1331 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10021
Kouzina +

Chessa Cahill


  • $$
  • Dinner
  • No Parking
Comfort food is in, even if it's moussaka instead of meatloaf. The owners used to specialize in Mediterranean seafood at their old spot Trata but switched to cooking Greek home-style classics when the restaurant changed its name to Kouzina in the summer of 2010. You can now expect a much heartier menu: pasture-raised meat souvlaki, grilled Cypriot cheese served with honey, Greek sausage and meatballs served with tangy yogurt. Seafood still makes an appearance with dishes like whole branzino cooked simply with olive oil and lemon, steamed PEI mussels served in a garlic-ouzo broth and a braised seafood stew topped with a melted sheep's milk cheese. Everything on the wine and beer list is from Greece, complemented by a selection of Greek aperitifs. The restaurant remodeling job resulted in a clean, modern look, with hand-painted banquettes and hardwood floors juxtaposed against shiny metal chairs and lighting fixtures.—Keith Wagstaff


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