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Plush carpeting controls the acoustics at this auto-repair shop turned restaurant. The garrulous crowd gathers under faded paintings and timeworn mirrors to feast on generous portions of burekas (feta-stuffed phyllo), thyme-laced haloumi cheese wrapped in grape leaves, and tuna steaks swimming in red-pepper puree. Regulars are as devoted to the live music as they are to the Mediterranean menu: Jazz performers wail Tuesdays between 7:30 and 10:30pm and on weekends from 1 to 5pm.
Venue says: “SoHo's best kept secret for over a decade. Lunch, Dinner, Brunch on weekends, and live Jazz music every night!”