Friday, January 9, 2009

Elia Restaurant, Brooklyn (Bay Ridge)

Many people tend to think of Greek restaurants as casual, cheap eats types of places that often do counter service or, if not, then perhaps sitdown service in little informal dining rooms. But in New York City, there are a number of upscale and high-end Greek restaurants that go way beyond the typical chicken lemon soup, spinach pie, grape leaves, and moussaka that the more casual Greek dining spots often feature. And while many of these higher end places are in Manhattan, there are also a good amount of them in the boroughs, including Bay Ridge, which is where Elia Restaurant happens to be located.

Elia (which an acquaintance of mine who grew up in Brooklyn pointed out to me, by the way) has a cozy, warm, old-world atmosphere to it, with archways, hanging lights and sconces, and wooden floors adding lots of character to the place. (There is also an outdoor patio for the warmer months.) The menu at Elia features such exotic dishes as braised clay pot baked shrimp, lamb ravioli, and rabbit stew, with prices for entrees being mostly in the $20 to $35 range. There are also a number of interesting appetizers (including baby octupus salad) and desserts (including hand-pressed Greek yogurt).

If you have been to Elia Restaurant in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, please tell us about it by posting a comment here. Thank you!

Here is the address for Elia Restaurant:
Elia Restaurant
8611 Third Avenue
Brooklyn (Bay Ridge), NY, 11209

The phone number is:
(718) 748-9891

And here is the Web site for Elia:

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