One of Long Island’s most popular Greek restaurants is planting two new restaurants in New York City.
The team behind Kyma in Roslyn, New York, is opening two new bilevel restaurants in the city, one in Flatiron and one on the Upper West Side. First to open will be a 220-seat outpost of Kyma at 15 West 18th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues, due to open in May. Later in the summer, a slightly more casual 185-seat restaurant called Eléa will open at 217 West 85th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
Like the Long Island flagship, the new spots will offer Greek classics like grilled octopus, tomato salad and Mediterranean fish, but will not sell seafood by the pound the way fellow estiatorios Milos and Avra do. They are also planning a more spirited vibe, with emphasis on European and popular music.
Reno Christou, the group’s chief operator, says that the team is going for a young audience and will hire a DJ to play once a week, though “it will never be loud enough to obstruct conversation,” he says. “This is social; we are not a club.”
The Upper West Side restaurant will be more family conscious, according to Christou, with an extensive salad selection, portions for kids, and more “cost-sensitive options,” he says. Both Kyma and Eléa will have predominantly white nautical decors. Says Christou: “We will try to capture that Mykonos feel.’’
Kyma opened in Roslyn in 2013. Shortly after, the Times commended the restaurant’s whole fish dishes, grilled octopus, and the desserts, including ekmek kataifi, made with phyllo, semolina custard, pastry cream, and pistachios.