Snack Taverna

4.5
509 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
We proudly serve the Clean Fresh Flavors of Greece.

Throughout the day, our kitchen serves up a bold flavored mix of traditional, home-style and contemporary Greek cooking.

Our Taverna is a warm and welcoming space that features high tin ceilings, exposed brick walls and oversized windows.

Since 2003, good food and friendly service have defined the “ethos” of our restaurant.

Our full liquor bar consists of hard to find artisanal Greek wines as well as a list of seasonally inspired cocktails .

Snack Taverna seats up to 45 guests comfortably and 4 at the bar.

We welcome private events and off-site catering.

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:15PM - 10:00PM
Mon 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:30PM
Wed 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:15PM - 10:45PM
Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very rushed. They put us in the middle, first table (party of 2) that had seating for four when we asked for one of the THREE open tables for two.
Then when we were not even finished with our dinner, had guests standing over us and was very clear from waiter coming to ask if we were done 3x when we clearly had food on our plate if we were ready.
Impersonal.
Not great food *used to be much better...has become bland and uninteresting.
Wine selection is very poor.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. The flavors of the food are bright and rich. The recipes are simple and cleave closely to what I know of "real" Greek cooking. At the same time, the restauranteurs have reduced all the less pleasant elements of traditional Greek cooking, such as lots and lots of olive oil. The restaurant is simple yet comfortable, the servers are friendly. What's not to like? Why don't I go to this restaurant every time I go out?

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S
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small but so good. The food is excellent with small plates available at reasonable prices. The noise level was a surprise as the Taverna filled up...low to moderate, never loud. What a pleasure. In fact, the entire experience was pleasurable.

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AN
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have had dinner at Snack Taverna many times and have always enjoyed it. Brunch was just as good. Good selection and very good food. We were not rushed and enjoyed the quiet setting in the West Village. Great place for brunch.

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A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Were in the neighborhood looking for a late snack. The appetizers and small plates were delicious and the service was friendly and helpful. Exactly what we were looking for. Too bad we don't live in the neighborhood or we'd be back often.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good. The service was mediocre. The restaurant was not busy when we sat down but our waiter was still inattentive. When we arrived at the restaurant, there was no welcome or greeting, just a grunt and a point to a table. Maybe I’m asking for a lot, but part of the restaurant experience should be being made to feel welcome and treated with warmth. How hard is it to do that?

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AJ
London
58 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Manhattan, cosy and really good food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this place.

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c
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been in years when was in Village. Hugely better food and ambience than remembered. Waiter great and a hoot. Certainly worth going from UES

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice people and very good food. Strongly recommend. Small and quiet.

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DS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was maybe the best Greek food we had in NYC. My husband is Greek, so he has high standards. The place is very cozy in the village. The service is fast (it was also not crowded at all). But it was a bit more expensive than expected... $350 for 4 people, sharing all dishes. We had a great time though!

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EX
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent service.

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OT
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This place is facsimile of Greek cuisine.
Over price and limited menu of the wonderful dishes of the Greek cuisine spectrum. The Youvetsi was horrible the lamp shank was over done and the orzo was dry. The chef should checkout what is the true definition of the Greek word “Youvetsi”!
The baklava was a disgrace!
If anyone is interested in real Greek food go elsewhere!!!!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose this restaurant because it was close the theater we were going to, but I wasn’t sure what to expect based on the name. The atmosphere was great, the staff was such that I felt like they were friends who’d invited us over for dinner. The food was delicious! I will definitely be back. We all loved it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiter left us unattended for far too long and forgot a beverage item. Everything else was great.

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TG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally enjoyed our experience. The brunch menu was somewhat limited but adequate. We we were seated quickly, service was more than attentive and the cost for our tasty and fresh meals were reasonable. I highly recommend Snack Taverna.

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FN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always one of our favorite Greek restaurants. Not very fancy or expensive, but excellent food and good service. Try the red pepper & pomegranate spread - it is outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO UNDERRATED

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LK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very pleasant little Greek place in the West Village. They have a number of small plates that are very tasty as well as entrees and several nice Greek wines to choose from. The staff are very nice. The prices are reasonable. I would certainly go back and would encourage others to try it.

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JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood staple. Love this place. Food is always amazing- get the taramosalata! Oh and save room for the rice pudding

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DD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it, but ... I asked for and received a cup of hot tap water with a slice of lemon - the equivalent of a glass of tap ice water, only hot. And then, surprise! I found out when I got my bill that they charged me $2.00 for it! Tap water, hot - $2.00 !!!!! Without saying anything up front that would have given me the opportunity to say, "no thank you" to that lousy value proposition! I drink hot water because it's better for digestion and have never had a restaurant charge me for it. Shame on them! We loved everything until the bill arrived and we saw that and then it colored the experience in a negative way. I strongly suggest that Snack Taverna reconsider this policy and stop being greedy and ridiculous as this conveys! I even asked the waiter about this when we got our bill and saw it - making very pointed eye contact - and he said there was nothing he could do. Really? No empowerment to remove a stupid charge when contested by a patron who had just indicated she and her fellow guest were delighted at the meal?

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

great value for brunch. well prepared and well spiced. Definitely would like to try dinner.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Cool spot in the neighborhood

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LS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb triangles are amazing! I’d go back just for that.

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TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of us met before a show at the Cherry Lane Theater, and although the service felt a little slow (it's a very relaxed, charming vibe) to this NYC A-type, they asked about our time-frame and did in fact have us out in perfect time to make the show. A nice range of food to accomodate a tableful of issues, all delicious. A couple more beer options would make it almost perfect.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

CREATIVE MENU WITH MANY OLD STANDBYS. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT! WAITER WAS FUN .

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JS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Snack Taverna. Food is delicious and they make you feel special without being over the top. Love it equally on a quiet Tuesday or a bustling Friday.

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SA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good. Especially the lamb triangles and the veggies were very fresh. The service was slow though. But the food was worth the wait.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We used to go to this restaurant a few times a year, but now we won't be back. While the food is good, the service has become downright annoying. That kind of smug fake niceness that comes with some hipster waiters. Even without that, the restaurant broke my cardinal rule of dining out. NEVER BRING ENTREES OUT WHILE YOUR TABLE IS STILL ENJOYING STARTERS. It's expected at cheaper places, but this is a nice restaurant, and when our waiter came out with the entrees, we looked up and he kind of stood there waiting for us to move our plates so he could put the next course down. But we didn't. In case you weren't reading, we don't like that, and it was honestly kind of a stare down and I had to ask him to please take them back and wait 5 minutes. Needless to say that went over great.
Secondly, I ordered a wine that was supposedly akin to a Sauvignon Blanc. Since all of the wines are Greek, no one who goes there is familiar with any of them, so you have to depend on their decisions on what to give you. Yes, I know it's a greek restaurant, just another hurdle. I didn't like it, but it improved with the food. So he brings the wine in a non-wineglass which is really hard to tell how much wine there is in them, and I finish it in no time and order another. When I get to my third, I politely ask if they can make their pour a little bigger. Not a big request I would think as we're spending a fair amount of money as I've ordered three wines, a starter and an entree. And the place is EMPTY as it was Columbus Day weekend. He snaps at me, "IT'S 5 OUNCES!" Oh, my, forgive me! 5 ounces! I didn't know there were such strict measures here. So the air there has taken over what was once a great little spot with really good food. Sorry, but you've lost customers.

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d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I came here for a Saturday lunch and were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant was not packed. The next surprise was that the food was actually excellent Greek food with some dishes I was unfamiliar with. I was very happy with the lamb triangles (spiced lamb/beef with graviera cheese); the portion was more than I could eat (3 large triangles), not to mention a tasty side grain dish and some greens. My husband was equally impressed by the lamb burger he ate that came with cypriot potatoes. The waiter was very attentive and kind . . . no complaints. I will certainly be back.

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FF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I thought the food was good, the service indifferent. The staff were generally polite but inattentive.

With so many choices in the neighborhood we patronized the restaurant because of a promotion from a local theater, but at bill time they refused to honor it. I was dumbstruck. It's not as if we weren't liberal in our ordering. My wife and I dropped $165.

The main reason to come here is the handsome bones of the place on a lovely block in the West Village. But honestly, with so many cute neighborhood joints with decent food to choose from, I'll be spending my money elsewhere.

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JD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seeing a show at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and they sent us a list of local restaurants. Some were very pricey, but Snack seemed a bit more reasonable, so we booked. My friend arrived before I did, and secured a table at the window, giving us a pleasant view of the street as the sun gradually went down. I started with a tasty specialty cocktail (my friend just had a soda) and got a small plate of the veal meatballs, which were very tasty. My friend ordered chicken, and I got the eggplant stuffed with lamb and beef. There was lots of food, all of it good, but we still managed dessert. This turned out to be a great choice, and I made sure to get a business card on my way out.

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LA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service before a show at the Comedy Cellar. Delightful server, delicious dips, and a delicious classic Greek salad. Highly recommended.

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s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Snack is a treasure. We have been going for over 10 yrs- every time we are in town!

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f
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Greek food. Was there at an early hour, so the place was empty, therefore, no noise.

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n
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both fantastic! Bartender was welcoming as was the waiter who explained the menu options well. Greek wine isn’t my favorite but we were able to taste it and get a good recommendation from the waiter. Dips were super delicious. Quaint place. Tiny bathroooms.

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Village food !

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d
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is becoming our favorite very quickly! First time came here just for drinks at the cozy small bar - delicious creative drinks, but didn't eat. Second time came here for dinner - even better! The food is light, flavorful, perfectly portioned, and comforting. We had the grape leaves, feta and watermelon salad, roasted rosemary chicken with chickpeas and gold raisins, and butter beans in tomato sauce with feta. Couldn't stop eating, everything was SO good. The service is extremely attentive and quick to suggest options and refill water glasses!

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Snack. the service was friendly, helpful and fast. The food was excellent

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NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was nearly empty on Sunday around noon--amazing! Skip the crowded brunch places with the long lines ad go to Snack Taverna instead!

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