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All time classics



It is hard to book a table even in midweek. With its New York style aesthetic, this restaurant is not popular by chance. It possesses substantial flavor allure. Modern bistronomy by chef Aris Vezenes makes a lasting impression with awesome pizzas, genuinely delicious pasta with a comfort food dynamic and exceptionally cooked meat, while not overlooking seafood, directly connected to his “islander” past on Meganissi. (11 Vrasida Str, Hilton, tel. 2107232002, vezene.gr - Metro: Evangelismos)


Housed in a wonderful neoclassical building built in 1897, it has made history in the city’s nightlife and still remains amongst the top preferences of the Athenian crowd. Charming, atmospheric, lively, cheerful, it makes for the perfect setting for the blend of a multi-referential, creative cuisine by chef Christophoros Peskias and the imaginative cocktails of the bar. (27, Tsocha Str & Vournazou Str, Ambelokipi, tel. 2106441215, balthazar.gr - Metro: Ambelokipi)



Tucked away in an alley parallel to Sygrou Avenue, in a space which used to be a small industrial workshop during the interwar period, there is this cosy, tasteful meeting place for beer lovers. A variety of beers, German sausages, Leberkaese, Osso Buco and braised pork shank are surrounded by a modernly decorated setting, while the beer cocktails provide a touch of contemporary beer culture: Beer-garita, The Mexican Trap, Wunder Bier... (9 Spirou Donta Str, Makrygianni, tel. 2109200369, bock.gr - Metro: Acropoli