Cocktail Chic while Dining Greek: Veranda

4 Feb

When I think of Greek food, “chic” generally isn’t a word that comes to mind.  In fact, that may be the farthest thing from what pops into my head, on a long list… However, here to make Greek Chic is Veranda, the West Village (7th Ave @ W 10th St) hot spot serving excellent Mediterranean food to the creatures of the night beautiful people.

We had an 8pm reservation but got there early for happy hour – HH at Veranda is M-F/5-8pm; all cocktails are $6 – sign me up!  Being the East Village gal I am, it seemed fitting that I had the bartender whip me up the East Sider: Plymouth Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, cucumber + club soda.  I asked him to go easy on the sweets to lighten it up and he offered to make it with Splenda – score!

After a while, we sat down and perused the menu – to start we split the Mezze Platter (eggplant, hummus, olive tapenade) and Eggplant Chips.  They were both amazing, especially with the huge basket of fresh and baked pita chips that are served with them.  Then we had the Falafel which were painfully good (but heavily fried) – and speaking of fried, the Beet Salad was great too but the goat cheese in it was fried, too much.  Either way, I’d highly recommend following suit and doing it tapas style so you can try it all.

Once the manager got wind that I blog on “the interweb” (it’s not so discreet when you’re taking pictures of everything you’re eating…), he insisted we stay for dessert and have a hookah.  We had the mixed fruit tobacco and got to see the full vibe of the evening unfold; by 11pm, the place was bumping!  Veranda is definitely a late night spot worth checking out, even if it’s on the earlier side of trendy – some of us come out in the daytime and need our beauty sleep!

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