Dish No. 66: Whole Grilled Striped Bass at Okeanos
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Today's pick: Whole grilled striped bass with two sides ($23) at Okeanos (314 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn).
Skip the more elaborate stuff at Okeanos, and stick to the simple Greek dishes, foremost among them the whole grilled fish. The sardines are a great choice, but so is the pearly fleshed striped bass, which is in season now.
It arrives at the table slightly charred, giving off an herb-scented steam -- rosemary and fresh bay leaves are stuffed in the belly. Pull the moist meat gently off the bone and add a squeeze of lemon. The friendly young waitress, who seems to have been pulled from Mystic Pizza, might chat you up about her father's boat, and how she'll eat striped bass for breakfast, lunch, and dinner after he goes out fishing.
You have your pick of two sides -- one night garlic green beans were the vegetable of the day, and they proved to be pungent and delicious. Otherwise, order the bitter-edged, sautéed dandelion greens. Lemon potatoes add their olive-oil-slicked heft.
Though $23 for a one-and-a-quarter pound fish, plus sides, might not seem a bargain, two people can easily make a meal of it, especially with the addition of an appetizer. The small, 200-milliliter bottle of chilled ouzo will also easily keep two people happy for $10.
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