Dafni Geek Taverna sits on West 42nd not far from Times Square. I discovered a few years back when staying at the Pod Hotel across the street. I have been back several times and have taken different friends to the restaurant and they have never disappointment as far as food and service quality. I checked up on them a couple of times during the pandemic hoping they would make it through so we can plan a stop on our next trip and I am so very glad they did.
The restaurant is not very big but nicely laid out and has tables by the window which I enjoy since I like people watching. The decor is a little dark but it’s open and pleasant. The waiter is the same person I have seen over the last few years. The service is prompt and congenial.
This time we enjoyed the Pikilia which is a choice of three spreads with Dolmades. We had the Fava, Tirokafteri and the Taramosalata. The Fava is a yellow lentil bean dip with olive oil, onions and capers. The Tirokafteri is a feta cheese spread. Taramosalata is caviar dip with lemon and olive oil. The Dolmades were very tender and don’t have that bitter bite to them. I have included recipes from The Real Greek website. This is a lovely website with a wonderful and extensive cache of recipes.
Real Greek Recipes: Fava- https://www.realgreekrecipes.com/fava/
Real Greek Recipes: Tirokafteri- https://www.realgreekrecipes.com/whipped-feta-dip/
Real Greek Recipes: Taramosalata Recipe- https://www.realgreekrecipes.com/tarama-dip/
Real Greek Recipes: Dolmades- https://www.realgreekrecipes.com/greek-stuffed-vine-leaves/
Some of the items that I’ve had on their menu are the Horiatiki which is a tomato, cucumber, feta, black olive and red onion salad, Octapodo, which is a grill Octopus in red wine and herbs, Saganaki, Garodes Mikolimano which is shrimp sauted in tomato sauce with olives and feta and Pastichio. The food has been consistently good and served quickly.
If you are in the area, stop by and enjoy a good meal and service.