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Best Greek Restaurants in Manhattan

New York City is known to have a sizable Greek American population, so it comes as no surprise that Greek restaurants abound in the Big Apple. From a classic, fresh Greek salad to a hearty piece of spanakopita to a sweet piece of baklava, Greek cuisine is scrumptious. Here are two picks for delicious Mediterranean dining in Manhattan. Molyvos Located at: 871 7th Avenue, New York Phone: 212-582-7500 Molyvos takes the typical (casual) Greek restaurant and kicks it up a few notches. The result is a sophisticated dining experience that includes cloth napkins, elegant table settings and soft lighting. And its location couldn't be better. Just steps away from Carnegie Hall, Molyvos makes an ideal post-concert dining choice. Wine lovers will be impressed with Molyvos' massive wine selection, which boasts more than 400 wines representing more than 50 wineries from Greece. And if you hunger for Greek during the weekend, you'll be glad to know that every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Molyvos serves up an extraordinary brunch. This fine Greek restaurant takes reservations and is open for lunch, dinner and late-night fare. Avra Located at: 141 E 48th Street, New York Phone:Â Â 347-482-1431 If you can't get to Greece this winter, dining at Avra's might be the next best thing. Exposed wood beams, distressed floors, imported limestone and an open kitchen are just a few of Avra's design elements that evoke classic Mediterranean ambiance. Try the Ouzo Mussels, Chilean Souvlaki, or any one of Avra's seafood offerings. Avra's takes reservations and opens at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. If you visit Avra when the weather permits alfresco dining, be sure to secure a spot on Avra's lovely patio. NYC has a reputation for great Greek restaurants, and it's also known for fabulous hotels. If you're looking for a weekend escape to the Big Apple, staying at a boutique NYC hotel offers you a genuine taste of City life. Hotel Mela is a cheap Times Square hotel located near the very best City attractions including Times Square, Broadway, Central Park and Radio City Music Hall- just to name a few!