Yassou! There’s a new neighbor in town. Hampton Bays welcomes Hampton Gyro and Grill, filling the need for affordable, authentic Greek cuisine.
Located in the same shopping center as Wild By Nature and Planet Fitness, Hampton Gyro retains a casual feel, akin to walking into a modern pizzeria or deli, with the menu written large on the wall. Patrons walking through the doors will be transported to Greece, or at least Astoria, Queens, as traditional Greek music plays throughout the restaurant.
Open since September, the ‘fast and casual’ Greek-American spot prides itself on serving food for a variety of tastes. American classics include mozzarella sticks, wings, hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese sandwiches. It also has a plethora of Greek options.
Upon glancing over the menu, my eyes widened when reading about the moussaka (layers of eggplant, potato, and ground beef topped with béchamel sauce), a traditional dish and one of my absolute favorites. Despite an immediate hankering, I opted to order a classic beef gyro with zucchini sticks, side Greek salad, and Greek fries (topped with feta cheese and Greek dressing). Each bite proved more filling then the last. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel with classic meals and Hampton Gyro stayed true to expectation.
The menu also includes spreads with warm pita chips such as hummus, tzatziki sauce, and whipped feta, spinach pie, falafel, souvlaki, salads, and wraps. For those looking to branch out, try Greek Nachos with whipped feta, olives, and tomato over pita chips, a Buffalo Chicken Gyro, or Pastichio (another traditional dish). Top off the meal with dessert of baklava or ice cream and order some house wine — rosé, red, or white, or a domestic or an imported beer — if you need more than a fountain drink.
You’ll leave feeling Greek in no time, minus the plate breaking.
Hampton Gyro is located at 252-1 West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Call 631-856-4101 or visit online at www.hamptongyro.com.