Opa Greek Cuisine in Wayne Offers Authentic Dishes in a Relaxed Atmosphere

Published: 12/19/2012 by WayneShopper.com

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Opa Greek Cuisine in Wayne Offers Authentic Dishes in a Relaxed Atmosphere

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    Known for its Branzini, grilled, whole Mediterranean sea bass, Opa Greek Cuisine offers authentic, freshly prepared Greek food in a relaxed, family atmosphere.    Owned by partners Thomas (TJ) Turner, James Sayilik and Milton Arimblias, the restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.  The extensive menu features hot and cold appetizers, salads, pitas, souvlaki platters, traditional entrees and desserts. A full service bar offers 30 varieties of Greek wine, ouzo and Mythos, a Greek beer, as well as traditional bar drinks.
   
    Located at 37 Berdan Avenue, Opa has been serving large portions of freshly prepared Greek cuisine to the Wayne community for nearly 3 years.   To begin their meal, guests have a large selection of cold and hot appetizers to choose from.  Popular cold favorites include such offerings as chick pea dip, roasted eggplant dip, Tzatziki, traditional Greek yogurt with cucumbers and garlic, and spicy feta cheese with jalapeno peppers, to name a few.   Hot appetizers run the gamut from Greek beans to Greek sausage to spinach and cheese pie to artichoke hearts to grilled octopus, fried squid and jump lump crab meat.
   
    Soup and salad choices are also varied and include chicken Avgolemono and lentil soups, as well as soup of the day.  Greek, Horiatiki, calamari, grilled chicken and grilled seafood salads are served for both lunch and dinner.
   
    Souvlakin pitas are served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Tzatziki sauce and include such fillings as chicken, falafel, pork, grilled vegetables, beef, bifteki (Greek ground beef), lamb and shrimp.  Traditional Souvlaki platters include all of the above as well as fries or rice.
   
    When it comes to traditional Greek dishes, Opa does not disappoint.  It’s menu features such favorites as Imam Baldi, which is baked roasted eggplant with onions, garlic, parsley and tomato sauce; Pastaichio, a baked macaroni dish with ground beef and béchamel sauce; Mousaka, baked layers of eggplant, potato, ground beef and béchamel sauce; Chicken Mikrolimano with tomatoes, feta cheese, garlic an oregano over orzo; Lamb Kokinisto, lamb chunks in tomato sauce over orzo; and roasted chicken, skirt steak and grilled vegetables.
   
    Main course entrees also include seafood options such as Branzini (sea bass), Shrimp Mikrolimano served with tomatoes, feta cheese, garlic and oregano over orzo, grilled shrimp, octopus and calamari over rice and grilled vegetables and sautéd seafood.  Daily fish specials are available.
   
    For desserts, guests are treated to authentic Greek favorites including Galatobouriko, a farina dish with honey and nuts, Greek yogurt, rice pudding, Baklava (layers of phyllo dough with honey and nuts) and Loukoumades, a light and airy Greek zeppole filled with authentic Italian Nutella or honey.  All desserts are prepared on premises.
   
    Opa welcomes its youngest patrons with a children’s menu offering meatballs, grilled cheese, grilled chicken, chicken fingers, orzo with tomato sauce and pizza.  Kids meals are served with french fries or rice.
   
    Daily lunch specials are offered at Opa for $9.95.  All lunch specials include entrée and soft drink, for both dine in or dine out.  Typical lunch offerings include spinach, cheese or artichoke pie with Greek salad, stuffed pepper or calamari with Greek salad, grilled chicken served over a bed of rice, zucchini, onion, Tzatziki and pita or served over Greek beans with a pita, souvlaki pita and fried, meat or chicken kebab with rice, fries or Greek salad and Mousaka, vegetable Mousaka or Pastaichio with Greek salad.
   
    The restaurant often has live piano and guitar entertainment in the dining room and offers catering and corporate parties.  For those with special dietary needs, 90 percent of Opa’s menu is gluten-free and only soy oil is used in food preparation.  Vegetarians will find plenty to choose from on Opa’s menu, including falafel, mousaka and grilled vegetable platters.
   
    Opa’s full service bar offers both red and white Greek wine.  “Our customers have 30 different wines to choose from and each bottle is only $20,” says TJ Turner adding, “We also offer happy hour 7 days a week with drink and appetizer specials.”
   
    Opa is open Monday-Friday from 11:30 am to close and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to close.  All major credit cards are accepted and ample parking is available.
For catering and private parties, contact TJ Turner at tj@opanj.com.   Opa can be reached at 973-706-8888, fax at 973-706-8887 or on the web at www.opanj.com.