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Athens restaurants

Yes, there is fancy Greek food. A new wave of chefs swept Athens starting in 2004; they've since been tinkering with the canon and obsessing about the freshness and local provenance of things. But don't ignore the taverna: A good one is the best introduction to the culture, as well as a great source of inexpensive, simple, and delicious food. Plaka—the area below the Parthenon—has emerged from decades of being a tourist joke to become a hangout for locals as well as visitors. Adrianou and Kydatheneon are the main drags, but explore the picturesque, vine-covered squares and alleys to find little art galleries, ouzeries, (places that serve small plates of food along with many different varieties of ouzo) and tavernas. (You can tell you're in a tourist-heavy haunt if it's full at 8:30 pm; locals don't eat dinner until around 10.) The streets south of (rebuilt, but still chaotic) Plateia Omonia, off Athinas, particularly around the meat market, have in the past few years been sprouting lots of small, cheap, interesting ethnic eateries as the immigrant population has grown.

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48, Athens

Cypriot-born chef Christoforos Peskias is equal parts magician and technician. The food at this lounge-y, recently renovated eatery remains solidly Aegean,...more

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Daphne's, Athens

If you are a famous foreigner, or like to imagine that people think you are, this is one of the places you'll eat in Athens. The setting, in a restored...more

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Gefsis Me Onomasia Proelefsis, Athens

That mouthful means "flavors of designated origin" (like D.O.C. on an Italian wine label), and it translates into mouthfuls of divinely fresh, beyond-authentic...more

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Hytra, Athens

This trendy place in Psyrri has remained steadily popular. Chef Yiannis Baxevanis is doing great things with horta (Cretan wild greens), regional cheeses,...more

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Platanos Taverna, Athens

One of Plaka's oldest tavernas, serving since 1932, Platanos is just what you want when you set out to eat unpretentious, grilled, and unreconstructed Greek...more

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Spondi, Athens

The setting alone would make this upmarket restaurant a pleasant place to dine, especially in the courtyard on summer evenings. Away from the rush of central...more

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Varoulko, Athens

Seafood legend Lefteris Lazarou won the Michelin race, gaining the country's first star for Greek food—and rightly so, say the hordes clamoring for tables...more

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