Greek-influenced 251 Lex restaurant gives diners the feeling of being on an island in the Mediterranean
Sharing some house dips and sipping on martinis at 251 Lex just might make diners imagine themselves feasting on a Mediterranean island. Constantine Kalandranis, the restaurant’s owner/chef, says, “Our food is Greek-influenced, but we pair that with spices from North Africa, grains from Israel, and always look toward our partners in local farms, butchers, and fish markets.”
The restaurant, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary, has three dining areas. The more casual downstairs features a copper horseshoe bar and touches of blue. Upstairs is more formal, with tablecloths, brick walls, and wood flooring. There’s a seasonal patio, where a spit for grilling meats or whole fish is found.
While there are great choices for meat eaters and vegetarians, Kalandranis notes that the menu is fish-centric.The appetizers all lend themselves to eating a little less formally and offer an easy way to share and try different food. I dined on a delicious twist on fish and chips, featuring shrimp, tuna, calamari, and hand-cut French fries.
My dinner ended with an interpretation of galaktoboureko. The restaurant calls it “filo-wrapped vanilla custard” (easier to pronounce). It comes drizzled with orange honey syrup and is simply delicious.
251 Lexington Ave.,
Mt. Kisco, NY