Ithaka
Ithaka

Ithaka

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ithakarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2126289100
  • 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: Seafood, Greek
  • 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 2126289100
  • 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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Ithaka reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (14)kid-friendly (8)romantic (7)special occasion (6)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Authentic decor, authentic cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ithaka is very pretty. It looks like what you imagine a Greek taverna looks like. White stucco walls with blue accents and a slate floor set a nice atmosphere. The service staff is very attentive, and the food tastes authentic and is well-presented.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good time
    Chicago
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Got the fresh fish specials. Large portions and solid food, nothing memorable
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was delicious. Loved the mezes and octopus. The fish ordered was cooked perfectly. We found this restaurant by accident and it was a terrific discovery. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ithaka-Great Greek!
    Cincywxman
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The restaurant is the kind of neighborhood spot that all locals love. Simple, delicious and moderately priced. The food was very good from the appetizer, Keftedakia, to the entrees, Kakavia & Pasari Tis Imeras, to the dessert, Loukoumades which was the best that I've had in a while! I should have know that the dining would be first rate because our friend, Nick Gregory from FOX5, recommended it. As we all know, his forecasts are always spot on!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the Best.
    MichaelK
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Ithaka is always the Best. Have been a eatting there for years and never had a bad meal. The staff is great. The chef is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We brought our good friends who love Greek food. They loved it and will defiantly go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Greek Gem
    Nana6
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The presentation was clean and beautiful; The food was cooked to perfection; Interesting menu, I recommend the spreads - taramosalata, eggplant pure, skordalia, tzatziki; and their calamari. As a main course I had lamb chops which were delicious and my friend had bronzino fish which was also delicious. They have a variety of salads to pick from, we had the classic Greek salad which was very good and rich in feta cheese and pure olive oil. Our waiter Gus was very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Greek Cuisine
    esperanza
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It's not my first time at Ithaka and I was never disappointed, everything that I've tried here is delicious. We loved the dips (taramosalata, fava and the smoked eggplant puree), the grilled octopus and the Ithaka salad are always a must try. Great grilled fish, always fresh and tasty and don't forget to mention that George said the Loukoumades are on the house. Staff very friendly and helpful. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The delicious food and amazing staff make this restaurant great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Yorkville treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Ithaka is everything we want in a neighborhood restaurant: great, tasty food, a friendly (but not smothering staff), and good value for the money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Wonderful Greek salad and delicious Branzino. You can't go wrong when ordering everything is great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware of Greeks bearing bland food
    jjacobs1VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Ithaka looks the part, with white walls and paintings of Greek landscapes, but a selection of classic spreads (taramasalata, tsadiki, and skordalia) was remarkable only in its blandness (the skordalia could have been tile grout) and my fish of the day (a whole red snapper) was fileted slowly my fellow dinners were half done before I had a chance to finish my lukewarm but dried out fish. A lamb special with leeks was tasty but very light on actual lamb for the price. A decent bottle of Santorini and a comped dessert partially reedeemed the night but we are unlikely to return.
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  • GO ELSEWHERE
    NYCDiner
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This restaurant is terrible. The food was worse than a microwave meal. My wife and I suspected that our meals were prepared days before we ordered them and then re-heated for us. The octopus tasted like a Bridgeport tire and the moussaka tasted like a stale pancake. With so many options for Greek food in the area, go somewhere else. Even the local diner serves tastier options.
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  • Simple Delicious Greek Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very attentive wait staff. Modest prices with huge portions and nice side portions (included). Ordered grilled calamari and the plate came with at least 6 or 7 very large calamari. I could barely touch the sides which were nice, simple veges with rice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We brought our friends from New Jersey and they loved it! They are going to tell all of their friends to go.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This time we visited Ithaka we were disappointed. While the spreads with the warm pita bread were delicious, my muscles were stringy and tasteless. My husband ordered a seafood dish with shrimp and scallops. What he got was all spaghetti with a few shrimps and scallops.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We brought our friends with us who had never been there. They love Greek food and said this is the best they have had in NYC.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go to Greek-seafood
    findthebestVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This is a consistently excellent restaurant, pleasant atmosphere, nice for a get-together when you want to be able to talk to your friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so
    cheshireVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Seems overpriced for a neighborhood place. Food was "okay", certainly not worthy of the prices charged. Disappointing.
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  • Dinner birthday
    painfreeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was a return visit for a BDay celebration. George, the manager, arranged for a bigger table as we had surprise guests arriving. The small plates were generous and, as before, the grilled fish are amazing. Each fish is ample to share. Thus is first rate Greek food!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Greek food with a flair!
    stevigVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We love Greek food, especially our daughter who is a vegetarian. Ithaka had delicious food for everyone, especially the whole fish (red snapper), saganaki, taramasalata, Greek salads, and unique vegetarian plate with peppers stuffed with cheese. Serving staff was most efficient and caring to our needs. One truly great restaurant in the upper east side.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 185 reviews are from the Ithaka reviews archive.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The best Greek food on the Upper East Side. Always fresh and delicious!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shelter from the Storm!
    LoriK
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Good UES Greek Food
    DougVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent!
    ninaVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Fresh, fresh fish! Consistent and delicious Greek food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Ithaka! the food is
    threegirls
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Greek food at reasonable
    WawoVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Good Greek food at reasonable prices. The grilled octopus & grilled sausage are 2 of our favorite outstanding appetizers!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Touch of Greece
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cddThis is my second time
    TknycVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
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  • Simply delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great greek food
    jonathan
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Excellent service in an attractive space with a relaxed ambience. Good Greek food.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yasu Greece
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Best Greek restaurant in NYC!
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Best Greek restaurant in NYC! We recommend to all of our friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upper East Side Gem
    DocHSVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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?
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek on Upper Ease Side
    painfreeVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • dinner was pleasant, food
    xxxx
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    dinner was pleasant, food was very good, but servive THIS TIME was painfully slow
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Authentic Greek Food
    Tara
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We simply chose this place because it had an open reservation! It was Christmas Eve and it was AMAZING!!! We aren't from NYC, so we weren't even sure what we were in for but it was beyond expectations. The fish was filleted/served at the table....the oregano fries were out of this world. They were wonderful to help with items for my kids and made us feel so welcome. We've already told other people to go!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, great service,!
    Reneissance
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.