by Susan on February 12, 2008

It is fitting that an eatery called Snack should find its way into the Small Bites section of this blog. But don’t be fooled. The name Snack relates much more to the size of this miniscule Greek restaurant (it has less than a dozen seats), rather than its hearty and scrumptious dishes. No matter what your Mediterranean craving, Snack will surely satisfy it with balanced dishes that flaunt delicate, yet wondrous flavors.

A vibrant mix of crisp cucumber and ripe tomato are mixed with feta cheese and slivers of red onion to form Snack’s refreshing Greek Salad. You can order it solo, or be excited to learn it comes as a side to many of the larger dishes.

Subtle spices, tomato, roasted pepper and arugula adorn the Lamb Sandwich. Juices from the braised pieces of succulent lamb are soaked up by the sandwich’s ciabatta roll, but you’ll be hard-pressed not to sop up every last drop of liquid that escapes to your plate. You’ll be left thinking about the sandwich’s magical flavor and appealing aromatics until your newfound addiction has you returning quicker than you imagined.

The Pastitsio, with its layers of ground beef, small macaroni pasta, and béchamel sauce is a favorite of many, though I prefer the Vegetarian Mousaka. (Considering I almost always opt for the meat dish, this preference is a statement in itself.) The beautifully textured Mousaka, a strata of eggplant, mushrooms, and silky béchamel sauce, is decadent but not too heavy.

Filo-wrapped Savory Pies are offered with a variety of fillings, including the mainstays of cheese and spinach. The Chicken Boureki, stuffed with tender chicken, feta cheese, and mushrooms is the most substantial of the group.

While I prefer to frequent this SoHo joint for lunch, the dinner menu warrants an evening visit. At lunch, the tables turn relatively quickly and I’ve never waited more than 15 minutes for a seat. If you’re hard-pressed for time, they also offer take-out and delivery. Hint: Snack has a larger, sister restaurant called Snack Taverna that is located in the West Village.

105 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-1040

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