A few months ago my father and I discovered this AMAZING Greek restaurant in NYC, Dafni. It's on 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th avenues, across the street from the Port Authority. Here's their site: www.dafnitaverna.com/.
Price: $$/$$$$ ($12-20 for main course with salad and all you can eat pita bread)
Overall Experience: My first meal there consisted of a simple green salad with a lemon and dill vinaigrette and the moussaka platter with lemon potatoes. Now, I'm not much of a salad eater, especially if it's just a plain green salad but since it came with my main course I decided to try it. Wow. The salad with the vinaigrette was so clean and crisp, it practically made me feel like I was eating springtime. (Weird analogy, I know. But it's the best way to describe it.) The lemons they used were so fresh that the aroma hit me before I even took a bite. After that lovely first course, the waiter came by and asked how everything was. He took one look at the expression on my face and smiled. He quietly walked away and brought back the main course. I've had moussaka before but this one. Oh my goodness. Best moussaka ever. The béchamel sauce was so creamy and the meat was cooked perfectly. I, unfortunately, ate so much moussaka that I didn't have any room for the lemon potatoes. But my dad told me they were delicious and I would learn that from my next experiences to Dafni.
Since that first divine meal, I've visited Dafni countless times. I make sure to go there every time I go back to NYC. I order something different every time although I usually favor their grilled meats platter. There's something about all those delicious grilled meats (lamb, beef, and chicken) and wrapping them in some warm pita bread, tzatziki sauce, and cucumber red onion relish. Even my darling boyfriend couldn't say no to that. Although he's not much of a picky eater. I can continue to rave and ramble about this restaurant (trust me) until I get carpal syndrome but the best way to know is to try this restaurant yourself. It REALLY is worth it!
Oh, and if you go, ask for Gus. Tell him that Brittani and Steve sent you his way. And that Brittani misses Dafni every day that she's away in college.
Note: There will be many stories about Dafni in future posts. I thought this would be the best way to introduce it to y'all. :)