Ergon London serves honest, authentic Greek food – and great freddo espresso!

It’s a great day when a new Greek restaurant opens up in town. There is something exceptional about this concept. I believe it does not only have to do with spreading the infamous Greek cuisine, but it rather makes a point. It’s showing the world that there are Greeks who dare, who are productive and ambitious enough to enter a huge market like the London restaurant scene. It’s time to show Londoners that Greek restaurants are, well, nothing like hummus and kebabs, and I am very happy to see remarkable venues like Ergon popping up.

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Greek Fried Eggs with Potatoes and Feta

Fried eggs with feta cheese recipe

Eggs: so tasty and such a great source of protein, and yet, so easy to treat them like nothing. Egg recipes are considered one’s entry to the magnificent world of cooking. You fry them, boil them, mix them with vegetables – or, best case scenario with potatoes and sausage – to make an omelette. I’ll give you my opinion in two words: SO BASIC.  

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Souvlaki GR in Manhattan

During my research for the Esquire piece, I discovered the most beautiful souvlaki place that I’ve ever seen. It’s called “Souvlaki GR” (surprise!) and it brings a scent of Greece in Manhattan. The minute you see it from the outside, the bright white and blue shades make you feel like you’re on vacation on a Greek island in Cyclades. But the best part is on the inside, where it’s literally like they moved a part of the charming small streets in Mykonos and gracefully placed it in their locations in Lower East Side and Manhattan Midtown.


The minute you walk in Souvlaki GR, the Greek Mykonos-style atmosphere will blow your mind

For those of you not familiar with souvlaki, it is probably the most iconic Greek street food (ok, probably the second one following the Greek salad!). Bite-sized pieces of pork meat or chicken grilled on skewers, then wrapped in pita bread and topped with tomato, red onion and tzatziki (a garlic-y Greek yogurt sauce). And that’s what you’ll taste at Souvlaki GR, along with a line-up of classic Greek dishes served at Greek tavernas.

Souvlaki is probably the most iconic Greek street food. Photography: © Tassos Antoniou
Chicken skewers served with tzatziki sauce and grilled pita bread. Photography: © Tassos Antoniou
I couldn’t help but order a Greek salad! They serve it with pita bread and it is 100% tasty. Photography: © Tassos Antoniou
Kolokithokeftedes (Greek zucchini patties) served with yogurt sauce and a wedge of lemon for an acidic touch. Photography: © Tassos Antoniou

I was told by Errikos, the chef and also a friend of mine since his glorious days in Athens and Mykonos restaurants, that it’s one of the absolute top-sellers and there’s no wonder why. Americans seem to be served their food rather flat in terms of taste so they can upscale it with sauces (ketchup, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, you name it). Errikos has brought his local intel – that is Greek recipes he developed while still in the country – and serves really delectable food, enriched with Greek herbs that really elevate even the most subtle of tastes.

Greek beef patties topped with tomato and feta cheese. So appetizing and delicious. Photography: © Tassos Antoniou

Tina Plagos, the owner and one of the most amicable Greek American ladies I met during my stay in NYC, is also a frequent visitor every summer in Mykonos, so it’s quite obvious why this place is such a vibrant, cheerful and delicious Greek joint.

From left to right: Errikos Kassar, Tina Plagos and me

If you find yourselves in NYC and need to grab a tasteful bite, Souvlaki GR surely takes you to Mykonos -and there’s no need to board on a plane!

Souvlaki GR Locations

Lower East Side: 116 Stanton St., NY, NY 10002

Midtown: 162W 56th Street, NY, NY10019

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Greek Salad Recipe, Sifnos Style

It’s definitely the most Google’d salad from greek cuisine! Super fresh, hearty, colourful, packed with flavour, you’re definitely gonna love this Greek salad recipe. Let me just say that the original version does not include lettuce or any kind of dressing. Greek salad is best enjoyed during the summer when all veg (tomato, cucumber) are in season, juicy and all. Now, the most important ingredient is feta cheese. The real deal should be firm, not too salty, with rich taste and easily chewed.

My recipe is another take on the classic Greek and it carries along a fresh Aegean breeze in my memory, as I first tasted it in Sifnos island last summer. Sifnos is a less known Greek destination, very close to Piraeus port and Milos, which makes it ideal for a cruise or a boat getaway during the weekend. Wanna know the best part? Sifnos is considered the food capital of Greece, as the father of modern Greek cuisine Nikolaos Tselementes was born and raised on the island. No wonder why I loved everything about this heavenly place, including this Greek salad with mizithra cheese. Mizithra is a Greek hard cheese, but in Sifnos the locals produce their very own soft version. Its texture makes it ideal for dips, spreads and salads – obviously. Did I mention it merely takes 15 minutes to make your very own Greek salad at home? Please, DO try this at home, folks and let me know how it worked out for you!

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