Grilled octopus overlooking the Little River at Anise Waterfront Tavern, Upper East Side.

Anise Waterfront Taverna 

About

Charming spot on the water is owned by the former Ouzo folks, who turned this slightly seedy place into Greek taverna, painted white with blue accents. There’s a deck overlooking the Little River Canal that’s hung with twinkling lanterns at night. The menu is Greek and Mediterranean with some pastas as the chef is Argentine (try potato gnocchi in rabbit ragu). Start with sharable mezze, perhaps steamed mussels in ouzo, grilled sardines with lemon herb sauce or stuffed grape leaves. Seafood is flown in from Greece and Italy with the whole fish sent to a table for inspection, then roasted and filled as customers choose. Other good bets are boulliabaise, grilled shrimp with polenta, moussaka with a light béchamel, and spicy Morrocan lamb sausage with couscous. Desserts are made fresh daily. Best is coconut cake soaked in syrup.

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  • Greek, Mediterranean
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  • Dinner
  • Cheerful din
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