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"I am the king of hamburgers!" declares Aristos Tzamos, the chef and co-owner of Helios in Park Slope.

He’s bragging about the certified Black Angus beef he employs for his juicy patties and the brioche rolls he bakes every morning. He’s just as proud of the roasted Bell & Evans chicken and traditional Greek salad.

"We use good tomatoes, not the pale kind, and our feta comes from Greece. We keep it simple - just the vegetables, cheese, extra virgin olive oil and calamata olives. Simple is best you know," he says.

No argument here.

It took the Bay Ridge resident a year to scout the location before settling on the corner spot on Sixth Avenue.

"It’s not so easy to find a good place, and I really wanted Park Slope. The people here appreciate good food," says Tzamos, who opened Helios (Greek for sun) in July with partner Pete Lekkas (of Bay Ridge’s Elias).

The casual, 40-seat, "diner that’s not really a diner," according to Tzamos, serves Greek specialties like spinach pie, "avgolemono" (lemony chicken soup with rice), grilled octopus and eggplant salad.

There’s a small beer and wine list and "People love the coffee here," says Tzamos. "It’s organic. Not like diner coffee at all." Come spring, the seating expands to 70 with several outdoor tables that ring the restaurant.

Helios (82 Sixth Ave. at St. Marks Place in Park Slope) accepts cash only. Entrees: $13-$15. Serves lunch and dinner daily. Brunch is available all day on the weekend. For information, call (718) 783-0033.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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