Elia Taverna Opens In Chester Heights


Pale olive-green walls, olive trees from Greece and olive stencils on the windows: Elia means olive in Greek, and owner Rui Cunha and his brother-in-law, chef Michalaki Sarris, are taking that as a license for creativity in decor at the new Elia Taverna in the Chester Heights section of Eastchester.

There are doors that open to the sidewalk, and soon, custom-made tapestries, too, which will make for a comfortable, inviting place to order a quick gyro sandwich or enjoy a leisurely meal with a whole grilled fish as its centerpiece.

As Cunha puts it “people can dictate what they want to pay when they come in here.” Expect lots of appetizers and small plates, everything from octopus to tzatiki, gyros and souvlaki, and a rotating list of whole fish, including branzino, red snapper, red mullet, dorado, sardines and fangri, a fish Sarris says is from New Zealand.

Sounds delicious. And, get this: Cunha tells me he wants to be the Greek version of The Cookery. Well, all right!

The 411 on Elia Taverna.

The link will work soon. Ti then: 502 New Rochelle Road, Eastcheter. 914-663-4976.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. These guys are terrific. They did a demo class for http://www.sunywcc.edu the other night. Terrific. The food is outstanding and the hospitality even greater. This is a must. They are conveniently located right at exit 14 off Hutch. Superb quality and lots of fun!

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