Park Slope restaurateur Spiro Hiotis named Athena Mediterranean Cuisine after the Greek goddess of wisdom (and, perhaps more important, his daughter) — and it seems that his newly opened eatery has been blessed with some divine intelligence.
The restaurant, on a quiet stretch of Sixth Avenue, boasts a full menu of mouth-watering Greek staples including moussaka, pastichio and spanakopita, which diners can enjoy on one plate for $14.95.
But Hiotis says the standout at his Mediterranean eatery is the lamb shank, served with orzo, tomato sauce and string beans ($16.95).
“It’s one of the best lamb shanks you’ll ever have — it just melts off the bone,” he said.
Sounds good, but we’ve got our eyes on Hiotis’s crispy salmon filet served atop braised lentils, butter sauce, and sauteed spinach ($18.95).
The restaurant replaces El Encuentro, an unpopular Latin American lunch counter.
Athena Mediterranean Cuisine [535 Sixth Ave., at 14th Street in Park Slope, (718) 965-4578]. Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.