The West Village has a new tenant that’ll make you feel like you’re on a Greek vacation in the middle of winter – Fava Bistro. The cafe’s atmosphere is suitable whether it’s a date night or cocktail night with your buddies. But most importantly, the food is beautiful; and the menu full of Mediterranean classics with a modern twist.
Despite naming his restaurant after an Italian bean, Andrea Rodrik, the owner and restauranteur behind NYC’s Fava Bistro doesn’t do typical menus because he insists that you can’t replicate food from Europe – “the ingredients will always be different.” Rodrik himself is Swiss and Turkish and prides himself on always being a food fanatic since childhood. He knew he couldn’t replicate his Grandmother’s Turkish goodies, so opted to open an eatery serving something totally different.
Starters include Saganaki, which is panko-fried halloumi cheese that’s drizzled in honey, a gorgeously-Instagramable twist on a traditional “flaming Greek cheese” dish. There are also spreads of hummus and baba ganoush, calamari, and octopus for the city’s many seafood lovers.