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505 Columbus Avenue, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
212-873-0200
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Ranked #959 of 11,667 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $7 - $23
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
Neighborhood:
Upper West Side
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between West 84th and 85th Streets
Transit: B & C trains to West 86th Street, 1 train to Broadway & 86 Street
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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English first
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Early 3 course dinner from 3-6 pm-$16.95 well worth it. Appetizer, entree, & dessert. Many good choices. All portions ample for sharing. Apps- 12 mussels in wine sauce with gigante beans, feta. Lots of flavor. Meat balls (2 large) , roasted garlic, olives, tomato. A special treat. Entre- grilled branzino, potato, olive, tomato. Grilled on both sides, two good large... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

Kefi Early 3 course dinner from 3-6 pm-$16.95 well worth it. Appetizer, entree, & dessert. Many good choices. All portions ample for sharing. Apps- 12 mussels in wine sauce with gigante beans, feta. Lots of flavor. Meat balls (2 large) , roasted garlic, olives, tomato. A special treat. Entre- grilled branzino, potato, olive, tomato. Grilled on both sides, two good... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

Despite its size, feels like smaller family run establishment . Very much appreciated waiter's non condescending and friendly helpfulness in response to my questions about menu and best way of drinking ouzo. Bit loud, full occupancy On Saturday evening. Food solid but short of great. Wonderful attitude of staff is best asset. Prices very good for NYC.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Looks can be deceiving. From the outside, Kefi looks like a small neighborhood Greek restaurant. Once inside, you realize this place is huge. The upstairs level is cozy, but taking a trip to the restrooms downstairs gives you a view of the amazing space downstairs. The furnishings bring you to the Mediterranean and the serving staff is both friendly and... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This was sooooo good! NYC has a ton of dinner choices. We went here because our airbnb host had recommended it and because their menu seemed like it could satisfy both the meat lovers and vegetarians in our group. We were so right! The salads were fresh & delectable (& one of us was able without any fuss to get... More

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New York City, New York
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71 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Seriously - Greek Heaven on Earth. We started with the grilled octopus and salmon salad - both were fabulous. I had the braised lamb shanks and my friend enjoyed the Branzino. Both were amazing. My friend's son devoured his mac and cheese. The staff were very helpful and attentive. I would definitely go back.

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Sharon, Connecticut, USA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a big restaurant with a full downstairs which is much quieter than upstairs and also great for large groups. Had the braised lamb shanks which were made to perfection. Started with the crispy cod and the chips tzatziki which was replete with garlic and very good. We also had sheep milk dumplings with spicy sausage which I would... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Probably the best Branzino (white, mild tasting flaky fish) I've ever tasted. It was served filleted (no bones at all) and grilled to perfection. Accompaniments included potatoes and vegetables. The entire meal was amazing. Great selection of Greek Wines and the server helped me choose. Other items on the menu included a wide choice of Greek dishes as well as... More

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Went in for a late lunch, which is no excuse for burning the souvlaki and the third rate cold chips as a side. Not at any price, but especially not at what they charge for it. We were very disappointed - any street vendor in Greece makes better souvlakia. Service was nice.

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New York City, New York
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218 reviews 218 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a great Upper West Side restaurant. Very buzzy and lively, the food and service are excellent. Sort of updated Greek cuisine at a very reasonable price. One of the best in this neighborhood.

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Additional Information about Kefi

Address: 505 Columbus Avenue, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: 212-873-0200
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 7 - 23
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean

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