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Kefi

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505 Columbus Ave, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024-4467 (Between West 84th and 85th Streets)
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
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's difficult to write a bad review about a restaurant that has good reviews, which is why we went there in the first place! However a bad experience is a bad experience. The restaurant was full when we arrived at 7PM and full when we left at 9, and the noise level prevented normal conversation levels. The appetizer courses and... More 

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New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Among the appetizers listed, there are two meatball options. The better of the two options is the one described as Meatballs, Roasted Garlic, Olives, Tomatoes ($11.25), see my photo. The portion is large and delicious, enough for two people to share, which I recommend that you do. My delicious main course was the Grilled Branzino ($26.95) with fresh and tasty... More 

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Granbury, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

We went during Restaurant Week but didn't eat off of that menu. We had mussels as a main, carrot soup and mac and cheese. Everything was great. The service was a bit slow but that's probably due to being busy.

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Thank Lance W
Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Had a quick lunch after a long walk in the park, and the prix fixed lunch option was perfect. I had the meatball appetizer, burger and dessert. I have had a lot of burgers, this one was amongst the best. The roasted chicken and Greek potatoes in a lemon butter dill sauce was amazing.

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Thank DCLDad
Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Food was great. Service was outstanding and friendly. Helped with recommendations for food and wine. They sat us downstairs first we asked to be moved due to odor- seemed musty. No real wait on a Saturday night in July.

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Thank TomG 9
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Missed getting into another place in the area and returned to Kefi as a second choice -- I had been here on a prior vacation in NYC. Can easily recommend Kefi for the food and quality of its preparation. The evening I was there service was a bit off (especially later in delays for diners getting their checks to pay... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Had a family dinner, the waitress was friendly. we were there late at night and got in quickly. Food was nice, but not spectacular.

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Thank Puffy19
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Ate here with the family. Good tasted fresh and came out quickly. Lady serving us was charming. Enjoyed the good here and felt comfortably dining with our two year old too. Doesn't seem to be overcrowded with tourist either. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Mrsmj2004
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I been there with my boyfriend for late night dinner, the stuff was very nice and they was all really friendly. We sat at the bar and bartender was really helpfull, we had wonderful time!

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Thank MilicaR93
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We love Kefi's take on Greek food. Some standards and some new ideas. The octopus salad is delicious and I love the lamb shank, too. I just wish the lighting could be improved...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $23
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 Columbus Ave, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024-4467
    (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
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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