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Kyma: A Gorgeous, All-White Two-Story Ode to the Greek Islands

The Closest You're Getting to Santorini in Flatiron

By Ilana Dadras ·
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Photo: Oleg March

Finding a date on board for a Greek Island-inspired date is your job.

We know for a fact that's not going to be difficult.

Because let us direct your attention to Kyma Flatiron: a stunning two-story oasis that leans heavily into its Santorini theme, for you and said date's benefit. It's open right as you read these very words.

Come by on a summer evening you'd like to pretend to be in Greece. From the moment you step in off of 18th Street, you'll see what we mean. Pass the all-white bar and the row of rosé above it, and head straight back into the all-white dining room, outfitted with Greek pottery sourced from Athens, olive trees and lighting meant to mimic a sunset. "Are those gargoyles?" your date may inquire. "They are," you might respond. "Meant to protect the home from bad luck in Ancient Greece." "Is that an ice bed topped with giant tiger shrimp and langoustines?" they may add. "It is," you might respond, hoping they stop pointing out decorative elements.

Now, settle into a booth and get some cocktails flowing: maybe the the Kyma Spritz, which uses sap grown on the mastic trees of the Island of Chios, or their Old Fashioned, made with Vysino cherries. Then, start with some cheese-stuffed calamari and sesame feta with fig jam before getting into some whole lavraki with fresh herbs or marinated swordfish skewers. Check out the menu right here

If and when you're looking for a place for a night cap that fits the vibe, head over to the nearby Mykonos Blue on top of Hotel Hayden for fig-vodka drinks on the rooftop. 

Then, and only then, will your faux-trip to Santorini be complete.

Kyma, now open, 15 W 18th St (between 5th Ave & 6th Ave), 212-268-5555, see the menu and the slideshow

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.

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