Anassa Taverna
Anassa Taverna

Anassa Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anassataverna.com/
  • Phone: 212-371-5200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday- Friday: 11:30 AM to 3:45 PM

    Brunch
    Saturday- Sunday: 11:30 AM to 3:45 PM

    Dinner
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM

    Sunday & Monday : 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Nick Karvelas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live D.J music Wednesdays and Thursdays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 60th and Third Avenue
  • Public Transit: Lexington and 59th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Anassa Taverna
This bi-level space is meant to evoke the Greek seashore, with warm weathered colors and decorative jewelry that's also for sale.

Menu includes Mediterranean classics as a Greek salad, grilled lamb chops and a swordfish kebab. There's a raw bar, and daily specials that might include veal stew or slow-cooked pork shoulder.
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Anassa Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)great for lunch (38)fit for foodies (29)good for groups (26)hot spot (19)great for brunch (16)special occasion (16)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (11)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (6)late-night find (4)Show More
  • good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Risotto and fish dishes were a little too salty for my taste, but mediterranean spreads and anassi chips were great and service was fantastic and very accommodating to our groups 2 babies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food,
    0penTable
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My husband is a dentist and he told me one of his patients was a manager in a Greek restaurant, so we went for dinner, upon our arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome, they sat us promptly, Our meals were well-prepared and wonderfully delicious - my husband's Octopus appetizer was particularly superb. His choice of succulent lamb chops and my seafood risotto were wonderful. Desserts were great too! Service was impeccable and very attentive. thank you Roberto, you made us feel very special. we will be back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot; delicious food
    Helen
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Nice lunch spot right in midtown. Open air seating right on third ave so it's noisy. Inside is very pretty with white washed walls. The food was delicious. We took a client there so the noise level was moderate for conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh fish, Great Wines. Perfect!!!
    0penTable
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a hidden gem in Upper east side. Awesome. Food, Wines, atmosphere are all top notch. when i used the bathrooms upstairs i noticed a bridal shower going on and it looked like they were so happy. great setting. overall an excellent restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place to Spend the Afternoon
    DGNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went with friends after a day of shopping over the holiday weekend. The setting was great (right across the street from Bloomingdales) and the staff was friendly and in no hurry. Tried lots of appetizers and the oysters were a big hit with my friends. Overall, the portions are enormous and everyone was stuffed by the end. Definitely beats waiting on line for a table at a neighborhood tourist trap.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Mediterranean Cuisine
    NomNomNomVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    There are so many amazing choices on the menu, so my friends and I always order a bunch of appetizers so that we can taste many different things. This restaurant additionally has an excellent drink menu.
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  • EXCELLENT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE
    0penTable
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we come here every time we shop in the area, the food is always great, the recognize me at the door which makes me feel great, the swordfish kebab and the spinach pie are my 2 favorite dishes, we also ordered the Red Snapper for 2 and was very tasty, very fresh, everything was perfect, thanks again guys, Excellent !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jbdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Good food and location across from Bloomingdales and Dylan's candy bar
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  • Very good
    carole
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We liked it but a bit noisy great waiter looked like a young Kevin Spacey great shrimp app and fabulous eggplant and zucchini chips spinach pie a little too fried almost like an egg roll. Great fresh fish. A good solid spot
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cathy829
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was good but the service was a bit slow. We had to ask for bread several times before it came. The website says there is a price fixe but it doesn't say anywhere that the special price only applies to lunch on Monday through Friday (and on top of that, some items on the price fixe are extra fees, but you wouldn't know that unless you download the menu on your computer...it doesn't reveal the extra charge on the website itself). We picked this restaurant specifically because of the price fixe, so you can imagine our surprise when it turned out it wasn't available on Sunday for dinner! The rest of the menu was very pricey, so we would not have chosen this restaurant had they been more upfront about the price fixe on line.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wines by the Glass
    0penTable
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with another couple. We had a great time. It was romantic, the DJ music was good for conversation. My Steak was great and his Branzino was very tasty; I think their wine list pair the menu so well, therefore i rate it 4 stars on everything. oh and the bathrooms were very clean too
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Amazing!
    GreekieInNYVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took my mom here for lunch during her visit into Manhattan and could not have been happier. The restaurant amazing. The atmosphere had a rustic European vibe, the food prepared perfectly, and the drinks were lovely. I had the stuffed grilled calamari, and octopus which was delicious. My mom had Saganaki and the warm seafood salad...brilliant flavor! The staff was kind and extremely attentive. I can't wait to return for another delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Delish200
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food - excellent. Service - excellent. Ambience - excellent ( but a bit loud). Comfortable and pleasant surroundings. We love this restaurant. The fish is always perfection. Salads - fresh and delicious. Vegetables - also perfect. Just a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • noisy noisy noisy
    JudgeAliceVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food is good; the service excellent. The prices are reasonable. But can only recommend if you are looking to dine in one of the noise st restaurants on earth. Street noise; customers talking and to add to it all a dj. Not a place to go to for any reason as spoiled by noise.
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  • Great neighborhood Greek
    Nashanista
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Finally a delicious dinner, a vibrant restaurant and consistent service in this location! I have been here a dozen times and each time the fish is fresh and simply prepared. The most delicious appetizer is the zucchini and eggplant chips- so thin and very lightly fried . There is a nice buzz- busy but not so loud that you can't visit with friends. A winner all around! A true neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!!
    PeterSVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I always go here and the food is always good. The beets and the saganaki are my favorites.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WE SAT NEXT TO JACK WELCH
    0penTable
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    we had an amazing dinner Saturday night, all appetizers and main courses were terrific, wine by the bottle was perfectly chilled, i have nothing negative to say about our experience, we definitely coming back to try the rest of the menu. I like the fact that everyone is treated the same way, i noticed the manager Roberto talking to the millionaire Mr Welch (he must be a regular here), then he came to our table and starting conversing about the notable wine list and the success of the restaurant, very well dressed and great personality too. we love this place!! thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NanaPoppyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Casual atmosphere - well prepared fresh food. Delightful meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    greece
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was great ! The Bluepoint oysters ........amazing !
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DinaVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times. Being Greek we enjoy the cuisine. Our dinner last night was not good. The stuffed tomatoes and peppers were tasteless and the lobster moussaka was a creamy concoction. If and when we return we will stick to the appetizers only.
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  • Yancey
    YanceyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Love the octopus and Anassa has very good fish dishes in general. The restaurant is invariably crowded and can be a little noisy, but given the good midtown location, friendly service and strong menu, it could not be otherwise.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great before a movie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We went pre-movie. Had 3 appetisers and it was enough for 2 of us. Fried zucchini & eggplant dish is great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every item should be $5.00 less
    steakloverVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Nice place, host/hostess very nice. Service good, prices would lead one to believe far better service and food. Food is good, too expensive even for the 'hood. Felida prices the same and food is light years better as is service...
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  • Not a good experience
    PeterSVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went for lunch and they did not have available the regular menu so we left. We did not realize they only had the brunch menu. We go here often it is usually very good. We just have to remember do not go there on weekends before 4pm.
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  • Fresh fish
    potatochipVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great service and freshest fish. Great wines and desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great kevin spacey look alike wait
    BastVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Not sure his name but the waiter looked just like Kevin Spacey and was excellent
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skideen
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Brought out-of-town guests. Food and service were great. Restaurant is trendy and and can get noisy; but upstairs room is quiet enough to allow for conversatiion. Have been here before and will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Atmosphere!!
    PeterSVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was good, but we waited to long for the waiter to take our order. They need to improve on the service. Otherwise the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small fish portion.
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Small fish portion wrapped in paper and four grilled shrimp but the place is beautiful!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    RexyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    After a morning of shopping at bloomingdales, which is conveniently across the street from Anassa Taverna, we had a really wonderful lunch at Anassa. There were 3 of us, and we ordered a whole bunch of appetizers, and each one was better than the next. They were all so delicious, and we enjoyed every last bite. The octopus, the meatballs, the spinach pie, the saganaki, the Greek salad, all excellent, and followed by a really nice bottle of white wine from santorini. The staff were on the ball, service was great, the maître' d very personable as well. Excellent Greek lunch! OPA!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great from service to food
    EuropeanTaste
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Always attentive service,fresh ingredients and every dish is yummy.And plenty of good choices for wine. I always love their fish.I can count on freshness and Mediterranean cooking for a delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Got our drinks but no dinner
    DiningDuo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I went to Anassa with my wife at 6:00 PM prior to a 7:30 movie. The restaurant did not appear to be busy and we advised our waiter that we were in a hurry so that we would not be late for the movie. He definitely appeared to be somewhere else. We ordered drinks and dinner as soon as we sat down. The drinks came....and we waited. About 10 minutes after we arrived a woman came in sat down and ordered. 30 minutes later she was done and we were still waiting . We asked our waiter what was the delay....time now 6:40...his response...I don't cook the food but you ordered your salmon well done and that takes time! We left without food 0stars
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  • Decent food, nice decor - RUDE host
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    A friend and I arrived at 7:30pm on a Thursday night without a reservation. There were a # of open tables and seats at the bar. We asked the host if we could sit at a table to eat. After learning that we didn't have a reservation, he told us there were no tables available (very rudely I might add). We sat at the bar. I logged onto opentable and made a reservation for 8pm (reservations for 8/8:15/8:30 were all available). When he found out what I did - he very coyly said "oh, so you're smart?". He then proceeded to walk us past a # of open tables that were central to the dining area and sat us in the back side of the restaurant next to the emergency door & wait staff station. Too many great places in NYC. I won't be coming back.
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  • Great food
    GoodFood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We went here for a client lunch and the food was great. My only word of warning, is that the food / service was quite slow. If you are in a hurry be sure to order as soon as you are seated.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks a lot Roberto
    0penTable
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    we are big fans of Anassa, we just had another amazing meal, salads, swordfish and steak were all cooked to perfection, the wine was terrific. not to mention the service and the way we were welcome to the restaurant as we walk-in. Roberto you are the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Good food, slightly overpriced
    wineoVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Really enjoyed dinner here but think it was 10-20% overpriced for the food, service, ambiance and "wow" factor. Service was slow - good if you're interested in a leisurely meal, bad if you're not!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C&G
    gaylaVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Always a winner in every category! Anassa chips, fish, veggies, etc., etc. are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We liked it...
    Mfunnyb
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food,good space! Not crowded like some NY restaurants...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for the location
    sle22VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    There are not many great spots for a nicer lunch in the area, Anassa is great for that. Service is beyond terrible. Get ready to flag down your waiter for everything you need.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST!!
    dindin
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    One of the best restaurants I have ever ate in. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet