Avra Estiatorio
Avra Estiatorio

Avra Estiatorio

  • 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
Avra Estiatorio reviews from OpenTable diners
321 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (160)great for outdoor dining (121)neighborhood gem (116)good for groups (106)special occasion (84)great for lunch (67)hot spot (64)notable wine list (60)romantic (59)great for brunch (26)vibrant bar scene (25)kid-friendly (15)late-night find (14)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Terrific !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. Had a great night dining with some friends. Great appetizers for sharing. Seafood was super fresh and tasty. Been here before and always can't wait to go back. Enjoy your visit to this great Resturant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek Delight
    Drfoodie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food, great scenery. The courses were excellent, well prepared and very filling. The portions were perfectly cooked and the servers knew exactly what they were serving. Excellent choice for a night out. Very loud though, try not to sit near the door or the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • . Best seafood in New york.
    stoon
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food, service and ambiance is great. Seafood is always fresh. Among the best seafood in New York
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MelK
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is beyond delicious and the service is always fantastic. Avra always makes for a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must
    CDMdinersVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food, great service, and seated right on time. Our waiter really knew the menu and the extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    AmyJVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Avra was excellent. The service was great - they did not rush us at all. The food as, expected, was wonderful - cooked just as we had requested. I will definitely we back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Greekk restaurant with great seafood
    WWoo
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Service was very good but waitress wasn't overly knowledgeable about the fish or wine options. Definitely worth checking out if you're into fresh seafood grilled to perfection in the classic Greek way!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    Emg7855VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Agra came highly recommended but did not live up to expectations. The service and the food was uninspired. My halibut was salty and overdone. The baklava was dry and inedible.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place but the wait was unacceptable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I made a 7:45 reservation. We arrived at 7:15 to have a drink at the bar before dinner. We were told our table would be ready at 7:45 - which was fine. The bar tender was rude but we managed to get a drink eventually. At 8:00 I went to check on the table. I was told it would be 5 min more. 15 min later I asked again. I was told 5 min again. Finally at 8:30 we were seated. Barely an apology let alone a drink while we waited or even an update to us. HORRIBLE. However food and wait staff was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish, lovely setting. early reservation
    Eileenfried
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    we've gone to this restaurant many times. it's always a positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh fish, great Greek
    AmblerJVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Warm, comfortable atmosphere, great outdoor space as well. We tried multiple apps, highlights were octopus, shrimp, and pita with choice of dipping spreads. All excellent. They sel fish by the pound. Pricy but incredibly fresh. We tried a few different bottles of Greek wine. Reasonably priced (for NYC) decent quality and definitely interesting. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite brunch on East Side
    CtTravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Avra is a gem. If you're looking for a brunch place you can't go wrong. Food is excellent, and service is impeccable. We have tried the brunch items as well as the main menu items and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch in Midtown NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food was very tasty and unique (Fig pancakes were great). Service was first class (always attentive without being annoying). Live jazz built a fun ambiance. Finally, we VERY much appreciated being able to eat, visit, and not feel rushed to give up our table. The prices were extremely reasonable for NYC. Will make this regular stop.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Terrible service. Could never find a waiter. They acted like it was an imposition to take our order. Food is good but attitude is bad
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We found this restaurant by just walking around midtown Manhattan. The seafood was great, and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking for Mediterranean cuisine. They specialize in fish by the pound, which makes it difficult to order separately for tables of one or two. This concept works better for larger groups. It would be nice if they offered more dishes that could be ordered by an individual. If you are in the mood for seafood with a Mediterranean flair, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Esteban
    Esteban
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Best greek restaurant ever. Food is amazing. Fresh fish by the pound, it's a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Meal
    Food4thought
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Enjoyed everything about our experience at this restaurant. Delicious food meticulously prepared and presented with excellent wait service and attention to detail. The Chilean Sea Bass was to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Midtown greek Restaurante
    RH00
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Avra is an excellent greek Midtown Reataurante. Fish is fresh and the octopus appetizer deliciuos. The Fix Price is a good alternative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid gold
    beast
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Avra pricing is so reasonable compared to the value and what you get; Stelios runs a great operation; superior taste, healthy, great service; proper amount of noise and a few pretty people but still equally suitable for a date, for business, even for family; by far, top restaurant in manhattan
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and Tasty
    RobertaVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We visited this restaurant for a late dinner for six after a show. It was still hopping and had a vibrant atmosphere. The food and service were great and we had a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came with a family of four (two adult children) for a 55th birthday. We had a wonderful experience and it definitely seemed like a special occasion type of place. The food was incredibly fresh and presented beautifully. Would definitely recommend for seafood lovers, as most of the menu was fish or shellfish. Favorites: crab cake, tuna tartare, mussels, and basically everything on the menu. The wine list was extensive with wines from every country. The waitstaff was knowledgable and had helpful suggestions. Can't wait to return! Also- much bigger portions than expected... I think I'm still full... Two days later
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pure foods prepped to perfection
    PhotoBos
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    When looking for a meal which is tasty, healthy and pure, look no further than this Greek inspired restaurant. Every dish, side, appetizer tasted like the food it was supposed to be. Unlike other places that hide their food in sauces and creams or butters. These meals were delicious. The fish was as fresh as it could get and filleted with just a touch of lemon. Out of this world. wines by the glass options a bit flat. Not impressed with any of the red wine choices overall. Ambiance in the bar area is my favorite part of the reataurant. I would avoid being seeted in the far back portion of the place. That is best suited for larger parties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disorganized meal
    Anothermeal1VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food always great, but service not up to par...forget to place an order for one of the entrees, so two of us ate while the third waited for food. Gave us a sloppy plate of cookies to make up for it. Sat down and were asked by at least 3 different servers, one after another, if we wanted a drink and what kind of water after we had already told the first person. Totally disorganized and not the experience I have had in the past.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty authentic
    Shaptse
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Try the fassolakia, Greek salad, sardine appetizer, any of the fish, and yogurt for dessert. The wine list is excellent for Greek wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had a very disappointing experience - good food, but absolutely terrible service. Advised front staff upon leaving and they did seem too concerned. Disappointing as this is usually a very nice dinner out.
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  • Still popular, with good reason
    Apprehensive
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We've been visiting NY for years and Avra Estiatorio is always on our list. The fish is always fresh, and the preparation never overwhelms the taste of the fish. The seasonings are typically Greek with lots of herbs and olive oil. (The olive oil on the table, often overlooked because of the fabulous appetizer dips is excellent.) Save room for dessert as unlike some Greek restaurants these are not cloyingly sweet, but balanced. Not a place for an intimate conversation unless you can sit outside. People come here to eat, drink, and enjoy themselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We had a very nice dinner on a warm fall evening. The outside dining looked very attractive but we sat inside as we would have to wait to sit outside. This is a seafood restaurant. All of it was quite fresh and cooked well but simply so the natural flavor came through. By the time we left (9 PM) the place was packed. Service was brisk (NY style) but attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a wonderful meal
    LuvtodineVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great food great service beautiful decor. Would recommend and go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food... but
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    So every time I eat at this place I ask myself why. Then I remember... it's the great food. It is not how you are treated, as the hostess always seems like she is bored and you are annoying her, or the waiters who really could care less. It's the amazing fresh fish, and the way they prepare every dish. I'be probably had lunch or dinner here 20+ times in the last couple of years (it's in my neighborhood), and not once has anyone acted like I had ever been in before. I recognize all the waiters! There is another great Greek place called Ethos a few blocks away... I walk in there and I feel like family. But for the absolute best fish you still have to go to Avra.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Wonderful seafood choices- a lovely combo playing background music for Sunday lunch/brunch made for a very enjoyable experience. Our only disappointment was the baklava made with almonds?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Every one loves Avra. It gets 5's across the board
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food - great service but a deafening noise level
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fifth Visit
    jamesglazier
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I always enjoy dining at Avra. The food is well prepared and presented. The ambiance is very beautiful. If you like or love fish this is the place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Foodie29
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service and food was great! Will definitely go back soon. I ordered the arctic char, it was very fresh and delicious. The baklava was equally amazing. It wasn't overly sweet - very well made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • James sherman
    Jimmys
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We are far too old to return as we found noise level unbearable
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Accommodating...
    Sizedout
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Crowded because food is great...but creates tight and noisy environment. They pulled two table together for me and my guest because of our size, 6'6", 240lbs. After we asked a few questions the waiter recommended selecting a whole fish to split that was specially prepared. Perfect portions. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was my third visit here. I come to NYC at least once or twice a year and always looked forward to Avra. However, this Thursday night was a disappointment from many aspects. The place was overcrowded to the point that all I could think of was how greedy the owner must be that they had to cram in "just one more table" and so on. This added to the noise level. Forget about getting romantic or having a good conversation with your companion. The waiter was gruff and abrupt. I couldn't tell if he was pretending to be snobbish or was just overworked. The food did not disappoint, but let's face it, that's not the only reason one goes out to dine. Sadly, that will be my last visit to what I had thought was my favorite restaurant in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • expense account needed
    grammyVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food was good except that we ordered an appetizer and dessert and paid the cost of a full three course meal elsewhere. Go when someone else is paying the bill.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Greek Food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Outstanding Greek Food, especially Fish and Seafood!!! Love this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always consistently good
    GlobalNYDiner
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Avra does Greek right. Always great, perfectly cooked grilled fish, knowledgeable waiters and nice atmosphere. I've eaten there at least three dozen times and never been disappointed yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.