Editor’s note: This is food writer Devin Healey’s first column for TAPinto New Brunswick.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It turns out you don’t need to cross the Atlantic to get great Mediterranean food.

Two weeks ago, I was invited to a night of hospitality and a smorgasbord of delicious Greek cuisine in my own backyard.

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New Athens Corner has been a staple of the Highland Park culinary community since 1995. But owner Tony Kanterakis announced a potential expansion of the gourmet boutique with a “Taste of Greece”—which will soon bring the food to New Brunswick for one night—coupled with the introduction of a new pastry chef who did not disappoint.

Photo by Devin Healey

Tony and his team welcomed friends, family, local residents and members of the press into their impressive space on Woodbridge Avenue with a spread of savory and sweet Greek delicacies. The night also included wine tastings with notes from Walter Bolivar of Vintage Imports, coffee and espresso and unique homemade ice cream from his business partner Elios Papa’s “Greek Cream.”

The event included Mediterranean classics like grape leaves, spanakopita, tyropita, baklava, ekmek kataifi and galaktobouriko, as well as creative new dishes and a preview of what's to come. Just check out the photos to see what you’re missing.

Interested in learning more about or purchasing some of New Athens Corner’s authentic, imported and homemade goods? Follow the restaurant on Facebook or Instagram, or visit them in person at 28 Woodbridge Ave., Highland Park. If my trip was any indication, you’ll be welcomed with a smile and open arms.

New Athens Corner’s next “Taste of Greece" event is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 26 in the lobby of The George, 285 George St., New Brunswick. Expect the same delectable Greek treats, stellar wine and friendly faces.

Devin Healey knows food and drink. In addition to writing columns for TAPinto New Brunswick, he runs a blog network called CougEats. You can find more of his work on Facebook and Instagram.