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Avra Estiatorio
Avra Estiatorio

Avra Estiatorio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avrany.com
  • Phone: (212) 759-8550
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm, Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday dinner: 5:00 pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: George Georgiadis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We offer live jazz every Sunday at Brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd Ave. and Lexington
  • Public Transit: All trains to Grand Central Station. 4,5,6 to 51st Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Avra Estiatorio
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "We went for a special birthday before an eight o'clock show. The food was served quickly but was cooked to perfection. I highly recommend the tuna tartar and the lima beans. Everything was wonderful!!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The grilled octupus is phenomenal. It melts in your mouth and as it was prepared with capers, it was unique and quite delicious. I come for lunch quite frequently. The fish has always been excellent and I love the salads with chicken or shrimp as lighter fare option. While you need a reservation, it is well worth planning ahead."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Dined there Thursday night. This was my fifth time and my wifes second. Had enjoyed the restaurant up to this point, but this visit was a major disappointment. Service was mediocre, and food was significantly overpriced. Had the Langostinos (very meager portion for $30) and the Black Sea Bass, which came out very cold. There are much better dining experiences in Midtown"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Went for a work dinner in a group of 6. We ordered the trio of dips, fried calamari, grilled octupodi, and oregano fries for appetizers. Everyone was very pleased with the meal. The fried calamari and oregano fries were amazing. I could have done without the grilled octupodi, but it wasn't bad. I had the baked sea bass which was prepared in a tomato sauce with whole grilled onions and potatoes. It was delish! The food was great, but the service was lackluster. The servers were a wee bit on the rude side, but it was extremely busy so that could be a factor. The servers were not on top of things ( i.e. our table had to waive the servers down if we needed refills or to take our order). GO GATORS!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I loved Avra! It is close to my office and every time I passed by or tried to get a table, it was packed, I finally made a reservation and understand why there is never an empty table, the food is amazing, order fish which is the best! The hostess and waiter we had were not great, a little snotty and looked like they were doing us the favor but the food was worth it, hopefully next time we will get better service."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Wanted to try everything on the menu and all was well until the main course. Here's my review on the following: chilean souvlaki- Very good crab cake- Outstanding blue point oysters- Very good Malpeque oysters- Very good king pranws- POOR- Burnt (well overcooked and clearly charred but we tried to eat one) lobster- POOR (Not burnt but rubbery due to being over cooked). I'm sure the cook may have been overwhelmed but if the food is clearly overcooked then you should not serve. My wife and I are not the complaining type but I had to review this experience as I was very disappointed after the main. They ended up refunding the one prawn that I couldn't eat."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As a frequent business traveler to NYC, I have the pleasure of getting to Avra monthly and I look forward to it every time. The food is wonderful in that it is authentic, fresh and alive with flavor. The energy is great and the staff is the right balance between professional, friendly and respectful."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS. LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT VISIT"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Last night I went out with my girls and I had the best time! Or waitress Tonia was amazing- she was very sweet, attentive and she knew everything on the meniu. She made our night out perfect! The food was real Greek food, the one I get when I go to greece every year to visits family. I think they need to prove their Greek salat to taste libel Greece, but still the rest of the food was wonderful. No doubt- perfect place for Greek food in NYC! And always ask for Tonia!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I met a friend and we had a nice lunch -- good food, pleasant wine, lovely atmosphere and nice service. The grilled squid could have had more flavor and been better cooked with more of a char, but it was nice. The salad was good. Overall the food could use more flavor, but the atmosphere, service and lovely décor make up for it."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "THE FOOD WAS PHENOMENAL AND SERVICE WAS GREAT. WIDE VARIETY OF SEAFOOD THAT VERY WELL PREPARED."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Avra in midtown never disappoints with the impeccable service, fresh seafood and outstanding deserts. Open Table reservations were adjusted twice do to traffic, but the staff was accommodating and as always, friendly and totally on point. There is really nothing lacking here. Reasonable pricing especially in midtown. Great for any occasion ."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Was largely ignored by my waiter... Seated, but not given a drink menu. Took nearly 20 minutes for server to take order. One appetizer arrived immediately, the salad shortly thereafter. Waited just over an hour for my last appetizer to arrive (the server actually came by to ask if I wanted dessert after ignoring my attempts to flag him down for the 40min prior). By the time I got my last appetizer, I was more annoyed than hungry. There are many phenomenal restaurants in NYC and I travel for business often. While the food was fine, the service was terrible - I won't be coming back here."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very enjoyable! Lively! Fish and seafood are awesome!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was highly recommended for lunch. It was quite busy and, as a result, the service was average and inattentive. Repeatedly had to request water. One appetizer did not arrive."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The reviews definitely lived up to their hype. The atmosphere was loud and crowded but that's par for the course in NYC. The food was so amazing that I didn't want to leave my leftovers even though I had no way of heating them up the next day. The tuna tartare appetizer was the best I've ever had with the crispy crunchy topping that covered it. We will absolutely be back to eat here again the next time we visit the city."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food was great. Our waiter was nice. The hostesses were not welcoming at all; almost like they did not like their job. It's a pity because we liked the food and our waiter. Also, the tables are too close to the bar. We had a reservation and our table was about 2 feet from the bar. The people without reservations who waited in the bar kept accidentally hitting us with their purses and bar stools."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "not thee first place you'd choose for a land-lubbers' meal but a great selection of Sea Food. Prices are high but in line with other top nyc fish restaurants. The noise level is too high if you want to use the dinner as a business function or you want to hear your friends talk without shouting, so you probably need to ask for a table in a quiet area if you need to ho;da a comversation."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Such a great quite place with outstanding food and extensive wine list."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had such a great experience here! Great variety of local and imported fish, prepared simply and absolutely delicious! Well appointed, but comfortable restaurant. Will be a staple when I visit the City!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I just returned from a two week trip to Athens, Santorini and Crete. I can honestly say the food at Avra was every bit as good as we had in Greece. It was so good I ate there for lunch one day and dinner the next! Keep up the great work."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Small tables for two.... jammed next to each other. Felt were part the next table's conversation. Other than that...not to be missed!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I went with my wife and had a great overall experience. The place is really nice and service is really personalized. Food was awesome!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "this is the second time we have been to Avra, and the food continues to be outstanding. There is nothing like really fresh seafood. Our waiter was extremely friendly, no attitude at all, and very informative."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "very disappointed with service - our waiter was either too busy or did not care, we waited a very long time for our meal, food was not hot, vegetables were unevenly warmed(in microwave?) and he ignored us"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Was very excited to eat here as it had a very good Greek wine list, especially from Santorini, which is highly difficult to get in the states. Service was horrible. All aspects...from the time we walked in to be seated for our reservation to the waiter...seemed to care less about any type of service. Got our drink order but had to be reminded twice additional that we would like our drinks. I had asked in my reservation (which i booked the day before) to have a table outside; there are a ton of them. When we arrived, the hostess said that we couldn't have an outside table because they were 1st come 1st serve/if there is one available when we arrive, we could have one. Call me crazy but i thought that's why you make a reservation."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Was in down for a convention and staying on the east side - this place was excellent - close to major hotels so that you can just walk around the corner and be there. Once you go into the place it feels like you are in Greece - nice décor and seating is very open so that you have privacy. As for the food - tremendous offering and the fish is fresh - I would highly recommend this place instead of a typical NY steak house that everyone seems to favor for a business dinner. Wine list is nice and the price of food is reasonable. Get the fresh fruit platter for dessert and stay awhile after dinner and enjoy conversation with friends or family. I liked it so much I went back the second night with my two daughters who enjoyed it too."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "There were three of us. Two were a married couple, in from Washington, D.C. They had a wonderful time in New York City. On a Sunday night, we had dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at Avra. The weather was perfect. We sat outside, close to the open interior of the restaurant. The food was delicious, as always. Superb! We were all happy. When I need to think of a "special occasion" place, I think of Avra. Eating near or outside is my favorite. Inside is cavernous and can be very noisy. But a lot of the young 'uns like it that way."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The first time we went, we were very impressed with everything - food, service, table. We then booked another evening there but found service lacking (almost appeared to be over a shift change). We had to ask for cutlery three times & no assistance with menu or recommendations. Very different from the first time. If we had the second night service was on the first night, we would not have came back a second time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It's a good thing the food is so good cause the tight fit of the tables make the dining experience a bit compromised."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The prices are very high in terms of the food and wine offer"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fantastic place for grilled fish, but lots of stuff for meat lovers as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Loved this place, excellent mediterranean food!!! will def. be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "One of the gems in the neighborhood if you want authentic, delicious Greek food. A little pricey, but it comes with the territory."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This is definitely a go-to restaurant in NYC if you are craving for Greek food. Good décor, food, crowd, etc.; service was not among the most impressive ones considering the price you paid but it won't be a highlighting point as you mainly focus on the food. Would definitely recommend anyone in the neighborhood looking for authentic and delicious Greek food with in-theme atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We tried this restaurant based on the recommendation of a friend. It was everything promised and more. Our Server, Demetri was excellent. He was welcoming fun & friendly, made wonderful suggestions in both wines and food and we were made to feel that we were valued as customers. We enjoyed a greek salad the had vegetables that tasted like they were just picked from a garden along with two large slices of feta cheese, crab cakes that were by far the best we ever had anywhere, steak and lamb chops that were cooked to perfection and baklava that just melted in your mouth. We were not rushed at all and had we not had theater tickets we probably would have stayed longer. We will definitely be returning next time we are in NYC"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have eaten at Avra before for dinner not for lunch. I found the service awful/food was so so. I will think about returning which would probably be no."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food with large selection of fresh fish, wait staff v helpful and knowledgable, super wine list, good atmosphere, would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went on a Friday night and to our surprise the restaurant wasn't too full. It was raining that day. Our waiter Joseph was attentive, knowledgeable and very personable. The food was excellent, especially the branzino. Everything we tried was delicious including the dessert. They did not rush us at all, so we sat and chilled for a while. Will come back for sure."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Restaurants in midtown tend to have a very corporate vibe. This one somehow has much more personality both in its food and atmosphere. If you love fresh seafood and/or Greek this one is a must. Their wine list, salads, apps, and wide range of fresh fish from the Atlantic and Mediterranean are all great. Add this one to your key go-to list in midtown."
    Dined on 6/18/2014