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Kefi

#1,186 of 11,363 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
11:00 am - 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, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Delivery, 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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    Very good
  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Solid Greek food on the upper west side

Kefi serves very good greek food in a casual atmosphere. The food is good, and is pretty reasonably prices, to boot. We ate there for dinner and enjoyed the selection of spreads, though the chicken souvlaki was the big hit, followed closely by the pasta with Greek sausage. While it wasn't the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Rockdog33
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Boston, MA
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  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Tuckerton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent. The warm feta with pita is amazing! House red wine is delicious too. Very reasonably priced - and great service.

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Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Kefi serves very good greek food in a casual atmosphere. The food is good, and is pretty reasonably prices, to boot. We ate there for dinner and enjoyed the selection of spreads, though the chicken souvlaki was the big hit, followed closely by the pasta with Greek sausage. While it wasn't the best food that we ate in NY, it... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite Greek restaurant in the city. The food was great. They have a great Greek wine selection as well and the prices are reasonable for NYC. Our only complaint was the noise in the restaurant (we were almost screaming at each other to be heard), which is to be somewhat expected in NYC.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Amazing service and food. Try the 3 scrambled eggs and definetly add the sausage. Sangria was ok. Come before noon and food will be expedited. :) Will return again with family and fiends.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Food was delicious. Great spice to the lamb. Hummus was incredible. Average mixed drink specials, but enjoI would love to go back again soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

we went for the dinner, was promptly seated when we arrived. the service was great! we ordered Greek paella, grilled fish and lamp chop shoulder. the lamp was a bit on the chewy side. the grilled fish was excellent. And this was my try with the Greek paella, it was delicious as well with lots of shell fish and great... More 

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Wellington, Fl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We all had a great dinner experience at Kefi. This upper west side eatery is a two level trip back to Greece. The food is really good, simple Greek Aegean fare served well and there is plenty of it. Our waiter did a great job de-boning our fresh fish and knew the menu well. His recommendations were spot on. Worth... More 

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Catlettsburg, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Very good food, especially good NYC prices. Two had prix fixe menus. We didn't care for the dessert options, not a rice pudding fan. Good service and cold beer.

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Bronxville, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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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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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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