One of the things that many individuals enjoy about New York is that it has a wealth of restaurants with many different types of cuisine to choose from. One cuisine that I find myself enjoying more and more is Mediterranean. It’s healthy, has an emphasis on fresh ingredients and is becoming more common. Read on to find out about three restaurants with a Mediterranean flair that I particularly enjoy.
The things that all three restaurants have in common is that they are all easy to get to as they are all located along the number one train line, they accept all major credit cards and they provide great, filling food at reasonable prices.
The first restaurant is Amir’s which is located in Morningside Heights not very far away from Columbia University. The food at Amir’s is tasty and the staff is friendly and efficient. Amir’s is a great place to go when you want to grab a quick bite to eat. My favorite dish has always been the rice and meat platter in which I choose chicken as the meat. The rice is always light and fluffy with a slight lemony flavor. Although diners are able to eat in, the restaurant is small, so on a nice day getting a meal to go and eating in the vicinity of Columbia’s campus might be the way to go.
Amir’s is located at 2911 Broadway between 112th and 113th streets and is open everyday from 11 am until 11 pm. There are no reservations accepted, but you can contact them at (212) 749 – 7500.
Bodrum is another one of my favorites. It has indoor and outdoor seating and has a brick oven fireplace in which the tastiest pizzas are made (the Margherita with mozzarella cheese and basil is particularly good). The wait staff is very attentive and the atmosphere is nice and calm. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes although I’m partial to the chicken baharat which is a season chicken breast that is pounded thin and served with a garden salad and delicately flavored rice.
Bodrum is located at 584 Amsterdam Avenue between 88th and 89th streets. It’s open everyday at 11:30 am and closes at 10:00 pm on Sunday through Tuesday and 11:00 from Wednesday through Saturday. You can reach Bodrum at (212) 799 – 2806.
The last restaurant that this article will discuss is Symposium, which is also located in Morningside Heights not very far away from Columbia University. Upon entering, you immediately feel like a member of the family. The portions are plentiful and you will not leave hungry. The ½ roasted chicken (my dish of choice) is seasoned superbly and is tender and juicy. One of Symposium’s most interesting features (which you would never guess from looking at its small entrance) is the garden which provides access to nature via live trees, but protection from the elements.
Symposium is located at 544 W. 113th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues. It is open everyday from 12 pm until 11 pm and can be reached at (212) 865 – 1011.
So the next time you’re in Manhattan and have a desire for good Mediterranean cooking, make sure that you head uptown and you won’t be disappointed!