Anassa Taverna
Anassa Taverna

Anassa Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anassataverna.com/
  • Phone: (212) 371-5200
  • 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
107 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (36)great for lunch (33)good for groups (33)hot spot (18)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (14)notable wine list (13)romantic (12)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Excellent seafood restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The octopus is world class! Some of our party who were less than enthusiastic about even trying octopus loved this dish! Both the striped bass in parchment and the dorade were outstanding!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mousaka delicious
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Try the moussaka. It is great. Wonderful food and always has you finished to catch your movie next door or shop in the area
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 0penTableVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    is a great dining experience due to the energy, fresh seafood very well prepared, great selection of small plates in addition to entrees, friendly, attentive wait staff. Can't wait to make a return visit! We were particularly impressed with the quality and preparation of the seafood and the authenticity of the Greek dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AWESOME, Best Fish in Midtown!!
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant several times before. I continue to go there when I am going to be in that area of the City because of the consistent good quality of the fish and the fine service every time I have gone. This time was no different. Roberto is always there to welcome our party, He is welcoming and professional from the time you enter until the time you leave. It is unfortunately unusual to find a restaurant of this quality which treats its customers so well. It comes across as a friendly neighborhood place and the fine service doesn't make you feel that they are doing you a favor by letting you visit. It has always proven to be a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Greek in Midtown
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food at Anassa Taverna is exceptional. They bring Greek spreads to a new level; the arugula salad is a delightful combination of sweet and sour. Our friends had the spinach pie, I had the lobster moussaka, and my husband the lamb special, all of which were fabulous. this restaurant has the potential to be the best Greek in this area. hopefully they can keep the quality of food and service forever. thanks!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We were very disappointed with our meal at Anassa Taverna. The food did not taste fresh.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect meal, everything was great
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    this restaurant is always excellent, and this was the same. Outstanding food, superb service, great wine list - the complete package. What made this special was the outstanding effort to provide us a great experience after I told them about my food allergies. We discussed with the Yong manager and our server and they could not have been more gracious and accommodating. They provided a great meal, great service - a wonderful and unexpected experience. We were fans of Anassa Taverna before, but we think they truly surpassed themselves on this evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wed night 8 pm
    phishermanVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    A late dinner for us; w much prefer an hour earlier when the restaurant is a little quiet but despite the crowd and the high noise level the food is authentic and great and the waiters and hostesses are most cordial and hard working
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME !!!!!!!
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Anassa Taverna is so good, it's ridiculous. I think it's the only restaurant in NYC that we want to go back to ALL THE TIME.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Greek food, Neighboorhood Gem!
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Best Greek dinner I've had in NYC so far, both for the food and the setting. Sit upstairs for a quieter but very fun and interesting dinner. You feel like you're having an intimate dinner in the Greek islands, Roberto is a fine gentleman to talk to, his sense of humor is always there, don't forget to try their amazing desserts, everything is great in this place. highly recommend!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another enjoyable experience
    phishermanVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We come here often because the food is fresh and wonderful, the service attentive and prices reasonable, but the noise level this week was a bit too much; our fault however because they did offer a quieter upstairs table instead of the street level table along the back wall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Santorini on Third Avenue!
    food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I had my second lunch today at Anassasa Tavern. From the fresh bread and bean spread to the crisp salad with grilled shrimp ( we shared an authenticly delicious Greek salad, no salad as a filler) all the food looks yummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Neighborhood Gem
    NeighborhoodFans
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The staff at Anassa are amazing. They treat you like family. The food is authentic and delicious. The spicy peach margarita is a must have!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • De-Licious
    VeggieLover
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I just moved into the neighborhood and Love this spot!! Food is So Fresh and Delicious! Service is On Top of It and very sweet. The DJ plays amazing music on weekends - it was a little loud but we asked them to lower it and they did immediately. Will definitely hitting this spot up a lot :) PS - their feta cheese is pasteurized for sweet prego women :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service but loud
    Anonymous
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    There was a bit of a dance club soundtrack at this restaurant, which was very distracting and not really very fitting. But overall it was an excellent meal. The octopus appetizer was fantastic, as was the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the best Greek food west of Athens
    savvy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Outstanding Greek, fantastic menu, fast service. The octopus and squash and eggplant chips were outstanding (and I don't even like eggplant). Have been here several times with friends and family and always amazed at quality of food. Go upstairs for a slightly quieter ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 STARS ALL AROUND !!!!!!!
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We have eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world, and Anassa Taverna is right up there with all of them. Just a fantastic dinner, with wonderful service. Even my picky fifteen year old was blown away by the food. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food was delicious, great atmosphere, awesome service. No competitor for grrek food in this neighborhood - should be your first choice. The gigantes and greek salad should accompany any meal. Grilled octopus a perfect app.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek
    New2NY
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nice atmosphere, delicious food, and great people-watching. Definitely try the Anassa chips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greek foodie find!!!
    foodiefindsVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Super grilled octopus...homemade skirdahlua, tzaziki, and eggplant speads...;) Delicious Greek white wine choices, and the Sepia is very special, when available...Their meatballs are a treat, but the spinach pie is a pass...rather have one of the four heavenly Greek salads...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal!
    MixalusaVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal here. Everything was good, including the cocktails. The servers were a little too pushy initially, but finally backed off as the food came so we could enjoy our meal. Overall I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exellent Greek Food
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We sat upstairs and the atmosphere is serene, more quiet than downstairs; the service is impeccable and the food excellent from the appetizers to desserts
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good greek food
    ArnoldVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    New restaurant for my wife and I which we enjoyed very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    KpmvVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This will be my new go to lively place.. Great food, service and music. Really a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome to the neighborhood!!!
    0penTableVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The East 60's, once a food wasteland, has become a hot bed of fine Greek food. The food is simple, interesting, and most important, delicious. The service is attentive without being intrusive. The menu offers sufficient choices to please everyone. A particular favorite were the Lamb Chops holding a rich surprise, and the crab cake appetizer. Everything was perfect and I will be recommending Anassa Taverna to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food,
    0penTableVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh fish, Great Wines. Perfect!!!
    0penTableVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE
    0penTableVIP
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    0penTableVIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.