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“Newly Reopened and Worth Visiting”
Review of Kefi

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Ranked #1,296 of 13,633 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $7 - $23
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: Between West 84th and 85th Streets
Transit: B & C trains to West 86th Street, 1 train to Broadway & 86 Street
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.
Los Angeles, CA
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369 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“Newly Reopened and Worth Visiting”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

After a disastrous flood, this large and nicely appointed restaurant is now open again and everything is new and spotless--rare for NYC in anything but a high priced restaurant, which this place is not. Kefi's hospitality certainly spans the distance between a citywide restaurant that trades upon the quality of its food and a neighborhood spot that trades upon its friendliness. Prices were reasonable. Food was very good. Not a landmark, but an excellent place to have dinner. Can accommodate large groups with an enormous upstairs and a very large downstairs room.

  • Visited December 2013
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Estero, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

This restaurant recently reopened so my friend and I jumped at the chance to dine there. Its lovely and comfortable. We chose to eat downstairs because it was a little quieter. The food was awesome and our server, Jim, was helpful and friendly. The meatball appetizer was so yummy and so was the Branzino. We are going back this week and I'm taking my husband!

  • Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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320 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Kefi's back”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

One of my favorite upper west side restaurants has reopened after a long period of renovation after a water main burst. Their mussels are fabulous; the arugula salad is excellent. We added grilled shrimp.As a bonus we got a free appetizer for liking them on Facebook. Also, the service was very helpful and attentive. Also, they're on Open Table. At lunch the noise level is OK. At dinner it can be loud.

  • Visited December 2013
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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“I love the food and I love the experience”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have eaten at Kefi's many times and I plan to return as soon as possible. The food is delicious, the services is attentive, and the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. We have taken the entire family, including children and babies. The lamb shank is a favorite. We have never been disappointed in a meal.

  • Visited April 2013
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Orlando
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great way to blend in the neighborhood”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

This was a great place to sit outside, have breakfast and act like a local. Great service and an excellent menu. The French toast is to die for!! Would have given 5 stars except for the pancake. It sounds like a good idea but totally a waste of money and not very good - get the French toast or something else and you won't be disappointed.

Visited April 2013
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