Doors are open at The Greek, but according to a staffer they're still in soft-opening mode, with only a partial menu available. Originally intended to open Monday and then today, a last-minute chef shuffle has caused delays—original chef Richard Silva is out and Taylor Kearney (Boulevardier, Charlie Palmer) is in. The Greek occupies the One Arts Plaza space formerly home to John Tesar's ill-fated burger joint, The Commissary (and before that, Dali Wine Bar).
The restaurant began its life as a small plates-focused spot call Meze, but the concept has evolved into a refreshingly affordable and approachable option for ritzy One Arts Plaza, with a majority of the menu items coming in under ten bucks. Expect pita sandwiches of both traditional (lamb gyro) and nouveau (steak, mushroom, and horseradish) varieties, Greek fries topped with herbs and feta, a variety of salads including a Mediterranean twist on the classic wedge, and pizzas; there's also a selection of "meze" with dips and Greek-style charcuterie plates, plus massive family platters of pasta or rack of lamb. Cocktails by Jason Kosmas include a Greek Sangria with white wine and St. Germain and El Greco, a fusion of ouzo and tequila accented with orange and honey-cinnamon syrup.