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505 Columbus Ave, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024-4467
+1 212-873-0200
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pmAll hours
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
505 Columbus Ave, Between 84 & 85 Street, New York City, NY 10024-4467
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Reviewed February 8, 2017

I have been going for several years for lunch a couple times a year. The food is really well cooked and consistently so. The same chef has apparently been there for years. The broiled octopus is the best I've ever had. The lamb is wonderful.

Thank dmmlc
Kylene S, Public Relations Manager at Kefi, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2017

Thanks for the review and the constant support. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed January 23, 2017

Food was pretty good. Prices fair. It didn't jump out at me though. The big detractor for me was the service It was good but it was fast - clearly, they were trying to turn the tables and I felt rushed every minute I was...More

Thank NaplesVisitor
Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

I had high expectations for this place because Chef Psilakis owns MP Taverna in Astoria, which I have eaten at couple of times and really enjoyed the food. To my dismay, I wasn't wowed. The octopus came out warm not hot. The sheep's milk dumpling...More

Thank LovesDessert
Reviewed December 16, 2016

Second time here this year after a local recommended it to me. Great staff, good wholesome non-pretentious Greek food Great lunch menu and some of my fave Tsantali Kanenas(literally means No-one) Rose Looking forward to visiting on my next trip to NYC

Thank Con B
Reviewed December 8, 2016

My girlfriend and some friends had dinner here before the Steely Dan show at the beacon theater. The atmosphere was Saturday night hoppin' without being crazy enough to inhibit conversation. We got a little table towards the back near the kitchen without reservations, which was...More

Thank Barry D
Reviewed November 19, 2016

I visited alone on a Friday night, and after putting in my order, received word from home that I would need to rush back. The server was extremely attentive and compassionate, and turned my order into a takeaway quickly. Appetizers: Eggplant- rather bland, would not...More

Thank cosmopobeth
Reviewed November 18, 2016

This is a wonderful Greek/Mediterranean restaurant that has a robust menu, generous portions and extremely friendly wait staff. they have both a before 6:00 P.M. menu and a prefix menu that by New York prices are low. Everything is fresh and authentic. Every time I...More

Thank Dr Mel K
Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

KEFI has an upstairs and downstairs we chose downstairs as we were told it was quieter. I personally would've stayed upstairs because I like lively. I started with the butternut squash soup which was quite a generous portion and very good. For my main course...More

Thank jeremy t
Reviewed November 7, 2016

Had dinner here over the weekend with some friends. We were expecting an outstanding Greek meal, given the reputation, but we we were not impressed. The Greek Paella and lamb shank dinners our friends had were good. The whole lavraki was good, but we get...More

Thank kerry p
Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

Great service and great food. Really a 4.5. We had breakfast and some had lunch. The egg dishes and skillets were very good and came out hot. Sandwiches were large and very tasty. Homemade potato chips were great? Server was Axilleas, very friendly and helpful....More

Thank rxplus
Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the
Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a
quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of
downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the
city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the
American Museum of Natural History, which has been
welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $23
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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: +1 212-873-0200
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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