By Simon Gusev
International travel might be at a standstill for now, but you can still enjoy authentic and mouthwatering Mediterranean flavors right in Midtown at Nerai. With plenty of outdoor space as well as takeout and delivery options, experience the enticing flavors of the Greek Islands.
With an expansive and serene outdoor dining space, you can sip on savory cocktails and dig into succulent seafood in their private garden space. The restaurant is following strict safety guidelines so you can rest – and eat – assured that you will enjoy a delicious and worry-free lunch or dinner. The friendly staff is always ready to show off their Greek hospitality in the generous spirit of philoxenia.
Executive Chef Moshe Grundman highlights the beauty and simplicity of Mediterranean plates by using fresh ingredients and bold flavors. With sustainability in mind, Chef Grundman’s ingredients come from all over the world. You will definitely taste his Mediterranean twist on traditional Greek dishes. Their creative cocktails include the Chios Mojito, with roots mastiha, basil, lemon and soda. Elevate your evening out with the Persephone, a combination of sparkling wine, st. germain and pomegranate.
Start your Greek culinary adventure with an array of spreads, including tzatziki, hummus, and spicy feta. Other memorable and mouthwatering appetizers include the Grilled Octopus, made with Santorini fava and caramelized onions, Shrimp Mikrolimano, tiger shrimp in a tomato ragu with feta cheese, and Cretan Meatballs, with crumbled manouri cheese. Their fresh Fig and Halloumi Salad, which features grilled halloumi cheese and figs over a shaved fennel with toasted hazelnuts and a balsamic glaze, is another speciality. Next up you can try a palatable Greek pasta plate, also known as Zymarika. Star standouts include Seafood Orzotto, composed of grilled octopus, shrimp, mussels and calamari. The Lobster Pasta, made with poached Maine lobster over squid ink linguine in metaxa bisque will have you falling in love at first bite.
See seafood in a whole new – and tasty – light with their popular Hokaido Scallops, served with ouzo honey glazed pork belly, sunchoke corn and peas. The Lavraki, a whole grilled loup de mer, fileted and serve with sauteed spinach, will have your taste buds saying opa! Meat some unique flavors with their 8oz Filet Mignon served with feta mashed potatoes, mushrooms and a marvellous mavrodaphne jus. The Baby Lamb Chops, with honey glazed carrots, onion soubise dolma and oregano jus is another pick of ours.
Finish off your delectable dining experience with their Saragli. Made from hand-rolled baklava, this tasty treat is comprised of an appealing combination of tahini parfait, and gelato. Their Greek Yogurt Trio is served with thyme honey & pecans, quince spoon sweet, and sour cherry sweet, while Karidopita, a walnut cake, comes with milk and honey glaze with gelato. Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their latest or older vintages from an impressive 500-label wine list overseen by sommelier Michael Coll. Raise your glass of Greek or international wine and toast to a tasty and unforgettable meal!