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Weekend picks: Greek life

Is your figure less than Greek? Maybe more than Greek?

Well, Valentines, funny and otherwise, it's your weekend — when each day is Valentine's Day. Here are three eateries to bring you some Santorini sun and good Greek cuisine, too.

Alexandros excels for its warm style, traditional Greek dishes and juicy steaks. Try the eggplant spread, grilled octopus, feta cheese drizzled with olive oil, moussaka made with chopped sirloin, and the whole, grilled red snapper, porgy or dorado. Sample lemony potatoes, too. For dessert, consider galaktoboureko, a custard; and baklava.

Alexandros is at 1060 Rte. 25A, Mount Sinai; 631-928-8600.

The casual Athena prepares fine dips, especially taramasalata with roe, and the eggplant spread, served with toasted pita bread; moussaka, either with meat or a vegetarian version, each under a béchamel cloudlet; spanakopita, or spinach and feta in phyllo; and lamb shish kebab. Chocolate-and-walnut baklava and the tall apricot cake with coconut icing lead the sweets.

Athena is in the Amity Mall, at 65A Merrick Rd., Amityville; 631-691-4607.

And near the Bethpage rail station is Opa Grille, a pleasant eatery for saganaki, or pan-seared kefalograviera cheese; hummus; feta dip with roasted peppers; hearty grilled loukaniko sausage; either meat or vegetarian moussaka; generous pastitsio; fried calamari; broiled lamb chops and broiled rib steak.

Opa Grille is at 505A Stewart Ave., Bethpage; 516-933-1062.

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