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Elia Restaurant

The cuisine is on par with midtown places like Avra and Milos, but prices are friendlier and the atmosphere is more relaxed. Whitewashed walls and blue shutters evoke the islands. Careful preparation elevates the food beyond cliché: Flaky phyllo cradles spinach, feta and herbs in a standout spanakopita. Moussaka, made with shredded lamb shank, has an appealingly rustic texture. Linger over your coffee with a thick, hand-pressed yogurt, its sourness tempered by honey, walnuts and cherries.

Venue name: Eliá
Address: 8611 Third Ave
Cross street: between 86th and 87th Sts
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 5-10pm; Fri, Sat 5-11pm; Sun 4-9pm
Transport: Subway: R to 86th St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, MC, V
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