Best fish I have found inBest fish I have found in NY - Greek wines as well as international - excellent eating place6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is consistently great.The food is consistently great. Love going to Avra because you know you're guaranteed a great meal and experience! Opa!6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been here a few times.I have been here a few times. each is better than the last. food is delicious and wine list is well matched. where i normally would not try octopus, i tried it here and came back for seconds. the flaming cheese is amazing as well. and the zucchini chips are a must. outdoor seating even though right on the street, seems to be far enough away from the traffic yet still close enough for the people watching crowd. indoors bar area has a nice party vibe to it. all around happy with the experience.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMImpeccable seafoodWe love this restaurant and always dine there when we come to NYC. Mussels were fantastic. I had halibut and it was perfect. It is pricey, but worth it!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingOne of the top seafood restaurants in Manhattan. Great patio and wine.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic Evening!What a tremendous evening. Avra is a regular for us. We had guests from out of town and wanted them to enjoy a tremendous dinner and a wonderful evening. Saturday, of course, was busy as well as rainy, but we soon forgot the weather. We were greeted warmly and went right to our table. The Maître d was first class. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and a true expert. The fish was delicious and incredibly fresh, the prawns were delicious, the octopus was great and the desserts were worth every calorie. Nice wine selection. The ambiance was inviting and the conversation flowed as well as the wine. Our guests loved their evening as did we. One of my absolute favorites.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the food. Tomato salad,Love the food. Tomato salad, zucchini chips and feta salad was delicious. Fish was fresh and clean. Can't wait to go back. Can't leave without the baklava. And I didn't go home with a feeling of over eating.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Greek in ManahttanI have been to Avra a bunch of times and it never disappoints. Whenever I have a business lunch, this is the spot! The food and service are unsurpassed.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMLove AvraGreat fresh fish, simply prepared and delicious. Always a must for my friends when we are together in the city.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is Greek seafood at itsThis is Greek seafood at its best. Try to get a table outside by the sidewalk. Great people watching.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first visit toThis was my first visit to Avra. I really enjoyed the food. The selection of entries (meat and seafood) is amazing. The Greek salad was fresh and served with an in house vinaigrette prepared with olive oil and some fine herbs. The grilled scampi and the moussaka were delicious. The staff is very attentive and courteous. It was a nice experience and I will definetely return to this restaurant.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMAMAZINGAvra is quickly becoming one of my most favorite restaurants in Manhattan. The food is amazing, and I want to order everything on the menu! Stufed Calamari made me feel as if I had died and gone to heaven. Amazing. authentic Greek Salad and Branzino big enough for three to share was spot on! This visit we had the privilege of sitting in Antonia's section. She has been with avea since the doors opened - and she's Greek to boot! Antonia is reason alone to come back - she is personable, knowledgeable, attentive and one of the BEST servers I have ever experienced. We will definitely be back and we will definitely request to be seated in Antonia's section!5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place, very good fishGreat place, very good fish selection - the Arctic Char fish is excellent.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food and PlentifulWe went for lunch and all ordered the prix fixe, which is a great value in Manhattan. Food here is always fresh and flavorful and even the portions in the prix fixe are plentiful. They also serve as a starter really good bread with hummus, olives, radishes and olive oil. The desserts are good too. I especially like the Greek cookies.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMnice greek seafood menuGreat location very good food and nice selection of whole fish although a bit pricey by the pound and sides are extra5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding DiningFood was fabulous. Tried the 3 cheese stuffed calamari and it was amazing. The presentation of our meal even made the people next to us say "wow". Wonderful open air restaurant - try to be seated outside if possible if it's nice weather. Service was excellent. The waiters do not attempt small talk, but are very efficient. Excellent food, nice for couples, parties, business, etc. Noise was what I expected inside for a NYC restaurant. If outside, you can have a more intimate conversation. Very clean, nicely decorated. Will definitely go back.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMStill very good on a second visitGrilled octopus and calamari were outstanding. Greek salad was good and haloumi Mezze delicious. These were the appetizers ordered for the table,
The lobsters were good, as was the fish, but the fish we ordered was nothing special. Fresh but a bit bland.
The Galactoboureka desert was spectacular!
Service was attentive and will go back!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Avra!I have been going to this place for years! They are great for preparing food in a simple way yet the taste is delicious! Everything is grilled their fishes meats and chicken. Their Gigantes are fantastic. Their greek yogurt for dessert is Wow!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentThe food was superb.The Mediterranean snapper the Fagri was succulent ,light and flavorful.I ate the king Prawns ,absolutely delightful.I took 2 pounds which gave me 4 prawns at 52 dollars a pound expensive yet delicious.The calamari appetizer and the octopus were both very good.The one thing none of us liked was the 3 spreads with pita.The Tarama was just creamy and heavy tasting no flavor,the other 2 the eggplant and Tzatziki were average.We also had the Sangria which was great as well a treat.I highly recommend this restaurant5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food and wine list.Very good food and wine list. Liked the ambience in the restaurant too. Nice outside space too.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Fresh SeafoodI enjoy taking clients to this restaurant and they offer a very nice pre fix lunch. They don't skimp on portions and the quality is very good. I can't eat bread anymore, but the table bread is excellent. My lunch came with dessert, but I can't eat flour or wheat/gluten...The waiter offered me a sorbet which I thought was amicable. A very good place5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for Mother's Day BrunchWent for Mother's Day Brunch and my mom and grandmother loved it. They offered a prix fixe menu that was well worth the price. It's full-sized appetizers and entrees with a brunch cocktail and a dessert. We were stuffed. Seafood was fresh and prepared just right. This is a place to go for group dining as it's in a hotel and business district in Midtown. The a la carte menu is pricey but that's typical of Greek restaurants in Manhattan. I recommend this place.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNEVER a bad experienceOn the contrary.....ALWAYS a good experience. Reliable, fresh food, fine service makes this busy place a realy New York find.
Love it here!!!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe place was packed!This restaurant was recommended by a guide and it was a great place. The octopus appetizer was awesome! Wine, suggested by the waiter, was good and went well with the entrees. A nice treat!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellentBut a bit noisy the food is always great. One of my favorites when I come to NYC5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food and the serviceVery good food and the service was excellent. Tables for two are a bit too close and there is a lot of noise from the adjacent tables.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreek Grilled Fish Find!We have dined here several times. The food is consistently fresh and prepared simply - grilled. The Greek appetizers and salads are wonderful, too. This is the first time we dined here where the service was less attentive than usual. Had I been asked to review this restaurant at another time, I would have given 4 stars for the service. This could have been an off night.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect!Our dinner was again outstanding! There is not a better place for wonderful fresh fish, incredible Greek salads, terrific service.
We return each time we are in NYC.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is first class.Everything I expected and more. Great seating and waiter was gracious even though we blew him off three times before ready to order. Bar scene is too cramped to show up early so save yourself there.Seating was right on time! Very nice outdoor dining if you can get it. Fish by the pound is a little confusing and expensive but ask many questions and they help you.I'd go back for sure.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI have to say, I went intoI have to say, I went into dinner quite skeptical. My Husband & I had been to Avra 12 years ago, so I wasn't sure if it would still be as good. We actually found that it was better than we had remembered. The service was amazing & the food was outstanding. Definitely going back soon.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service was fantastic.Food and service was fantastic. I was lucky enough to arrive on a cold night, so it was easy to get a quieter table outside.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMSeafood ExpertiseI selected Avra for dinner with friends who were coming into town from Gloucester, Massachusetts. My friends are seafood experts and have virtually every kind of ocean fish there is.
The menu at Avra was delightful, as well as the wine last. The waiter recommended Bronzino (in Italian, Luraki in Greek) and it was custom prepared in a charcoal oven with light, delicious herbs. Our waiter also was very knowledgeable in terms of wines and recommended an outstanding Santorini/savignon blanc.
Delighted with the food, service and whole experience - and a new experience for you seafood expert friends!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent selection of freshExcellent selection of fresh fish. You pick the fish. They prepare it to your liking. Ouzo mussels were first rate. Lavraki (Mediterranean Sea Bass) is their specialty. Expensive.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFood as always was outstanding.Food as always was outstanding. Service was very attentive. Try the stuffed calamari and the grilled octopus. If you like Greek sea food, this is the place to dine4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding seafood, refined GreekExcellent food all around, packs in the crowds, top notch fish dishes, surprisingly decent Greek wines. Truffle oil fries are outstanding. Service can be slightly sloppy at times, however, the place does get insanely busy.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent. I haveFood was excellent. I have been here several times and the food is consistently good. i have been here personally and for business and have never been dissapointed.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was delicious, theThe food was delicious, the place attractive with nice outdoor space but inside very very noisy. With just two in our party, we were put between two other tables of two so close we were in each other's space and surrounded by loud conversations since the surfaces are all hard the sound level is horrific. We were unable to talkto each other until the other two tables finished their meals and left. It is a shame, cause the food was very well prepared and presented. The service was so so. The waiters seemed to have many tables so we sort of got lost in the shuffle. It is worth it to go here because the food is so good and if the weather is nice, it would be lovely to sit outside. I'll give them another chance.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my favorites. ConsistentlyOne of my favorites. Consistently good! Great fish.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, too noisyNo one can dispute the quality of the food, if somewhat expensive. However the level of noise makes conversation difficult if not impossible. We left after our entree to find a quieter place for an after dinner drink. We were sitting in the back in the wine room in the hopes of less noise, but between the annoying Greek music in the background and the bad acoustics, it doesn't work. So go for great fish dishes, just don't expect much meaningful conversation.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently great! Food andConsistently great! Food and service are always fantastic.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved Avra. The food aloneI loved Avra. The food alone was well worth the visit. Our waiter was pretty stand-offish and was nowhere in sight when it came time to get the check. The owner was around, but seemed to spend his time talking with the regulars. In any case the food and ambiance more than made up for that. My grilled sardines and calamari stuffed with four cheeses was truly superb. A friend who ate with us is still raving about the octopus.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMMy favorite NY restaurant!!My favorite NY restaurant!! Food is always great, service is hit or miss. Reservations are a must!! Must order the Greek Salad, Crab Cakes, Octopus Salad & for dessert the yogurt.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always a wonderful andAs always a wonderful and pleasurable evening of great food and ambiance.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAvra will never let you down.Avra will never let you down. The food is consistently stellar, the waitstaff is friendly and helpful, and the ambiance is both lively and romantic (if that's even possible). Everyone loves Avra. Go in the spring so you can have soft shell crabs - pan fried.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe fish we ordered was veryThe fish we ordered was very expensive but tasted wonderful and was big enough to feed three people.
Beet sallad we had was very good as well as the bread, olives and dip that came with it.
We had to ask three times for lemon slices for our water. We also had to ask three times
for them to fix the wobbly table. Service needs to improve!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMBooked this restaurant toBooked this restaurant to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and it was perfect, table for two tucked away, the staff were very attentive and made us feel special even gave us a complementary dessert with Happy Anniversary written on the plate. The fish was excellent and the wine good and reasonably priced.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways great and reliable.Always great and reliable. We've eaten here many times and will continue to come back!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA Family affairSpecial family event topped off with a special dinner.
We all loved everything about it.
An example why NYC is known for wonderful dining experiences.
This was one of them.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM"An extraordinary taste of Greece"If you like ethnic Greek food this is the restaurant to take your wife, girlfriend or significant other. The service is impecable, the servers are right on the mark, and the food is as close as it gets to having dinner in GREECE. Imbrace your partner, drink and enjoy the evening at AVRA. OPPA !!!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA MUST GO FOR FISHGreat greek salad, great grilled dorad
everyone loved their meals
expensive3/29/2013 12:00:00 AM