranean inspired comfort food with a classy and sophisticated finish. Their cheese selection is superb, and the wine list holds its own. Located next to Lincoln Center, it's the perfect place to head before the opera to get you in that Mediterranean mood.
35 W. 64th St. (bet. Broadway & Central Park West)
2 The Little Owl
This cozy West Village restaurant churns out the best of Mediterranean cooking. The plates are simple and delicious, but with an elevated edge. It's no wonder you have to call way in advance to get a reservation! Don't miss their their delish baked clams and their whole fish over lobster risotto.
90 Bedford St.
Savoy is one of our favorite romantic Mediterranean spots. The ingredients are locally sourced, farm-to-table and the food is rustic and wonderful. The downstairs bar area is great for groups of friends. Head upstairs for a date, and sit by the fireplace. Don't miss their fresh, briney oysters and charred octopus with shaved fennel and kalamata olives.
70 Prince St.
It's known for its trendy crowd and scene lounge space but the main event at the Kenmare is really the food. They dish out beautiful Mediterranean inspired plates; we suggest starting with their gravy meatball slides made of beef, pork, veal and pecorino. And you can't miss their grilled swordfish with carmelized fennel.
98 Kenmare St. (bet. Lafayette & Mulberry Sts.)
5 Taverna Kyclades
Let's face it; we can't talk about Mediterranean food without tapping the best Greek food the city has to offer. And Astoria, Queens is the place to go. Taverna Kyclades is hands-down some of the most authentic Mediterranean you will find in the city. The restaurant is always packed, and always lively. The seafood is so fresh you can taste the ocean, and the menu has no bells and whistles, just straightforward Greek fare.
33-07 Ditmars Blvd.