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505 Columbus Avenue, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #805 of 11,646 restaurants in New York City
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Price range: $7 - $23
Mon 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am - 10:00 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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85% Recommend
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Hampton Bays, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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
9 helpful votes 9 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Toronto, ON, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My wife, 3 young crazy kids and I were visiting with family in NYC. They chose this location because it was away from the pride parade and wouldn't be too congested from the parade route blockage. The interior of the restaurant was very nice. The staff were very friendly. My wife and I ordered the chicken souvlaki with pita and... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Our new favorite restaurant! Our food was impressively delicious and interesting; the lamb shank, for example, was fall-off-the-bone tender, and orzo was a perfect complement. They also had plenty of vegetarian dishes to choose from. In a friendly and pleasant atmosphere, the service managed to be personable and attentive while unrushed, even though they were very busy on the weekend.... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We started with white sangria which was amazing. Not too heavy, not too fruity, just right. For appetizers we had the selection of dips with pita and the sausage in Greek yogurt dip. Oh my gosh. I was determined not to eat too much, but we left none of the appetizers behind. For the main course, my son had the... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great Greek restaurant. Very large and fun. Full menu of Greek items. We got the appetizer combo sampler to start.

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