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“Really Incredible Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Avra Estiatorio

Avra Estiatorio
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Ranked #232 of 13,551 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 3rd Ave. and Lexington
Transit: All trains to Grand Central Station. 4,5,6 to 51st Street.
Description: Avra Estiatorio is a restaurant that transports you to the Greece of your imagination. The sky is vivid blue and the air is drenched with sunlight and the aroma of freshly caught fish grilling over an open fire.
Annapolis, MD
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122 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Really Incredible Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

I visited a good friend in NYC who had already made a reservation at Avra. I had taken him to Marea and he wanted me to compare this dining experience with his new favorite. Don't mistake me. I love Marea. But I have to admit, for my taste, Avra is tops! Both restaurants focus on seafood, Marea from an Italian perspective and Avra with strong Grecian influences. There were three of us dining, and there wasn't a "miss" in any of our orders. For appetizers, we all agree the grilled octopus was the best we ever had, but the mussels in wine sauce were their equal. Both phenomenal. The Greek salad was also delicious.

Bring on the entrees! The swordfish which often comes to the table on the dry side, who moists and mouthwatering. I ordered the barbounia which was a lightly fried small fish from the Mediterranean. Wonderful! The New Zealand red snapper was prepared perfectly.

We shared two desserts to complete our meal. The have the Greek standards, but we shared a molten chocolate cake with fig ice cream and and a fruit tart prepared in filo. We rest our forks with smiles on our faces!

Service was impeccable and we enjoyed the simple decor and lusty ambience. You can't miss with Avra!

  • Visited October 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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550 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
“Really nice. Greek starters, but rest of menue not Greek.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is à very nice restaurant. Far bigger on the inside than the modest entrance implies. When we have been there almost always full. Great and observant staff.
The starters are traditional Greek appetizers. The taramosalata is excellent. The tomatoes in the Greek sallad are superb. Excellent bread.
The main courses are really good but not Greek or mediterranean in style. We have been to Greece about 30 times so we are pretty well acquainted with the Greek cuisine. This said, the main courses are excellent. Superb fishes of several different kinds on display. You select your fish and pay by the pound.
We haven't had any of the desserts.
The retsina wine by the glass is à disappointment. Very lightly retsinated and not with the rough unrefined taste that we like.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Olle O
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Alameda, CA
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic Upscale Greek Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

Really great Greek Restaurant in New York City. Reminded me of some of the best restaurants in Athens! Fresh fish selection was excellent!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Dino K
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Athens, Greece
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent fresh food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Next time I am in New York, I will definitely visit the restaurant. Two key factors full marks for great food and great service!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Evripidi H
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Montreal, Canada
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good choice, not fabulous”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Good food, though a bit parcimonious, excellent attentive service, little details missing (fish citlery) make it not as wonderful as it could be.

  • Visited October 2013
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