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It’s the freakin’ weekend! Lots of fun on tap. Helen Mirren on Broadway, Hozier in concert, Bjork at the museum, CoffeeCon… and that’s just touching the surface.


Relationships on stage plus a great Met exhibit, Greek noshes, and plenty of sports. Happy Monday!

Tastebud-melting authentic Greek food & good friends… at Kanela!


Kanela [kuh-nel-uh] is a marvelous world bringing a local, organic, and flavorful approach to a Greek-inflected American breakfast + lunch menu reflecting our heritage as well as the origin of the name, which means cinnamon in greek, and which you will find in abundance on the menu. A refreshing take on mama’s recipes and delivered to you just the same way, with love and a smile.

Our deep earth tones, vintage chandeliers, exposed brick walls and wrap- around seating have created a dapper vibe for a snazzy, yet mellow breakfast + lunch.

We use only the finest and freshest ingredients available in order to please our customers. Every kanela plate is carefully inspected to meet the highest standards and our quality expectations. We use Eggland’s Best Cage-Free Organic Eggs, Julius Meinl Coffee and support our local farms and markets. Our bars offer an elaborate menu of classic and signature cocktails made with fresh fruit and herbs. Every detail receives special attention.

Taverna Tony is Mykonos in Malibu

Skip the 16 hour flight, because Malibu’s got the beach and Taverna Tony is the perfect Greek escape. Complete with host Tony, this home-style experience feels like a pampered invite into a hillside Mykonian kitcPicture 93hen. Taverna Tony is the local secret loved by celebs, including Sienna Miller, Jessica Alba, Jerry Bruckheimer and Salma Hayek. It’s located in the trendy Malibu Country Mart where high-end shopping and dining are a common beach detour.

If feeling romantic sit outside on the exotic garden patio, or for a little more spice enjoy the live music and belly dancer inside. The perfect stop for a post beach party, bring friends because portions are plentiful and the menu needs lots of sampling. For a pair of dips, Taramosalata is a wonderful salty compliment to the earthy eggplant Melintzanosalata. Spanakopita or Tiropita are musts, because everyone loves a little fluffy filo. And Moussaka enthusiasts, this one is not to be missed.

Barbounia’s Where the Mediterranean Meets NYC

If you’re looking for an authentic Mediterranean restaurant with marvelous prices and a fantastic atmosphere, you’re only a cab ride away. Nestled in Gramercy, Barbounia allows its customers a glimpse into a Mediterranean dream. The restaurant is dimly lit and is decorated with towering pillars, ornate arches, and lavish floral arrangements.

The menu boasts many flavorful dishes from the region, specifically the countries of  Greece, Morocco, southern France and southern Italy. Such dishes include the Lamb Terracotta, which is Lamb Kebabs served with pepper chutney, pistachios, and tahini wrapped in an oven baked flat bread, and their pan-seared Yellow Fin Tuna served with creamed potatoes and vegetables. While enjoying their meal, customers can also sip on some of the many cocktails offered, including the Barbounia-tini made with fresh aloe-vera juice and foam. But that’s not all, Barbounia also offers a champagne brunch on Sunday where you can get a never ending flow of champagne cocktails for only $12!

Hand-Pick Your Own Catch of the Day at Kellari

For those who like a little interaction and personalized touch to their orders, look no further than Kellari.  At this new downtown authentic Greek restaurant, patrons take matters into their own hands with fresh seafood hand-picked and cooked to order using true Mediterranean methods.

Specializing in fresh seafood straight from the Picture 22water, Kellari features a gorgeous fresh fish display, showcasing fifteen varieties of seafood, ranging from the native seas of Greece, Spain and Portugal, to the more familiar waters of the Atlantic.

Forget you’re in DC for a bit and start off with a bottle of authentic Greek wine and a few generously-portioned “mezedes,” or Greek small plates intended for sharing.  The crispy eggplant and zucchini Kellari Chips serve for a great beginning: coated in a decadent, golden batter, fried until crisp and served with a rich tzatziki dipping sauce.

Once you’ve had a bite to eat and settled into one of the warm, inviting booths, take a trip up to the impressive fish display.  Knowledgeable servers will provide ample information on each species’ native origins, textures and flavors, and corresponding preparation methods to help you make the best decision for a memorable dining experience.  Savor your hand-picked gorgeous masterpiece, grilled whole and served simply with olive oil, fresh lemon wedges and dusted with fragrant herbs – a truly unique rustic treat, and one that will take you all the way to the Mediterranean, even if just for a night.

Toast to Taxim!

They say Mediterranean and Greek food is the healthiest cuisine there is – thank goodness! Because that allows one to gorge oneself at Taxim guilt-free, no? The thing is, Taxim in Chi-town’s hipper than hip ‘hood, Wicker Park, offers so many ga-ga worthy Greek dishes that you’re going to wish you had five stomachs.

Touted again and again by the press for its over-the-top deliciousness, each and every plate is seriously delectable. The names may give your mouth a work out, try spitting out: Sparágia me avgó pápias – young asparagus, duck egg, wood-grilled no-knead garlic bread, but your tastebuds will reap the benefits. Melt-in-your-mouth lamb, Amish chicken, mouth-watering sea bass and a whole slew of veggie options, the menu is a people pleaser.

Of course, knowing its location too, Taxim certainly doesn’t skimp on the decor. The chic interior is warm, sexy and cozy enough to cuddle up and enjoy a night cap post din-din. Opa!