Avra Estiatorio
Avra Estiatorio

Avra Estiatorio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.avrany.com/
  • Phone: 2127598550
  • 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
308 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (152)great for outdoor dining (133)neighborhood gem (101)good for groups (97)special occasion (93)great for lunch (73)romantic (63)notable wine list (55)hot spot (53)vibrant bar scene (33)great for brunch (31)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (8)Show More
  • Service and portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went on a Staurday night and it was a mistake. The noise level was very high and the service was terrible. The waiter took our order, they bought us our food in which the portions were "TINY" and did not come back to ask us if we need anything or how was our meal! One of my guests actually asked the manager for more pasta that came with the lobster. At $54 a portions and pasta being soo inexpensive you should give a portion that is more than 4 forkfuls! I like the food, it is fresh and good but I will reconsider going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed from the start
    Prospect317
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Arrived on time and spaces in the lovely front room were available, but I (female) and female friend were quickly seated in an empty windowless back room that retains heat from the nearby broiler. We were groomed and properly dressed. When we asked to be reseated, the waiter argued a little with us, (denying it was hot) rather than immediately calling the maitre'd, but finally relented. We really had to insist. Next table was ok, but nothing special--a middle table in a row of 2 tops. Food was good and new waiter somewhat attentive, but this early in the evening experience left a bad taste in the mouth. Wish we had gone to one of the other great midtown restaurants nearby. Won't go again.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Freshest fish in town
    inwoodart
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have eaten here a number of times and have always loved our experience. The fish is extremely fresh, the appetizers are also a treat, and I love their walnut cake. We'll keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed environment
    Leylalovesparis
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service from our server was excellent. However the maître d and hostess made me feel rushed and even with a reservation there was a considerable wait. Very chaotic. The appetizers were disappointing but the prix fix is a good deal.. Good of you're in the nabe but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food Great Service`
    ArnoldVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant offers great food beautifully prepared and presented. The service is excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent seafood
    paniman
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fresh whole fish to share among two-three guests was outstanding, though not served with any side dishes at all. Pricey but excellent food and service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    At Avra you will always have a good meal. The food is super fresh and the service is great ! Go there , enjoy ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    HbDude
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have had a number of good times and good meals at Avra. But especially enjoyed my last meal with my girl. The wait staff is fun and knowledgable and the food has gone from good to great. My swordfish was the best I have ever had. Fully cooked but still moist. Simply prepared perfection that showcased the fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great restaurant, service, food and atmosphere were all great. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • used to be good
    MARKVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have eaten here three times a year for 8 years. Half of our parties fish dinner were unacceptable. We received an attitude from the waiter when one of us decided she could not eat the fish. The other party was intimidated to complain. We will never return. Our friends will not either. They recently had a graduation party and had planned to have a wedding for 100 people. They will not now.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always great fresh fish! Great service! Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Restaurant
    ArnoldVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Avra has it all. The food preparation and presentation is superb. Each waiter is trained to be attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food / mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food. They seem understaffed and we waited and waited for our meal. Wine was not replenished (our bottle was chilled a couple of feet from the table and we waited with empty glasses). Good for groups, if you have no time constraints and don't mind lots of noise. A good restaurant that could be great with better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very noisy
    jbdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    If you're looking for a quiet place for conversation Avra is not for you. The food is terrific-sparkling fresh fish, great salads, etc.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Always great will keep coming back!! fresh fish, vegetables and wonderful appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my faves
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I eat here ALL the time. Probably every week. The food is always amazing. I love fish and bar none, Avra always has the best fish in the city. Fresh, exciting, so delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    mhancock
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is a hidden gem in NYC. Awesome. Highly recommend. Food, drink, atmosphere are all top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kaps review
    KapsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Brought friends from out of town. Food was spectacular. Service was very good. Was a little expensive but you don't mind paying if the food is excellent. Recommend to anyone who likes fish prepared exactly the way you like and we were sat at our reservation time. We wet attended well by the server and would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were a party of four and everyone's fish was overcooked.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive for what you get
    OttawaFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The first thing that hits you is the noise level. Then the prices on the menu. $15 for a basic tomato salad. $23 for a lukewarm grilled octopus appetizer. Should be half those prices. Main courses were very tasty. Wine list extensive and, of course, nothing under $50. So all in all, reasonably good food for a lot of $. If you have too many drachmas in your pockets, or want to spend the company's expense account, then go here. If you are looking for great Greek food at a reasonable price look somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    FishFan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The was very good, but the experience was spoiled by very slow and often inattentive service. Very long wait (at 7pm) for the sea bass we ordered to arrive at the table. We were seated in a noisy back corner room, near the steps. Difficult to have a conversation. I'll stick with Astoria restaurants in the future. Food quality was good... shared a Greek salad and sea bass, well-prepared.
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  • Midtown change of pace
    dmkbVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Nice change of pace for midtown business lunch, away from the usual steak houses. Service is fast and organized so you can get in and out for a business lunch, when everyone descends on the restaurant at the same time. Fish is always fresh and there are nice light choices for lunch. The bread, olives, radishes and hummus that are presented as soon as you sit down are delicious. The octopus is terrific as a starter, charcoal grilled. The Loup de Mer is a favorite, serviced simply with olive oil and lemon. The oregano fries are a good accompaniment. The outside seating area is nice as well and is sheltered somewhat from the sidewalk and street traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    billie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    we went to celebrate my daughters 22 birthday. There was lovely outdoor dining area but we were seated in the back, back "wine room." There were two large groups there and it was very noisy. We couldn't have a conversation. We should not have been seated in that area. There were other areas that would have been much nicer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas for dinner!
    CJinFL
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Three of us came for an early Sunday night dinner. We had two awesome bottles of sauvignon blanc and split several plates of appetizers. The olives are wonderful, the mussels are tasty, and the octopus is to die for. We don't live in NYC, but we'd love to come back someday.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYLew
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is always a great place. I like to bring out of towers here because they're not going to find a restaurant like this where they live.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but the service??
    LongIslandLady11797
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant came very highly recommended by our son who has taken business clients here for dinner on several occasions. We arrived at Avra on time for our 5:00 reservation. We informed our waiter that we had an event at 7:00 to attend and assumed that he would keep an eye on the time during our meal. Well, he was not as attentive as we had expected and was hard to find when we needed him. Our daughter, who was here on business from Washington, D.C., had to go look for him so that we could place our order for dessert. We only ordered 2 dishes of gelato and still had to wait for quite some time before they were brought to our table. Everyone (there were 4 of us) enjoyed their meals but we were very disappointed in the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MY FAVORITE SEAFOOD SPOT IN MIDTOWN
    JacktheDragon
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    GREAT WINE, OLIVES, BREAD AND THE SEAFOOD IS WONDERFUL. WE HAD OCTOPUS, CALAMARI, SOFTSHELL CRABS AND THE BLUE POINT OYSTERS. ALL WERE EXCEPTIONAL, NICELY SERVED WITH ADEQUATE SAUCES AND LEMON. THE SERVICE WAS PRECISE, FRIENDLY AND YET APPROPRIATELY PROFESSIONAL
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent all around
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A consistently excellent choice. Service is prompt, food is fresh and well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i will always love you
    voolksorfVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    i love you, you are the best, i love the blonde hostess, muack
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Greek restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    It is consistently great, never had a bad meal, I try to go at least once a month. The price fixe lunch is great value. The staff is very attentive. I would recommend every dish I have had especially the fish.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek food
    MF28
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us. We wanted a good Greek restaurant in Manhatten. This definitely fit the bill as the food was delicious. Being of Greek origin we are fussy... I highly recommend this restaurant..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food, tables a bit close
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    enjoyed our dinner last night delicious fresh salad, nice arctic char and recommended wine was good only complaints were the tables were close, even for ny and i thought pricing was high
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Atmosphere
    karen
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really enjoyed the food, ate dinner here with my mom on a girls trip to NYC. Great food, service was great also!!!, otherwise it was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent seafood
    ATNYC
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great seafood, good (not great service). I'm a Manhattanite and have no problem paying for quality food. I thought it was bit pricey versus comparable places and seemed to have quite a few tourists, but it is Midtown. Definitely recommend a reservation as we still had to wait with one. Food was worth it though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Great Greek
    NoseyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our favorite NYC restaurant Have eaten here over fifteen times
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is poor
    dinethyme
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Third dinner at Avra and every time the service is poor. Check-in process is brusque unwelcoming. We were seated for at least 20 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us and took a drink order. Recent party of 3 included a friend who is allergic to gluten/wheat. She ordered items with no gluten-containing ingredients mentioned on the menu AND told the waiter of her allergy. Yet her arugula salad arrived with 3 large pieces bread on top. 4 tries total to get a simple salad right, including them just removing the bread and re-presenting the same salad - UNACCEPTABLE with a food allergy! The process was so incompetent as to be almost comical.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • avra
    hunter2323
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The 2nd most romantic dining destination in my opinion in NY 2nd only to the river cafe. Food unmatched great wine list enough said dine outside if possible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service and food were very good. Nothing too fancy, just right.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great fresh fish. Nice atmosphere. We had a tight table for 7 but I had up'd the resie from 6! Wonderful apps and amazing fish would return in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Olya
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Made a reservation 10 minutes prior. Arrived earlier, were seated without a problem even had a choice between tabeles. Server wasn't great, we felt neglected. But other staff members, bussers were very attentive and helpful! Great place, good food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.