452 Washington St.
(at Watts)
More casual than fancy

Greca is more casual than its sibling restaurant, The Greek. Instead of table service, you order from any of the three counters—retail bakery/café, a kitchen with its “fetabar,” and a bar/lounge—and sit in wherever you please. Breads and pastries are baked on premises, and the coffee comes from Devoción, which prioritizes freshness. The menu emphasizes food from what are called the Blue Zones—parts of the world where people live the longest. (This is also why Greca occasionally refers to itself as a “Longevity Lab.”) One of the Blue Zones is the Greek island of Ikaria, but the menu will look beyond Greece. There’s a communal table, where wine tastings and other events can happen, and a pair of turntables for later in the evening. But if you’d rather be on your own—or, come spring, take a picnic to Hudson River Park—you can buy bread, olives, and cheese, or shop Greca’s pantry of Greek ingredients.