Uncle Nicks

Ouzaria_200_2 My friend Helene has been telling me about Uncle Nicks forever. Years ago, she work in that area of town and has dined there many times. For some reason, I have never been. I might have to make up for lost time.

Located on 50th and 9th, just outside the theater district, it is a great place for pre or post theater dinner. Down and dirty with little ambiance but the food is really delicious. The preparation and the menu comes straight out of Greece. I could have closed my eyes and been in Santorini.

We started with a Greek salad. The small is large enough for 2 people. Chopped greens, thinly sliced red onions, chunks of tomato, chunks of green peppers, a big hunk of feta cheese over the top with a simple red wine vinegar dressing mixed throughout. Warm slices of pita bread on the side, you can’t go wrong.

Besides the salad to start, we went with some highlights. A big piece of grilled octopus, charred with oregano over the top sitting in balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil. Perfect. Tasty. The octopus alone is enough for dinner. Share. We also had the classic greek beans. Large flat beans served in a tomato sauce.

For dinner, we both had a piece of fish that was on the special list. Grilled salmon for Emily and a whole Branzino for me.
Everything was cooked to perfection. The whole fish was beautiful.  Tasty, charred on the outside and juicy on the inside.  We didn't bother with the side dishes that come with the fish but some
do come.

There is a reason Uncle Nick’s has been around for so many years. This type of food doesn’t go out of style. Well prepared, full of flavor, feels like a day in Greece. You can’t go wrong.