Written by Salvatore DiBenedetto [@TheGrubfather]
Greek food is among my favorite cuisine. So much so that I planned an entire trip to Greece just to explore the cuisine’s roots (we’ll get to that another day). I had been hearing wonderful things coming from Syosset’s Platia and decided to give it a go!
The first thing to note about the restaurant is that it has its own parking lot making for a very convenient parking situation. With meters and increased street parking volume becoming an obstacle while dining out, Platia alleviates that stress right off the bat.
Upon entering, I was really impressed with the vibe and decor of the space. It’s almost as if you’re transported right into Greece through sweeping blue and white cloth, an olive tree which serves as a focal point to the restaurant and a staff whose heritage is clearly from where the food is derived. It was clear authenticity was a priority here – now I had to see how this translated into the food.
In Greek, Platia means the center of the town where feasts and celebrations all took place. The ambiance evokes a festive spirit Needless to say, I was far from disappointed. From appetizer to entree to dessert, Platia delivered on serving up high quality Greek food. I found myself rapidly devouring their hot pita into dips like fresh hummus, melitzanosalata (a creamy, eggplant based dip) and taramasalata (an indulgent blend of salmon roe & cream cheese that had the perfect hint of the sea).
But perhaps most importantly of all the appetizers at Platia is the Feta me Meli. If flavors like feta, fig, honey and sesame seeds are up your alley than this recipe is a must-try. Baked in a phyllo dough, the warm appetizer brings savory and salty notes into perfect unison. You won’t know whether you’ve just had the best appetizer or dessert of your life and either way, it’s unforgettable.
Diving into entrees I got to see Platia’s land and sea offerings. The Lavraki was a char-grilled Mediterranean whole bronzini which came decked out with lemon-olive oil sauce. The fish was meaty, tender, carved well and worked incredible with the accompanying flavors. I was intrigued at their other selections of seafood offerings, they each sounded unique yet rooted in traditional Greek flavor.
And of course I couldn’t leave a Greek restaurant without trying their rendition of the lamb. Plato’s Paidakia stole the show with a excellent cook that brought out the flavor of the lamb and preserving its natural tenderness. Meat lovers will appreciate the menu as it’s also stocked with dishes such as roasted chicken, dry-aged rib-eye, pork chop and skirt steak – all of which are influenced by Greek cuisine in some way.
Winding the meal down we sunk into espresso and traditional Greek yogurt dressed up with sour cherries, walnuts and honey. It was the perfect way to end a meal that truly captured the essence of Greek dining (I’m currently here in the country and impressed thinking back to Platia’s authenticity).
With its aesthetic decor, lively menus and traditional flavors, Platia is an ideal choice for a night of drinks, quality food and stellar vibes. It’s also a great place to dive a little bit deeper into Greek cuisine outside of gyros and spanakopita (though they do have both). Put it on your hit list for this Summer and let us know what you think!
4 Berry Hill Rd, Syosset, NY 11791, USA