Niko's Restaurant (CLOSED)
187 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Sometimes, Boston's Hidden Restaurants discovers a restaurant that is a bit more hidden than most of the others on the site. From Apsara in Providence, Rhode Island, to Mezzo Mare in Hull to Tripoli Bakery in Lawrence, we have indeed found a few dining spots that are very well hidden. And while Niko's Restaurant is only a few hundred feet from Coolidge Corner, one of the busiest neighborhoods in the Boston area, it somehow remains a restaurant that few people seem to know about. Strange, since Niko's serves some of the best Greek food in the Boston area.
Niko's is a very simple place; it is buried in a block of stores just south of Beacon Street, and thus is rather easy to miss. The interior of the restaurant is small, with just a few tables, but it is uncluttered and the tables are spaced far enough apart so that you do not feel boxed in. The folks who work at Niko's seem to be genuinely nice people, and they seem to know many of the patrons who come into their restaurant; it is proof of an advantage that the small, individually-owned restaurants often have over the chains, which can sometimes feel impersonal.
The food at Niko's is classic Greek cuisine, with excellent gyros, mousaka, pastitsio, dolmadakia (grape leaves), zouzoukakia (Greek meatballs), and many other dishes. The soups at Niko's are particularly delicious, including an outstanding avegolemon (chicken, rice, egg, and lemon soup).
Sadly, there are few Greek restaurants in the Boston area. The ones that can be found in the region, however, are mostly very good places to eat. And Niko's Restaurant is surely near the top of the list. The place isn't all that cheap, but as is often the case, you pay for quality, and this is no exception. If you don't know about Niko's (and most people in the Boston area don't), it may be worth your while to make a trip to Coolidge Corner in Brookline to check this unpretentious little gem out.
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