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Kefi

#1,338 of 11,276 Restaurants in New York City
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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 113
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    Very good
  • 24
    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
Good not great

The food is decent but nothing fantastic in my opinion. I lived in Astoria (NYC Greek) for a few years and the Greek food is much better there. That said if you don't want to take the extra hour to get there, this place will do the trick. The service was just okay, and the food was good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
Josh and Vivian B
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Bronxville, New York
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent octopus, lamb shank, branzino. Lively (some might say loud) when it's full. The restaurant responded immediately when I reported that the men's room was disgusting. Wines are a bit over-priced, but NYC mark-ups are exorbitant everywhere. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Kefi is OK, but hardly “very good”. Virtually every dish has lemon or tomato sauce in it, so if one of these flavors is your thing, you may rate the food better than my 2.5 to 3. Also, if you are nearby and need refueling, Kefi offers a short menu between 4 pm and 6 pm that offers a choice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The food is decent but nothing fantastic in my opinion. I lived in Astoria (NYC Greek) for a few years and the Greek food is much better there. That said if you don't want to take the extra hour to get there, this place will do the trick. The service was just okay, and the food was good. Standard pricing... More 

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Oakland, California, Usa
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Kefi apparently has its detractors, and is close to pandemonium when full, but we had a fine (albeit noisy) time there last week. When we arrived at 830, the noise level was shattering, but as the tables cleared over the next hour we were able to talk without screaming at each other -- incidentally, a noise NY restaurant is a... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

really enjoyed my good lunch at Kefi. Delicious greek food and wonderful prices! Great location not far from central park or the museum of natural history. So much to see and eat in this city, and this place is always a highlight. Local atmosphere rather than touristy. I really enjoy it.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Dinner last night at Kefi with family and friends. Place was hoping, nice crowd, great White Sangria. The service was friendly, was not rushed so we could enjoy our conversation. The food was very good. We will return

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Canada, Quebec
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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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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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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253 restaurant reviews
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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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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>  > Upper West Side
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 to $23
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek

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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 to $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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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