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“Well above your average Greek restaurant”
Review of Boukies

Ranked #7,558 of 14,144 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: East Village
Description: It Just Opened Last Week
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Joined three colleagues here for a satisfying early-evening dinner. Even though restaurant quickly filled up and is a relatively open plan, it wasn't too noisy and conversation was easy - something that is important in this context. The food itself was generally very good, the grilled marinated octopus (Psito Ktapodaki) and short ribs (Stifado me Hontra Paidakia) standing out most clearly. The shrimp with roasted red peppers was less successful being too cold (Garides Psites, Saltsa Piperiou), and the pulled lamb in pitta-like pockets (Thrimatismeno Arni se Pita) was less aromatic than I would have hoped. They have a decent selection of draft beers and we purchased a couple of bottles of a very nice Greek white blend (Mercouri Foloi (Roditis/ Viognier) 2011). The staff were attentive but at points a little difficult to communicate with - my sense was that our waiter had not been at this job that long. I've not been to Pylos, to which this new Greek-style restaurant is routinely compared, but feel tempted now given this good experience.

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Being a lover of Greek food I was delighted when I saw Boukies on the corner of 2nd St & 2nd Ave replacing Heartbreak. And I went the following Sunday late afternoon w a friend and got a table outside (i'm big on al'fresco). We had the taramosalata (caviar dip), the spinach pies, the grilled octopus, the seafood and potato salad, the pulled lamb sandwiches, the grilled fresh sardines and a bottle of white wine. All were very good except that I thought there could have been more octopus and thought the pulled lamb was a little dry. The waiter was very helpful with the wine list and attentive

I returned a month later on a Tuesday on a whim...I wanted to try their lamb chops. I saw that there was one table open outside and asked who I presumed to be the manager if I could get that table. He said no, the table is reserved. Ah too bad, I said I love sitting outside. He offered me a seat inside and I asked if he know if any of the outside tables were finishing up soon and he said no.

So I took a table as near to the outside as I could.. Due to my walking disability (I use a cane) , I asked the manager if he could exchange the seat on the inside table which had no arm rests w/ a chair w arm rests (this helps me to raise out of my chair w/o help) that a couple outside on the sidewalk were using for their shopping bags. I got a bit of an arguement and I insisted by explaining my disability. Finally he exchanged them.

I sat down and starting talking to the waitress about a red wine that might be ok w both fish and meat; she offered to give me a sample taste and it was quite good. I ordered and as I waited, I caught the eye of the waiter outside as he was handing the bill to a table; he was the same waiter that had served me my first time and he welcomed me back.

I thought to myself..if the manager had asked the waiter who would be finishing up soon, I could have waited and gotten a table outside. Oh well!!

This time I ordered anchovies w red pepper,beet salad, the taramosalata and the lamb chop entree...all were wonderful and the portions large.

I will definitely be going back but I will make sure taht I talk to the witer/waitress first rather than the manager

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Reviewed April 27, 2012

Mixed feelings...The food is quite good, albeit not up to par with Boukies' excellent older sibling, Pylos. The potato and seafood salad is excellent, and the grilled sea bass was divine. The grilled octopus, on the other hand, was uninspired and tasteless...In contrast to the good (if not great) menu, the staff is clearly not ready for prime time. Our waitress, while pleasant, was completely overwhelmed by any requests. And the rest of the waitstaff was constantly (and somewhat frantically) trying to figure out things near the kitchen. Which leads into my last point--do not, I repeat, do NOT, allow yourself to be seated near the kitchen-- truly my least favorite dining seat of the last year (out of over 100 meals out in Manhattan).

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Reviewed October 26, 2013
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