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308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028 (Manhattan)
(212) 628-9100
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Ranked #2,029 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Upper East Side
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Second Avenue
Transit: 4,5,6 subway stops at 86th street and Lexington Ave.
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English first
New York City, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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New York City, New York
2 reviews
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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95 reviews 95 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was absolutely amazing!!! The food was delicious and the menu had so many good dishes it was extremely difficult to not want the whole menu. Anyone who is in New York or are planning to go should definitely take a trip to ithaka! I'm Greek so I had high expectations going to this Greek restaurant but I was... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Where do I start? We came for a visit to NYC and just happened to find Ithaka when we needed a place to eat on Christmas Eve. They ha reservations available and good reviews so I went for it. WOW, am I glad we did! It was superb...... It's on our must-do list for NYC now. The fish was outstanding,... More 

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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The upper east side can be chancy--it's all expensive but not all of it is great food. Ithaka's food was fresh, their service was friendly. I stuck to sea food options--grilled calamari and mussels--with some tsatziki. Everything was excellent. If you're used to menu prices outside of New York City, it might look pricey, but the food was a value.

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Bernardsville, New Jersey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Had an early dinner on a Wednesday night. Restaurant was quiet, but I think even busy the staff pays attention to all customers. We took the recommended Greek red that they called heavy, which it be for Greece, but would say only a little bolder than a Pinot. It was though very good. The sagenaki was was excellent and I... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We chose this restaurant based on location close to our hotel and great reviews, and a shared love of Greek food! We were overall very pleased. Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly. The restaurant was warm and inviting. The staff all work together and clearly have a passion for what they do. As for the food- we had a variety... More 

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Additional Information about Ithaka

Address: 308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028
Phone Number: (212) 628-9100
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood

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