My wife and I were looking for some relatively healthy food our first night out on my recent birthday week in New York. Food is everywhere in New York, literally on every street corner, so finding a place to eat is easy. Finding one with food that isn’t full of salt, far and sugar, is another matter.
But my wife had gotten to town a few days before me and looked around the area near our West Side hotel. She spotted Snack EOS, a cozy place that describes itself as “Greek inspired cuisine featuring seasonal ingredients, classic technique and flavors of the Mediterranean. With a stylish vibe and friendly, professional service, Snack EOS is a warm and welcoming space that features barrel-vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls and floor to ceiling windows.”
The first chair I sat on was broken and almost sent me to the floor, so that wasn’t exactly welcoming. But once we got past that, the food was wonderful, simple yet flavorful. And while I tasted more salt than I normally eat at home, it wasn’t overwhelming as it is at many restaurants.
I started with grilled Spanish octopus and loved it. Octopus can easily be tough, this one was tender and delicious. This dish is under the small plate section of the menu, not appetizers, but I found it a succulent appetizer that gave me great hopes for my main course.
I was not disappointed, ordering the Brazino without the butter advertised on the menu. I asked for it to be filleted and it was, masterfully. I found only two small bones while eating it, a tremendous job of filleting a fish that can be difficult to do properly. The spice mixture on the fish likely included salt but it was definitely worth the splurge.
EOS is in a section of Manhattan known as Hell’s Kitchen for its slum past. It’s anything but a slum now and is worth walking around to find gems like Snack EOS.
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