Stepping into the Upper East Side’s Korali Estiatorio, owner Gregori Politis hopes customers get a sense of the Greek island Mykonos. The space—designed by Yianni Skordas of Skordas Design Studio—features white tables and chairs shipped from Greece, stone archways and high ceilings creating an uncanny resemblance to the dining experience of the popular tourist destination.
Customers also get a taste of the Aegean with famous Greek dishes, including octopus, lamb chops with roasted lemon potatoes and a selection of spreads that are perfect with bread. Many of the ingredients (olive oil, herbs, olives and cheeses) come from Politis’ homeland.
“The people love [the authentic ingredients],” said Politis, who has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. “And all the recipes are very traditional.”
Korali (the Greek word for coral) is now mixing Greek tradition with two Manhattan favorites: brunch and prix fixe menus.
The restaurant’s new brunch menu, offered on Saturdays and Sundays, is putting a spin on some classics. There’s zucchini spinach pancakes, which include feta cheese and are topped with tzatziki (yogurt sauce with cucumber and dill), along with French toast crafted with caramelized apples, Godiva hazelnut chocolate and caramel sauce.
Egg lovers can indulge in smoked salmon Benedict with a homemade Hollandaise sauce, eggs Florentine and classic eggs Benedict, all of which are made with organic eggs from Barn Lane Farms in Roxbury, Connecticut. Pair the food with a mimosa or Bloody Mary for the ultimate brunch experience.
The brunch menu was brought on by popular demand: “This is a brunch area. The people of this area look for a [nice brunch menu]…they love it.”
The prix fixe lunch (Wednesday-Friday) and dinner menus (every night), however, are filled with Greek specialties, including fried calamari as an option for an appetizer, chicken or lamb kebab entrees and galaktoboureko (crispy phyllo dough soaked in honey and stuffed with semolina custard) for dessert. It doesn’t get more authentic than that!
Korali Estiatorio is located at 1662 3rd Avenue and East 93rd Street.