A First Look at Aqualis and Its ‘Straightforward, Eclectic, Traditional’ Greek Food

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Photo: Melissa Hom

Michael Psilakis’s Gus and Gabriel is poised to open tomorrow (more on that shortly), and Brooklyn is also getting a newcomer helmed by a first-generation Greek-American chef. When Aqualis opens later this week in Fort Greene (owner Gorian Papa, a higher-up at the Zanzibar group for over a decade, hopes to start dinner service by Thursday with brunch and lunch to follow), chef John Tsakinas (most recently the chef de cuisine at Kellari Taverna and before that the owner of Piggin’ Out and a cook at Petrossian, Windows on the World, and others) will show off what he says will be “very straightforward eclectic, traditional cooking” using the freshest possible ingredients. His “labor of love” will entail daily runs to the Hunts Point fish market for whole-fish entrées, as well as sourcing other ingredients from local purveyors. While the five-seat bar awaits its beer-and-wine license, it’s making sodas in-house. Take a look at the menu, and at the room furnished with finds from North Fork antique shops.

Spreads
Yogurt 4
Cucumber & dill

Eggplant 4
Lightly roasted

Feta 4
Spicy red pepper

Fava 4
Split pea puree

Appetizers
Veggie chips 8
Yogurt & cucumber dip

Octopus 10
Olive oil & red wine vinegar

Mussels 10
Steamed with ouzo, saffron, tomato & feta

Sardines 9
Lightly grilled with fresh herbs & olive oil

Fritto Misto 9
Fried calamari, shrimp & spicy tomato sauce

Grilled Calamari 10
Lemon saffron vinaigrette

Grilled Clams 11
Oregano

Cured Salmon 8
Ouzo, capers & dill

Salad
Shepherd's Salad 7
Tomato, cucumber, red onion & Manouri cheese

Romaine Salad 8
Yogurt, dill & feta dressing

Whole Grilled Fish
Served with your choice of one side order

Mediterranean Sea Bass m/p

Red Snapper m/p

Porgy m/p

Entrées
Atlantic Salmon 16
Steamed wild greens

Cod Filet 18
Sautéed spinach

Pan Roasted Scallops 18
Cannellini beans

Sword Fish Kebob 19
Steamed wild greens & saffron vinaigrette

Grilled Shrimp 19
Orzo in light tomato sauce

Fried Whiting 15
Roasted beets

Lamb Chops 21
Hand cut fries

Roasted Half Chicken 16
Mashed potato

Sides
Hand Cut Fries 4

Steamed Wild Greens 4

Orzo 4

Beet Salad 4

Aqualis, 773 Fulton Street, nr. South Oxford St., Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-797-3494