Being the non-traditional, ultra reform Jews that we are, my family decided to have our second night of Passover at Parea Bistro
On a side note, not only do I love Greek food, I love the fact that it is so simple to eat gluten free. I typically don’t have to ask what I can/can’t eat, which makes my life better.
On to the food…
Greek Salad w/ plum tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, green pepper & feta cheese: Your typical Greek salad.
Eggplant Spread: roasted baby eggplant, & feta cheese: Side of cucumbers for me. Not really understanding the random red pepper but this stuff was good.
Baked Giant Beans: Or “Gigantes“; yes I know my shit. For some reason there is something I love about this dish. These were a little garlicky for my taste but still good. Just don’t order them if you’re on a date
Lobster Salad w/ steamed lobster, mixed greens, avocado, grapefruit, red beets & champagne vinaigrette: I couldn’t decide between the Tuna entree or this. I went with the salad and was very happy I did. The salad was refreshing, perfectly portioned and the large chunks of lobster kept me satisfied.
Seafood Risotto w/ sautéed wild mushrooms, black truffle: You know I can’t fight the allure of truffle oil so I had to ask the waiter if I could eat the risotto. His response, Yes!
And now the item’s I didn’t try, but looked great:
Paidakia: Grilled Lamb Chops w/ Roasted Lemon Potatoes
Since I can no longer eat Baklava, for dessert I ordered my second fave Greek delight: Yogurt with almonds and honey. Parea’s version was more like a yogurt ice cream than actual yogurt. And I usually prefer walnuts but I promise I’m not complaining.
All in all, it was a great meal with great company – and we didn’t have to wait an hour before we ate (a la the usual Passover sedar).
Pros: Good food, good service – and a very friendly owner.
Cons: Would have liked to see some more traditional items (Iman) or traditional names (Patzaria, etc)
Parea Bistro: 36 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, USA