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Greek Rose 101 at New York’s intimate Greek hotspot The Athenian

Summer in NYC is always a little on the quieter side, but for those of us who stick around there’s a peculiar enjoyment of the emptier streets; there’s almost a kind of relief in it all. But that doesn’t stop restaurants such as THE ATHENIAN to stay full with their much sought-after Greek fare that I had the pleasure of experiencing as part of a Rose tasting, courtesy of a newly-launched Leisurely app that connects New Yorkers to their favorite restaurants and chefs.

Now, I am particular with my wine, but I will not shy away from rose—especially in the summertime when it just seems more appealing (but I think we have all those brilliant ad agencies to blame for that!). There’s just something refreshing about rose and summer that goes hand-in-hand, which makes for the perfect evening of a carefully thought-out pairing on a warm and breezy night.

AEGEAN ISLANDS BRUSCHETTA with Ktima Voyatzi Rose, 2018:

ATHENIAN WATERMELON SALAD with Papagiannakos Rose, 2018:

OCTOPUS A LA PLANCHA with Alpha Estate Rose, 2018:

HERB ROASTED COD FISH with Biblia Chora, 2018:

GRILLED LAMB CHOP with Anatolikos Vineyards Rose, 2017:

All of the dishes had their own unique contrast / parallel to the various Greek rose; only with the extensive knowledge of wine experts Jason Corey and partner Kamal Kouiri would these duos even be possible—which is one of my favorite things about living in NYC: there’s always an expert for everything, making one appreciate the small details that make for a perfect pairing.

The Athenian is located in East Village on 10th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue.


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Kaitlin Duffy is a writer from Cleveland. When she's not blogging or pondering the great complexities of the world and outer space, she is finding rare vinyl steals, visiting new places, laughing often, Instagramming everything in sight, watching movies, or working on her first feature Port de Cleve.