Friday, January 3, 2014

Casual Greek Fare at Faros in Park Slope

Afroditi salad with figs, dried cranberries, and fried halloumi cheese at Faros in Park Slope.
There are few great restaurants in Park Slope. Happily, there are some solid neighborhood standbys offering satisfying meals that do the trick on a casual Friday evening.

Among those fine establishments is Faros, which offers Greek specialties in a relaxed atmosphere with a warm fireplace and good people watching on 7th Avenue. The menu offers everything you would expect to find at a neighborhood Greek restaurant: tzatziki, spanakopita, various other meze (make some of ours!), fresh fish, octopus, and grilled lamb chops. Most dishes are competent, some are very good, and all are served at affordable prices.

Grilled whole red snapper with lemon and olive oil
One of my favorites is a surprising salad called Afroditi, which offers a wonderful combination of flavors and textures: crisp-tender mixed greens, sweet chewy figs, tart dried cranberries, and firm salty fried halloumi cheese, all tied together with a light vinaigrette. Like paneer, halloumi holds its shape and texture when cooked, giving the salad a nice warmth and bite.

I can never resist the whole fish, grilled simply with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, parsley, and capers. Whole red snapper arrives nice and delicate with a mild sweetness. The greens on the plate are uninteresting, so I suggest a side of lemon roasted potatoes or Greek-style fries. The staff is happy to debone and butterfly the fish for you or leave it whole.

You'll be tempted to end the meal with a slice of baklava, but instead try the galaktoboureko, a semolina-based custard baked in crisp filo dough and soaked in a honey spiced syrup. You'll have the opportunity to pronounce the funny name and be rewarded with an excellent traditional dessert.

Faros Estiatorio
84 7th Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11217
Tel.: (718) 623-2767

Recommended dishes: Tzatziki ($7), Afroditi salad ($14), avgolemono soup ($7), zucchini with garlic potato puree ($10), whole fish (MP).


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