To Spiti, the name of Alma Selmanay’s new Greek takeout joint, means “my home” in her native language. Her home was Athens before she moved to the United States a handful of years ago and got a front-of-house job at Anthis on the Upper West Side. “I worked there five years, I said, ‘I open my store,'” she told us. Now her home is on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, where she’s making what she insists is “the best” lamb-beef gyro as well as other “traditional, traditional” dishes such as moussaka, tzatziki, babaganoush, and taramasalata.
Selmanay takes particular pride in the thick, “full-fat” yogurt she makes every day. She blends in walnut or pistachio, as well as fruits such as mango, apricot, cherry, and fig. “The desserts are very good here,” she promises. With everything on the menu priced at $6 and under, To Spiti may become your home, too.
To Spiti, 160 Havemeyer Ave., bet. S. 2nd and 3rd Sts., Williamsburg.