Nisi Estiatorio Open in Englewood January 15, 2009 Location Undergoes Complete Overhaul, New York Veterans Lead Staff

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Long-time New York City chef, John Piliouras, and General Manager Michael Liristis, lead a staff of restaurant professionals in the operation of Nisi Estiatorio, opened in Englewood, New Jersey, January 15th, 2009. Located at 90 Grand Avenue, (201) 567-4700, five minutes from the George Washington Bridge and steps away from the Performing Arts Center, Nisi embodies the beauty and serenity of the Greek isles with its dramatic renovation, delicious authentic Greek menu, and warm, welcoming attitude. Nisi means island in Greek.

This is a Classic French style of cooking, using the finest Greek ingredients.

Chef and partner Piliouras, formerly of Manhattan's critically acclaimed Molyvos Restaurant, brings his finely honed talent for authentic Greek food to his menu at Nisi. Featuring pristine selections of fresh whole fish, sparkling seafood and complex dishes of superb lamb, pork and beef, he describes the menu as bridging the classic seafood display of Greece with the sophisticated, alluring dishes of a more urban restaurant. In his own words, "This is a Classic French style of cooking, using the finest Greek ingredients." It is a menu of dishes both simple and complex, reminding some guests of their grandmothers' recipes, but prepared by the expert hands of Chef Piliouras.

General Manager and partner Michael Liristis will oversee a dining room and a bar lounge area on the ground floor level, as well as Nisi's secluded private dining room one floor below. A dramatic renovation that completely transformed this space includes vaulted ceilings, soft curtains, and the installation of a waterfall as a backdrop to the fresh seafood display in the main dining room. A glass-enclosed wine cellar housing 130 labels of well-chosen wines, about 40% Greek, is also a dining room focal point. The spacious bar, with banquettes, cocktail tables and bar seating, is a warm and inviting blend of natural materials (chestnut wood floors, stone inlaid table tops) and stunning color.

Mr. Liristis is training his carefully chosen wait staff in what the owners, the Mourkakos Family, describe as kerasma, the Greek word for hospitality. It is that indescribable charm, that alluring something that a place has, and you know it when you see it. Nisi begins lunch service on Monday, February 16th, opening at 11am. Dinner is served 5 to 11pm daily, and Sundays 4-9pm. To reserve or book a private party, phone (201) 567-4700 or visit


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