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505 Columbus Avenue, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #924 of 11,662 Restaurants in New York City
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Price range: $7 - $23
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
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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
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Had a wonderful meal at Kefi tonight. Walked in ,got seated,we ordered and boom, the food arrived. The food was excellent , I mean really good. The service was spot-on and we are going to do it again before we leave NYC in a week's time.

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New York City, New York
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135 reviews 135 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Kefi is a neighborhood gem! Go early and sit upstairs, it is very energetic. The downstairs is quieter but not as much fun as upstairs. The wait staff is very nice and was spot on with their food and wine recommendations! The management, wait staff and other assorted employees were all attentive.

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Milton Keynes
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65 reviews 65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Had the pork souvlaki which comes with a nice Greek salad and potato chips. so tasty and enormous portions. Friendly service and refills of soda. You will not be disappointed with this place.

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Calgary, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I enjoy excellent Greek cuisine and had read many good reviews about this restaurant, so, when I recently found myself on the UWS, I decided to have dinner here. Unfortunately, Kefi served up the worst meal I have ever eaten in Manhattan. This establishment should be ashamed to call itself a Greek restaurant: the disgusting food bears no semblance to... More

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Hampton Bays, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Kefi is very popular so it's best to get there before 8pm. The food was fantastic and the staff helpful, polite and efficient. Prices are reasonable. Highly recommend you try it..

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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Kefi has really good food, but to wait for nearly 2 hours for delivery is a bit much when I was told that it would take 45 minutes!

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las vegas, nv
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83 reviews 83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I loved the food although I must say that the noise levels prevented my very good rating. Perhaps because I am not a New Yorker, accustomed to high decibel levels at dining around the city we found it difficult to enjoy ourselves. I would rx that you go early or late and downstairs seemed to be less noisy than up... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Food and service were excellent. Seating downstairs was really too close for my taste,but not bad enough to keep me from returning. The bill was quite reasonable for an excellent dinner with great service for the Upper West Side in New York City.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We have been to Kefi before their flood and were pleasantly surprised how good their earl dinner was. Served from 3-6 it includes a starter like meatballs or soup, a main dish and desert. For 16.95 this is a steal. In fact, go to the bar prior to sitting down, have a happy hour drink at half price and sit... More

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Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I found this restaurant in a New York City guide book and we weren't disappointed. The portions were ample and the food was tasty. The service was great. I'd go there again.

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