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Kefi

#1,369 of 11,445 Restaurants in New York City
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Upper West Side
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505 Columbus Avenue, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Between West 84th and 85th Streets)
B & C trains to West 86th Street, 1 train to Broadway & 86 Street
212-873-0200
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Chef Michael Psilakis and partner Donatella Arpaia have moved their rustic...
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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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Suggested by a friend. We zoomed here after visiting the Statue of Liberty. The Sea Bass was the highlight with super crispy skin and tender meat. However the mezza dip platter that my friend ordered for the table was disappointing. Smokey favors took over the taste of the whole platter. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Buckden, United Kingdom
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  • Families with children
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

It's one thing to be busy, but we were there on Saturday night and the level of stress in the place was palpable. The hostess was stressed and took forever to check people in/seat people -- she kept getting interrupted by staff who was also stressed. it took over 20 minutes for a server to show up at our table... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Suggested by a friend. We zoomed here after visiting the Statue of Liberty. The Sea Bass was the highlight with super crispy skin and tender meat. However the mezza dip platter that my friend ordered for the table was disappointing. Smokey favors took over the taste of the whole platter. The super star was the mussels.....Oh sweet tomato...feta...yummy mussel love!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Delicious greek food with great twist on in house cocktails, delicious versions of traditional greek spreads and accommodating service.Very good!

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We had some decent food, but the waiter needed a lot of training. We ordered a salad to split and two main dishes. Ten minutes later the waiter came back and told us they didn't have all of the ingredient for the salad and asked if we wanted to order a different starter. We declined. Five minutes later, still, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Again and constantly Kefi was good. Took the calmars with the greek salad, my friends took the pita chicken souvlaki and the homemade chips with tsatziki, except for the orzo with shrimp that the nephew didn't like at all, said it had no taste and the shrimp were too cooked. Everything else was good. I do recommend this restaurant...just don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Excellent. The warm feta with pita is amazing! House red wine is delicious too. Very reasonably priced - and great service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Kefi serves very good greek food in a casual atmosphere. The food is good, and is pretty reasonably prices, to boot. We ate there for dinner and enjoyed the selection of spreads, though the chicken souvlaki was the big hit, followed closely by the pasta with Greek sausage. While it wasn't the best food that we ate in NY, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is one of my favorite Greek restaurant in the city. The food was great. They have a great Greek wine selection as well and the prices are reasonable for NYC. Our only complaint was the noise in the restaurant (we were almost screaming at each other to be heard), which is to be somewhat expected in NYC.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Amazing service and food. Try the 3 scrambled eggs and definetly add the sausage. Sangria was ok. Come before noon and food will be expedited. :) Will return again with family and fiends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Food was delicious. Great spice to the lamb. Hummus was incredible. Average mixed drink specials, but enjoI would love to go back again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 505 Columbus Avenue, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024
    (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
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: 212-873-0200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 23
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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.
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

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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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 theater 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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