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Ithaka

#1,486 of 12,022 Restaurants in New York City
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Upper East Side
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308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028 (Second Avenue)
4,5,6 subway stops at 86th street and Lexington Ave.
(212) 628-9100
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12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Ithaca, a marvelous journey

A visit to Ithaca is a journey to the authentic tastes of Greece. I do not review restaurants with only one visit. This upper east side restaurant has become a landmark of Greek cuisine and in all my visits I enjoyed quality food and attentive service. Fresh fish if grilled properly needs just a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Stelios T
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New York, New York, United States
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  • Romantic
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A visit to Ithaca is a journey to the authentic tastes of Greece. I do not review restaurants with only one visit. This upper east side restaurant has become a landmark of Greek cuisine and in all my visits I enjoyed quality food and attentive service. Fresh fish if grilled properly needs just a dash of olive oil and lemon... More 

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is Greek. They bring a tray of uncooked fish for the customers to inspect before considering. There is a red pepper sauce, which accompanies the pit bread. The best. They also do fine chicken and fish. If you are a dessert person, they excel her, as well. Prices are reasonable for a "real" restaurant. Full bar available.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I was here with 25 friends for a big dinner and the service could not have been better. We were very well looked after by the waitstaff and the chef himself. Plus, the food was all quite tasty. The menu has a large selection of seafood but plenty of other dishes (I very much enjoyed the baby lamb with orzo).... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Ithaka is a neighborhood restaurant on the Upper East Side of New York that has been here for decades. The food is quite good, though little on the high side. Service is excellent. What I particularly like about this place is that it is not noisy like most restaurants today. You can actually come here with people you would like... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

We just like seafood places in the city and a place where we can have a whole fish :-) but can be fillet by the table at your reqest. Bronzino, dorado, snapper etc daily specials prepared with different sauces and already comes with rice and veggies. Nice decor and the service is very attentive. Recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have been to Ithaka four times and each time I tried a different fish offering. My most recent visit was with a group of five friends and we all enjoyed a variety of dished including red snapper, lamb and very large prawns. The Greek wine that we shared was excellent as the wine list offered a nice selection. The... More 

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Niskayuna, New York
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42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Ithaka is a restaurant reminiscent of our time spent in Greece. The décor is the whitewashed stucco of the Greek isles. The owners are lovely and the service is excellent. There are a wide variety of wines to chose from and it is fun to have a traditional Greek pine barrel wine (what is made in the Tavernas in Greece).... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Terrific neighborhood Greek spot. Not sure they've ever disappointed over years of visits. Would certainly return and send friends as well.

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Yardley, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Nobody would ever accuse this restaurant of being cheap, but it's not pretentious. Instead, the focus is on tasty food. There's quite a variety: a daily fresh fish selection that's presented to you on a platter, as well as regular seafood dishes and meats, often in the form of a stew. The vegetables tend to be simple and fresh. Don't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I was so looking forward to trying this restaurant after reading all of the great reviews. However, I could not have been more disappointed! I ordered a salad. However, the Greek salad dressing was truly awful- creamy and tasted very fishy. The feta in the salad was also very creamy- not what I had in mind when I ordered traditional... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028
    (Second Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5,6 subway stops at 86th street and Lexington Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 628-9100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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