More than Just Gyros @ Avlee Greek Kitchen (Carroll Gardens)

If you’re anything like me, when you think of Greek food, you’re mostly drawn to the typical Gyros and fries offered at the standard fast-food Greek restaurant in NYC. However, at Avlee Greek Kitchen in Carroll Gardens,  they are serving up more than just the typical Greek fast food. Instead, this intimate, 25-seat restaurant offers an elevated, modern Greek menu with a wide range of options to please every palate from vegetarians to gluten free diners and beyond.

I was truly impressed with my dinner at Avlee last week. For starters, the food was both flavorful and fresh thanks to Andrew Poulos, the owner at Avlee who is also a Carroll Gardens native. One of Andrew’s mission at Avlee is to serve fresh and authentic Greek food. To do just that, Andrew ensures peak freshness of everything offered on the menu by making daily 3:00 am trips to the fish and vegetable market because using frozen ingredients at Avlee is a big “no-no”.

While my entire meal was fantastic, it was especially highlighted by the Yemista, which is lucky tomatoes, stuffed with rice, veggies, and herbs. My dining partner really enjoyed the Spanakopita, which is spinach with three cheese, cremini mushroom in phyllo and we both agreed that the cold spreads were also delicious, with the Tirokafteri (feta cheese, bell peppers, jalapeno,) being my favorite. Despite being completely stuffed, we managed to try a couple of desserts with the Baklava being our favorite.

If you’re ever in the area, I recommend that you definitely give Avlee a try.

Check out some pictures from my visit to Avlee Below.

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Cold Spreads served with warm pitas and sliced cucumbers.

Fava Mani – Chick pea, garlic, lemon, tahini, cumin

Tirokafteri – Feta cheese, bell peppers, jalapeno, cayenne

Tzatziki – Yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic

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Dolmathes – Hand rolled grape leaves, rice, vegetables, herbs, spices

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Keftethakia – Beef pork meatballs, pan fired with tomato basil sauce

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Spanakopita – Spinach, three cheese, cremini mushroom in phyllo

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Yemista – Lucky tomatoes stuffed with rice, veggies, herbs, spices

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Lemon Potatoes

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Spanakorizo – sauteed spinach, rice, onion, dill

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Gigandes – White beans basked in an onion tomato dill sauce

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Galaktoboureko  – Vanilla paste semolina layered with phyllo

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Baklava – Walnuts & almonds wrapped in phyllo, honey syrup

Avlee Greek Kitchen

Where: 348 Smith Street

Cuisine: Greek, Casual

Cost: $25 per person AmEx, Disc, MC, V

Cross street: between Carroll and 2nd Sts

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-10pm Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 11am-9pm

Menu here

Recommendations: Cold Spreads, Greek Meatballs and the Spanakopita. Also, sample the Greek wine, beer or sodas with your meal. Also order some Greek fries!

*While my meal was complimentary, the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is an NYC Real Estate/Business Lawyer, Consultant, and Blogger. A New York transplant for the last 10 years, Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurants, fashion, and the black professional social scene. Ash was born and raised in Chicago.

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