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505 Columbus Avenue, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
212-873-0200
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Ranked #1,012 of 11,865 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $7 - $23
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
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
Neighborhood:
Upper West Side
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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
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Our second time back to Kefi was a let down. It is crowded and noisy - that's ok however my friend's order was incorrectly delivered had to be re ordered so the timing of our meals did not match. Our food was luke warm and over cooked - roast chicken and lemon potatoes. We were very disappointed as we had... More 

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New York City, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Loved Kefi! Had the burger and lemon potatoes, both of which were cooked to perfection! A little loud in the restaurant, but a clean, simple vibe. Would definitely come back again!

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New York City, New York
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149 reviews 149 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Went with another couple. Seated in the upper section which was completely full at 7:15 p.m. on a thursday night. High energy level... that's a euphemism for incredibly noisy. We were in crowded seating... too many tables with no room between them. We could only speak with the person across from us. No overall table conversation. Good foo and large... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Best fish we've had in a long time. Really, most of the dishes were excellent and the atmosphere warm and casual. A real neighborhood gem!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

What a gem! Delicious Greek food, cozy and welcoming ambience, delicious food and solid value. I'm always up for going to this UWS gem.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My fiancé and I ate here last night. We booked a table in advance as we'd read it gets busy and so glad we did. We had to get the metro to get there but it was worth the effort. The staff were very welcoming and when the first table we were offered in the front was a bit chilly,... More 

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have dined at Kefi several times over the past few years and have left with a positive impression. My visit this weekend, however, made me wonder whether things have deteriorated. The food was decent this time around, but the service was deplorable. The wait staff made several errors in our orders and the wait time between dishes was unacceptable.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

For lunch, I ordered the sheep milk dumplings, which came in a tasty tomato sauce with spicy lamb sausage, spinach, and pine nuts, topped with a generous amount of feta. I sopped any remaining sauce up with their crusty bread. Yum! I will be back!

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Asked a server in another restaurant where she would go for Greek food. She immediately said "Kefi". Thought we'd give it a try, and it was the best decision of our day! Arrived at 8pm on a busy Saturday evening with no reservation. The place was heaving and every table occupied, but they still managed to find us a table... More 

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Jacksonville
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86 reviews 86 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I've been to Kefi with my daughter who lives on the upper west side and have never been disappointed. We ate here during the Thanksgiving holiday season. It was cold out and we had to take a table in front which was a bit drafty, but the food was an excellent value and the service was very good. Total bill... 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>  > Manhattan
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 - 23
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean

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