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55 E 54th St, Between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10022-4206
+1 212-759-5554
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“moussaka” (28 reviews)
“grilled octopus” (37 reviews)
“greek salad” (33 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
55 E 54th St, Between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10022-4206
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Nerai
1. Seconds Anyone?
"was so good we returned for dinner a second time the following evening"
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2. Duck Moussaka
"The duck moussaka is unbelieavably awesome! "
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3. Simply Superb!
"This restaurant is one of the finest in New York"
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1 - 10 of 507 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a fantastic place to enjoy Greek Mediterranean food. Service was great & the place has beautiful ambience. Will surely wanna go back.

Thank Wanderer546047
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I met friends here for dinner and drinks. We had reservations for the evening and stopped by the bar for pre-dinner drinks. Let me start by saying the restaurant is absolutely beautiful! The decor and ambiance is spot on!! The drink menu...More

2  Thank ShannonClarkeHR
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat upstairs, which was suggested if we wanted a little quieter evening. It was charming. Service was terrifc. We did the tasting menu, 4 courses, which was plenty. Everything was good, especially the pasta with lobster. The fish was light and fresh, and the...More

Thank cheryl2425
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nerai probably is the most unusual and creative Greek restaurants I’ve ever visited. Set in an elegant and sophisticated white dining room, the experience is first rate overall. Dishes are beautifully Plated and the flavors are superb. Authentic yet nouvelle and different. Also, the service...More

2  Thank JimF342
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in town for the weekend and stayed at the Omni. Nerai was a couple of blocks away so easy to get to. The food was fantastic and the wine menu with some Greek wine options was wonderful. Highly recommend this restaurant

Thank Mary C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a day of touring NYC this was the perfect ending. The service was wonderful and our meal was delicious.

Thank Kelly D
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are three excellent Greek restaurants in NYC. The other two are well known, but tend to be very noisy and tend to rely on their reputation. Nerai, on the other hand offers an elegant venue, with professional service and simply stunning food.

2  Thank Laurence L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant came highly recommended, but turned out very disappointing. The small piece of the grilled octopus was good, but the rest of the dishes lacked in flavor and the shrimps were way overcooked.

Thank Kasia Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a management meeting and we choose Nerai, it’s a very nice Greek restaurant. We tasted a very pleasant Greek red wine and I ate the lamb chops that were really good from quality of meat and cooking level.

Thank ofer1965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love Greek food and I especially love metal. Their tzatziki is next level. Spicey feta is amazing. Ambiance is wonderful. Great service and great Greek food. highly recommend the lavraki or lobster pasta

Thank beauphus
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18 March 2018|
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Response from janvipd | Reviewed this property |
they have a downstairs and upstairs and a location upstairs that is off to the front that would provide space for that size group with greater privacy. however, when we dined there noise was not an issue!
susan h
20 January 2018|
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Response from Nutmeg2003 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk unless you have lots of time. Traffic will determine how long a taxi/Uber ride will take. There may be equally good choices closer to you.
Bean L
28 May 2017|
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Response from Ellenem1234 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure exactly what you mean by "pet friendly". We do not allow dogs inside restaurants in New York State if that is what you are asking.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 E 54th St, Between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10022-4206
    (Madison and Park)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-759-5554
  • E-mail
NERAI offers a contemporary twist on sophisticated Greek dining in the heart of the city. We feature a vivacious bar, energetic dining rooms and a beguiling private event space. Flavorful seafood focused dishes and extraordinary drinks are stripped down to their simple essence, and then presented beautifully. Our polished service team pays attention to each individual guest, striving to make their experience outstanding. With two floors of dining, we also offer incredible rooms for your private events. Our attention to detail will provide you with impressed guests.
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