By Priya Konings
Another New York original has come to DC, this time in the form of a tasty fast-food Greek restaurant called GRK.
Located downtown (1140 19th St NW), this cheerful spot has indoor and outdoor seating and a Greek-inspired menu featuring yeeros, salads, and a Greek yogurt bar.
The yeeros are hearty and fresh, with fluffy pitas baked in-house, choice of protein (including Portobello mushrooms for vegetarians), and zesty tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki is the real highlight: choose from classic, where thick, creamy Greek yogurt is mixed with cucumber, mint, and scallions; the kaftero, a spicy version of the original that is infused with habanero peppers; or the prassino, a green-hued basil and garlic tzatziki. The consensus so far is that the prassino is the winner. Not only is it the prettiest, but it is the most flavorful.
Salads are big and satisfying; the lentil salad has an earthy kick from barley croutons and the Greek and kale salads both feature cubes of tangy feta cheese. Side dishes include a great cabbage and herb slaw, brown rice, a sampler of the three tzatzikis, or crispy fries tossed with herbs.
The Greek yogurt bar is what really sets this place apart from other Greek restaurants in town. You can get a cup of Greek yogurt, fresh or frozen, topped with super cool toppings like rose petal preserves, nuts, Greek honey, and fig jam.
Prices are reasonable and the cuisine is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Our prediction: GRK is here to stay.