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Kefi

#1,241 of 11,213 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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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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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 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: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Delivery, Late Night, 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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Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 10
    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
Upbeat atmosphere, Casual, Good Greek food

We were a party of 4 on a Wednesday evening. Three meat eaters and one vegan/vegetarian (me). The carnivores were very happy with the grilled octopus starter and baby lamb chops. I enjoyed the vegan white bean soup but it could have used a bit more spice. There weren't many vegan options so I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
DadhitstheRoad
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Canada, Quebec
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We have been to this restaurant many times. We are never disapointed. Calmars, chicken souvlakis, fish, everything is good. They make homemade chips..really good, their greek salad is one of the best I ate. and the price is really good. it's also in a district that you don't have a hard time finding a parking spot. I recommend

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Cary, North Carolina
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24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We were in the city for a family function that started at 5, however we had a couple hours to kill before hand. And found Kefi, it was perfect, Happy Hour is from 3-6, at the bar, they have small greek sanwiches and dishes for 3.95 a peice and half price cocktails. We had the Pork Sulvoki and pulled pork... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We were a party of 4 on a Wednesday evening. Three meat eaters and one vegan/vegetarian (me). The carnivores were very happy with the grilled octopus starter and baby lamb chops. I enjoyed the vegan white bean soup but it could have used a bit more spice. There weren't many vegan options so I settled on a Chickpea, Eggplant &... More 

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New York City, New York
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318 reviews 318 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Went her for dinner on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was not very crowded but yet we had mediocre service. The food was fine but not great. We ordered a variety of items and was really disappointed in the chicken souvlaki platter, which should have been a really good dish. The chicken was all dark meat and very tough. The... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Was looking for a unique restaurant on the upper west side and frankly there wasn't a huge choice but Kefi caught my eye so I booked it for lunch. The food was perfect...I mean really good. Super fresh....and I felt like I was back in Greece between the feta, olives and fresh fish!! I would for sure return to this... More 

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Canada, Quebec
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28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Quality - Price = excellent. The food is good, service is good, price is good. We stop here everytime we are in NYC. This time I tried the souvlaki chicken plate, was very good. Their Calamari with their fried chickpea are really good. Their Tzatziki and their home made chips are good. My friend took the fish he finished all... More 

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Marlton, NJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We held a bridal shower for my daughter. The food was wonderful, 3 appetizers family style, we had the octopus salad, it was memorable. The Greek salad was great too of course. We also had the branzino, which everyone loved. We brought in our own cake. The service was excellent. We added on the drink package of mimosas and sangria,... More 

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Livingston, New Jersey
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106 reviews 106 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Went to Kefi for lunch today. First time there. Had the Kefi salad with salmon added. It was outstanding. A good place for lunch where they let you sit and eat and relax. Really good cappuccino too.

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Lindenhurst, New York
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10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

At first, I thought I was going to be disappointed because they don't have grape leaves and they don't have fries to stuff into my souvlaki. But this was a winner! We all shared two appetizers, Yaya's Homemade Meatballs, served with pita and tzatziki, which were moist and delicious, and calamari, served with a side of tzatziki and roasted chickpeas,... More 

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Sumter, South Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We dined here during our recent trip to NYC and quite enjoyed it. The food is excellent and the portion sizes are perfect. I know other reviewers have mentioned the noise level, and it is on the noisier side. However, the earlier in the evening you dine (before 7pm), the less crowded/noisy it is. Downstairs is quieter than upstairs, so... More 

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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: Families with children, Large groups

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

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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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