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Kefi

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505 Columbus Ave, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024-4467 (Between West 84th and 85th Streets)
+1 212-873-0200
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17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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Australia
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187 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second time here this year after a local recommended it to me. Great staff, good wholesome non-pretentious Greek food Great lunch menu and some of my fave Tsantali Kanenas(literally means No-one) Rose Looking forward to visiting on my next trip to NYC

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Thank Con B
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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108 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

My girlfriend and some friends had dinner here before the Steely Dan show at the beacon theater. The atmosphere was Saturday night hoppin' without being crazy enough to inhibit conversation. We got a little table towards the back near the kitchen without reservations, which was nice. The calamari appetizer was quite could and their selection of Rioja wines was excellent.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I visited alone on a Friday night, and after putting in my order, received word from home that I would need to rush back. The server was extremely attentive and compassionate, and turned my order into a takeaway quickly. Appetizers: Eggplant- rather bland, would not order again Tzatziki- creamy and amazing! highly recommended Pita- delicious and fresh Main: Lamb-- DELICIOUS.... More 

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Thank cosmopobeth
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This is a wonderful Greek/Mediterranean restaurant that has a robust menu, generous portions and extremely friendly wait staff. they have both a before 6:00 P.M. menu and a prefix menu that by New York prices are low. Everything is fresh and authentic. Every time I go back, I always ask why don't I go there more often.

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Thank Dr Mel K
New York City, New York
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822 reviews
547 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

KEFI has an upstairs and downstairs we chose downstairs as we were told it was quieter. I personally would've stayed upstairs because I like lively. I started with the butternut squash soup which was quite a generous portion and very good. For my main course I had the trout which was plain but good. I had one of the Greek... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Had dinner here over the weekend with some friends. We were expecting an outstanding Greek meal, given the reputation, but we we were not impressed. The Greek Paella and lamb shank dinners our friends had were good. The whole lavraki was good, but we get better in Astoria. The pork souvlaki I had was overcooked, tough and had no flavor... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Great service and great food. Really a 4.5. We had breakfast and some had lunch. The egg dishes and skillets were very good and came out hot. Sandwiches were large and very tasty. Homemade potato chips were great? Server was Axilleas, very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended

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Stony Brook, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

A friend and I took a chance and were very surprised at the variety and quality of food. The staff was friendly; the food delicious and the prices reasonable. We both would return.

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Thank Anthony B
New York
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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner at Kefi based on the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area. The restaurant is extremely spacious with a bar area on the street level, a main dining area a few steps up and additional seating in the lower level. The ambiance was casual and welcoming. As for the food, we shared... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I have been here twice (once for dinner, once for brunch) and love it! Great atmosphere, great service. It's a super menu for adults and teens alike. The octopus is exceptional. I will return when I visit NYC again!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$23
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 Columbus Ave, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024-4467
    (Between West 84th and 85th Streets)
  • Public Transportation: B & C trains to West 86th Street, 1 train to Broadway & 86 Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-873-0200
Description
Chef Michael Psilakis and partner Donatella Arpaia have moved their rustic Greek gem, Kefi, to a larger space at 505 Columbus Avenue. The new, 200-seat interior evokes the feeling of a palatial Greek hideaway broken up into several smaller dining rooms to keep Kefi’s intimate appeal. The menu of favorites straight from Psilakis’ childhood will remain the same with some new additions. Signature dishes like Baccala, crispy-fried cod with garlic potatoes and tomato, Grilled Octopus with bean salad, and Hilopita, baked pasta with rabbit ragout and béchamel are still on offer. Additions include Grilled Sardines with chopped “Greek Salad” and garlic sauce, Macaronia Spestofai, tubular pasta with Greek sausage, peppers, onions, tomato and feta and an entirely new section of Greek Sandwiches featuring house-made sausages and pork and lamb gyro.

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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