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Ithaka

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Upper East Side
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308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028-3121 (Second Avenue)
(212) 628-9100
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4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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160 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

I usually come here with my parents since they love Greek food, and especially seafood. Don't fret, if you're not a seafood lover they do have other options such as lamb or chicken. Kapamas is probably one of my favorite lamb (in tomato sauce) dishes in the city. They also offer a take out option if you're in the mood... More 

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Salem, MA
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I liked this place but am very hesitant to give it even this 4 star rating. I love a good greek restaurant, but I want to get what I want to order, not what the waiter wants me to have. My waiter was so pushy, I finally gave in and got the octopus. Although it was good, it was nothing... More 

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New York City, New York
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1,138 reviews
652 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

No Need to go to Astoria just come here. This place has some wonderful Greek specialities including octopodi done to perfection, grilled fish served with those incredible fried potatoes, the usual dips and some excellent wines to go with. Of course there are some fattening desserts on the strong greek coffee to finish the evening. Service is professional and well... More 

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Spruce Head, Maine
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Ithaka was absolutely the BEST! The appetizers were delicious and so nicely presented. Then came the entrée course! Wow! My husband and I had pink snapper which was cooked to perfection. Two others in our party had shrimp and several had red snapper and lamb.The restaurant is spotless clean and beautiful with white washed walls and picture of Greece. I... More 

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Thank dimview
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

I went here with my daughter, right after spending the afternoon at the Met Museum of Art, which is about 6 avenues away... And we had a wonderful experience! First, we walked in realizing that the people in front of us had made reservations; though we hadn't made any, we were still seated at a great table and assured there... More 

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Thank Alexandra C
New York, United States
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367 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I went to this restaurant twice this week, so this review will include both visits. I started off the first dinner with Kotosoupa Avgolemono (chicken soup with vegetables, rice, egg, and lemon juice), $7.50, which was very pleasing (see photo below). My next course was the Pasticio (pasta layers with chopped lamb and beef, topped with béchamel sauce), $20, which... More 

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New York City, New York
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1,175 reviews
652 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I had a dinner with my wife. The interiors were painted by white and the atmosphere was like Greek island such as Santorini. For appetizer, we had Tarama, Fried Calamari and Saganaki (with fire) and all of them were tasty. For the main course, we selected Jumbo Shrimps and (a kind of) Seabass from the today's fish which the server... More 

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New York, United States
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367 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This restaurant has been at this location for a long time, that is a good indicator. My meal was really good from start to finish. They start you off wIth complimentary warm pita bread and tomato sauce dip (see my photo), which was quite good. I wanted to try another dip, so I ordered the Tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber, dill and... More 

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Callicoon, New York
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158 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Good food and I would go back but the service was terrible. Waiter never offered more water. We had to ask over and over. No additional ice tea. Wanted our second dishes 5 minutes after the first. Had to ask twice for two of them and three times for my muscles (which were very good). Waiter was shocked when we... More 

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Southern NJ
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476 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

When we visited our adult daughter in NYC last weekend, she picked out a Greek restaurant she thought would be a good place for lunch. When we arrived, the restaurant was filled with a huge party that was just getting started with 20+ very loud people. We fled as quickly as we could and wound up at Ithaka, where we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028-3121
    (Second Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5,6 subway stops at 86th street and Lexington Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 628-9100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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