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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)
+1 212-873-0200
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17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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new jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food consistently good, service is very good. Eat downstairs as it is quite noisy upstairs. Any dish you have you will like. Good for families or couples.

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Thank chazelcorn
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank dmmlc
Stamford CT
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80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 there. It made me feel like if I took a break, they would clear my... More 

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Thank NaplesVisitor
New York City, New York
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73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 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 was drowned by the salty lemony tomato sauce. The hanger steak entree was much better.... More 

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Thank LovesDessert
Australia
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188 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 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

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Thank Con B
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 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 nice. The calamari appetizer was quite could and their selection of Rioja wines was excellent.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 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 order again Tzatziki- creamy and amazing! highly recommended Pita- delicious and fresh Main: Lamb-- DELICIOUS.... More 

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Thank cosmopobeth
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 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 go back, I always ask why don't I go there more often.

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Thank Dr Mel K
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 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 I had the trout which was plain but good. I had one of the Greek... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 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 better in Astoria. The pork souvlaki I had was overcooked, tough and had no flavor... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 23
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-873-0200
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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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 over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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