Meli Coupons and Deals
Greek food isn't actually all that hard to find in this town. Unless, of course, you’re looking for handmade Greek food that uses actual fresh, authentic ingredients—you know, the kind of Greek food that’ll blow your mind. And since we like to have our minds blown on occasion, we ventured up to Midtown to check out Meli, a casually elegant restaurant, located just east of Herald Square. The sleek, all-white dining room is clubby enough to make us feel hip, but not enough to make us want to go home and change. We also enjoyed the black-and-white movies playing on flat screens in the entryway. But on to the really good stuff—the foodstuffs. Meli serves up favorites that not a lot of places in NYC attempt, like Goges, with a handmade cavateli pasta, goat and lamb butter, and vlahotiri cheese. Even more daring, this place makes everything in-house, from the tzatziki to the phyllo dough. For appetizers, the Keftedes—or grilled lamb, veal and beef meatballs—are a sure bet with yogurt, garlic and apricot sauce. The Saganaki (pan-fried Graviera cheese with fresh watermelon and spicy honey) is good, too. In fact, in honor of its namesake (“meli” means honey in Greek), most dishes incorporate honey in some way, shape or form, from the balsamic vinegar dressings to a drizzling of thyme honey in the decadent baklava. (Definitely don’t forget to order that.) In addition, there are a few American dishes that the talented cooks here have baptized into the Greek cuisine bible by swapping out select ingredients for items more commonly found in Mediterranean cooking, like the short ribs. Braised in honey and raki (an anise-flavored Greek liquor), and served with a bed of wild mushroom risotto, it's all Greek to us. Menu Highlights: Grilled Octopus, $19 Tuna Tartar, $18 Keftedes Meatballs, $14 Lamb Chop, $42 Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight
It's fitting that Meli translates to "honey" in Greek -- given that both the 5th Avenue hot spot and the sweet edible are products of hard work and skillful execution, and both offer up oh-so-rich tastes. With today's deal from this stunning establishment, enjoy the tasty fruits of these culinary experts' labor. Pay $88 for a three-course prix-fixe dinner with two appetizers, two entrées, two desserts, four glasses of wine, and two after-dinner Ports (a $188 value). This ornately appointed dining room features modern touches, gorgeous chandeliers, and tasteful murals, which will whisk you away to a remote isle in the Mediterranean. Start your elegant evening with the poached-pear salad, succulent grilled octopus, or filo-wrapped scallops with a honey-balsamic reduction. From there, enjoy spice-crusted tuna, pan-roasted chicken, short ribs with wild-mushroom risotto, or grilled salmon with a lemon sauce. Finish with citrus-scented custard or flaky baklava and a soothing glass of Port, and realize you won't have an experience this sweet again -- unless of course you come back.