Exceptional Greek cuisine, a no-reservations policy and a mere five tables make this café one of the city’s most intimate—and hardest to get into. Take a seat along the mirrored wall and find out why: The food is equal parts comforting (veal meatballs), rustic (cheesy pastitsio, the Greek version of lasagna) and flavorful (wonderfully thick tsatsiki is sharp with garlic). The service is warm from start to finish. And the dense, sweet semolina cake is the smart dessert choice.
105 Thompson St
|Cross street:||between Prince and Spring Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed noon–10pm; Thu–Sat noon–11pm; Sun, noon–9pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to Spring St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V|