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Ithaka
Ithaka

Ithaka Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ithakarestaurant.com/
  • Email: ithaka@ithakarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 628-9100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:30PM - 3:30PM
    Diner: Monday - Friday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM, Saturday - Sunday: 3:30PM - 10:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Harry Hatziparaskevas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Only delivery from items on our menu.Special pricing for large orders.
  • Private Party Facilities: For Lunch 12:30 - 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Private Party Contact: George Hadjiparaskevas (212) 628-9100
  • Entertainment: "Classic dishes make diners dance in the Greek aisles!"

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second Avenue
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6 subway stops at 86th street and Lexington Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ithaka
Chef Harry Hatziparaskevas stokes the savory fires at Ithaka. All dishes are inspired by classic Greek Cuisine.
The pleasures of Ithaka's table are so delightful that you will sit there for a while. It isn't that the menu is full of surprises, but rather that every dish has remarkably consistent quality. Chef Hatziparaskevas always coaxes maximum flavor from each facet of a dish.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Diner Reviews
  • "Made the mistake of coming into the city and trying to get uptown from Grand Central during a steady and cold rainfall, but was pleased once we got into the restaurant. It is a cozy and comfortable spot. The service was attentive, the fish was fresh and delicious (I had the bronzini and my husband had the prawns). A bit pricey, but well-prepared. The only disappointment was the Oregano Fries- limp, not crispy. Overall, it was a charming place with decent Greek food (comparable to the fare one can get in Astoria)."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We love Ithaka! the food is always delicious and the service is excellent. We have eaten there many times and have never been disappointed. They make you feel like you are home, in Greece!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This was my first dinner at Ithaka. We shared a fish (which was good and reasonably priced) and a Greek salad, with Greek doughnuts for dessert (much like beignets). Portions were fair, though this restaurant is a bit more expensive than Ethos, our usual go-to Greek restaurant and a long-time favorite in Murray Hill. I wish there were a few cheaper wine options. But that's a minor quarrel, and certainly not something specific to this restaurant. I'm sure we will be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Fresh, fresh fish! Consistent and delicious Greek food!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good Greek food at reasonable prices. The grilled octopus & grilled sausage are 2 of our favorite outstanding appetizers!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Ithaka proved to be a cozy place with great food and a helpful staff. The Saganaki was recommended for an appetizer and we totally enjoyed it. We chose Red Snapper for our main course and were delighted when our waiter filleted it at the table. Dessert was Galaktoboureko. This dessert alone will keep us coming back to Ithaka. The recommended Greek wine was refreshing and affordable. By the end of our meal we were already planning our next visit to Ithaka. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "cddThis is my second time at this restaurant and overall I would say that this time I am not running back. I found the service to be awkward (3 people waiting on one table, but yet not really doing anything), the whole schtick with sitting for 20 minutes before we give you menus is ridiculous and the food was bland. I could have made better greek food at home. Save your time and money, don't eat here."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "It was our first time there and it was pleasant experience all around, Very laid back yet professional service. Food was very good , fresh sea food and flavorful lamb. Simple and safe to say pretty authentic as far Greek cuisine goes. We tried one dessert the semolina almond cake it was less than okay but that didn't Affect the overall experience . Will go back and totally recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent service in an attractive space with a relaxed ambience. Good Greek food."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We shared the fava spread. It was so good. I had the special prawns. They were very large and the sauce of a simple lemon, organo and olive oil was delicious. My husband had the whole fish and he really enjoyed that, too. The decor needed a face lift, but I would return to this restaurant to try more meals."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wow Wow Wow. Felt like I was in Greece again. Food was fantastic. Each dish was as good as the last one brought out. Will re-visit!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Best Greek restaurant in NYC! We recommend to all of our friends."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The service is personal and attentive without being intrusive. The food, especially the fresh fish, is outstanding. The price is reasonable. What more could you ask?"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "dinner was pleasant, food was very good, but servive THIS TIME was painfully slow"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "First time at Ithaka. Food was tasty. Appetizer portions could have been more generous. The grilled shrimp only offered 4 shrimp for $16. The mixed appetizer had smallish servings of 3 dips. The branzino lived up to expectations from other reviews. Highly recommend it. I would return."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We have eaten at Ithaka on almost every trip to NYC in the last 10 years. We don't get great authentic Greek food in California and Ithaka is the true Greek experience, down to all the waiters and staff being Greek, as well. We started off with generous cocktails (Manhattans) that were quite good. We had the appetizer of a trio of dips - the tzaziki, roe, and fava bean dips. Since I am gluten free, they offered to bring cucumber spears for me which was great. They also served it with pita and bread which my husband enjoyed. We both had specials off the menu. I had a whole fish grilled branzino which was cooked perfectly and fileted right at the table. My husband had a delicious lamb and okra dish. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "It's a great place to eat, the staff are really sweet, the atmosphere is great for family or romantic or simply just some friends."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We love going to Ithaka - the staff is professional and friendly. The menu is terrific and the food is wonderful."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "A neighborhood gem a restaurant that you will not be disappointed with"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "This is the 2nd time I have been to Ithaka in a month. I like the food and it's a good place to meet friends who live uptown. I have been going to Ithaka since it was in the West Village."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "From the moment you step into ithaka you feel you are at a taverna in a Greek lsland. The food is fresh and tasty.Having lived in Greece many years l felt at home here! Must try the whole grilled fresh bronzino! The waiter even de bones it by the table!"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Went for Thanksgiving - Had a pre-fixe dinner of Trout Almondine and Traditional Turkey Dinner. Both very good. We also had an additional appetizer of stuffed peppers - excellent. Good service and ambience."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Always fresh and delicious! When our son comes in from Nashville this is where he wants go."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "I have eaten Greek food my entire life, and I've never had a better eggplant dip than the one at Ithaka. The service is always warm and friendly and they really excel at whole grilled fish. It's definitely one of my favorites in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I have been coming to Ithaka from time to time over the years. Never disappointed. Loved the Branzino."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Wasn't sure about the blue-lit ceiling when we walked in, but found it was rather transportative to the Greek Isles after my first glass of retsina. Spreads and pita very good, as was the saganaki, horiatiki salad and kefkedes. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We go to Ithaka a log and I have to say we have never had a bad meal. George, the owner greets you as long lost friends even if it is your first time. Even the drinks are a very nice size."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "This was the best place I've been to in a while. George, the owner/manager, was extremely gracious from the moment we came in. The waiter, I believe his name is Tino, was very attentive and kind. The food was pretty excellent. I specifically enjoyed the grilled octopus. My girlfriend got the rabbit stew, which was excellent and tender, and I got the lamb souvlaki, which was also fantastic. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I would be happy to return. We liked it so much we bought a gift certificate for a friend. We had the stuffed eggplant for an appetizer and lamb and shrimp for a dinner All was wonderful. Only negative was why they sat us next to their service area where their computer is when the restaurant was not that full"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Ithaka is a quaint slice of traditional Greek cuisine in Manhattan. The decor and food almost makes you feel like you are in a small restaurant in Greece. The food is simple with many of the traditional favorites on the menu."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Tithe fish is always amazingly fresh, prepared simply so you can appreciate the freshness. You choose your fish from a selection of fish before it is cooked."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "I love Ithaka! I planned a girls night out for 4 friends and it did not disappoint anyone. We all loved the food and the ambiance. We shared several appetizers and two main dishes and all were excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who loves Greek food. In the restaurant or through delivery the food is always fresh and delicious. I am a loyal customer and can't say enough how great this restaurant is. I can't wait to eat here or order in again soon."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "We eat here once a week and the food is always fresh and delicious"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Great service and great food! Manager came over to say hello and answer questions on the menu. We sampled several appetizers and had a great lamb entree. Waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "You don't go to Ithaka for ambiance, but rather for the food! They have the absolute BEST grilled octopus & sausage (both are appetizers). Their whole fish & lamb entrees are delish & the donut & baklava desserts melt in your mouth! I keep going back & I'm never disappointed."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Everything was great will defiantly be going back the atmosphere was nice enjoyed our dinner much so service was great and food was really good."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The experience was great from the start. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable about the wines. He also gave us great tips for dinner. Our waitress was very attentive and the food came out quickly. We had the 3 spreads with pita and meatballs for the appetizer. The eggplant and tzitiki spreads were my favorite. I had the octopodi for dinner and it was delicious. We will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I've been here a few times and have always had great food. Last night I brought my husband and he LOVED it. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated, but the food and service are really the highlight. We were well attended to while still being left alone. Highlights of the food we had would be the Calamari, Lamb & Orzo in a clay pot, and the fish of the day - which is always fresh and delicious. Another favorite of mine are the giant beans (appetizer) and their salads. Highly recommend, we will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We dine here once a week and have never had a bad meal"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "When we finally got our food, it was very good, ample and well prepared. But there was some kind of mess-up in kitchen or service or communication, and it was an hour and 25 minutes (from time of seating) until we got our main course. They were apologetic and even comped us some of the meal, which was not necessary; better is for a smooth reliable system..."
    Dined on 9/21/2013