While visiting my cousins in the area,(No, it wasn't Russell Brand or Jonah Hill) rather than the unusual Italian fare, they suggested something "different" . Nemea fit the bill completely.
Having a reservation, we entered the cozy neighborhood restaurant and were impressed with the decor. Warm and inviting but upscale in design.
We were immediately seated and advised of the specials, then drink orders were taken. We chose a bottle of wine and it was quickly delivered to our table with a plate of a variety of olives, which was quickly replaced with another. Yum!
After looking over the menu, our waiter (sorry, I can't remember his name) came back to take orders. I DO remember he was efficient and knowledgeable, allowing us time to ask questions and make choices.
We began with the Octapodi, which is grilled wild Mediterranean octopus, with cucumber, capers with a balsamic glaze. Cooked perfectly, not overdone with a kind of smoky taste. It was delicious!
Cousin ordered Elliniki (or Greek Salad) which consisted of mixed greens, tomatoes, dill, cucumbers, red onions, Feta cheese, bell peppers, Kalamata olives, dolmadakia, red wine vinegar, olive oil. Cool, crisp and plenty of it. Other cousin chose the Veal Stew (Ragout) with Pappardelle which was braised veal, red wine, portobello mushrooms, garbanzo beans, green olives, green peas with broad noodles. He claimed it was excellent. My husband, ever the non-adventurer, ordered the Cast Iron Pan Seared Pork Chop with sweet potato risotto and sautéed spinach topped with pear chutney. He RAVED about it - days later! I selected the Vegetarian Moussaka which is baked eggplant, roasted peppers, potatoes, zucchini, grilled onion, spinach, tomato sauce topped with soy béchamel. Insanely good!
We finished the evening with coffees and one order of baklava which is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. OMG! Out of this world!
The bill came to $240 with a generous tip. Keep in mind, this included an appetizer, a bottle of wine, one soft drink, coffees and dessert. Not terrible for Mamaroneck, and in my opinion, worth every penny.
If you're in the area, or have been considering Nemea - definitely give it a try. I think you'll go back.
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