The Columbia of ’50s beatniks and ’60s rebels lives on. In pleasing contrast to the area’s newer upscale cafés, Symposium is casual and low-priced, and the menu is illustrated like a hippie comic book. Unfortunately, mellowing out seems to have led to occasional nodding off. Traditional appetizers are well made, especially the namesake salad, a platter of delicious dips and saganaki (baked kasseri goat cheese that arrives aflame). Roasted lamb and grilled fish were satisfying. But moussaka and lamb pie were underseasoned, and the cooked-to-oblivion side vegetables were indeed a ’60s flashback.
544 W 113th St
|Cross street:||between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to 110th St–Cathedral Pkwy|
|Price:||Average main course: $11. MC, V|