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There’s a lot going on in the Souvlaki GR world right now, so it’s as good a timed as any to check in with Kostas and the Souvlaki GR team.
The biggest news is the opening of their 2nd restaurant this week at 162 West 56th St, just east of 7th Ave. Their first restaurant, at 116 Stanton St on the Lower East Side, really does feel like a little piece of Mykonos in the heart of NYC.
If you don’t have time for a visit, the Souvlaki GR truck does just fine. The truck menu is smaller than the restaurant, concentrating on souvlaki, their signature dish, which is grilled over charcoal. They have chicken, pork, shrimp and ground beef versions.
They added shrimp souvlaki since our last visit, so that was a given, plus we got a pork souvlaki and an order of Greek fries to share with our office mates.
All the souvlaki come in warm, soft pita bread. Besides the main ingredient, each souvlaki includes red onion, tomato, a few french fries, and a healthy dose of homemade tzaziki sauce. Tzaziki sauce, made with a yogurt base, is thicker and much tastier than the white sauce served on all the halal carts, which is mayo based.
The shrimp souvlaki was delicious, with enough shrimp to get some in each bite of the souvlaki. The pork souvlaki was excellent too, with a charcoal-grilled flavor easily coming through the toppings.
The Greek fries from Souvlaki GR were wonderful. French fries are topped with feta cheese, oregano and thyme, for a uniquely Greek side dish.
With the new restaurant just open this week on West 56th St, the Souvlaki GR truck seems to be taking some time off, but you can still get Souvlaki GR in midtown, as well as on the LES. The new midtown location even has delivery via Seamless, Grubhub and Delivery.com.
You can find the Souvlaki GR truck on Twitter here, Facebook here, and their website is here. Here’s a picture of the new restaurant, but it doesn’t show the bar area with a few tables right up front by the entrance.