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Ithaka
Ithaka

Ithaka Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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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Diner Reviews
  • "Got the fresh fish specials. Large portions and solid food, nothing memorable"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We brought our good friends who love Greek food. They loved it and will defiantly go back again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The delicious food and amazing staff make this restaurant great"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Ithaka is everything we want in a neighborhood restaurant: great, tasty food, a friendly (but not smothering staff), and good value for the money."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Wonderful Greek salad and delicious Branzino. You can't go wrong when ordering everything is great. "
    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. "
    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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We brought our friends from New Jersey and they loved it! They are going to tell all of their friends to go. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This is a consistently excellent restaurant, pleasant atmosphere, nice for a get-together when you want to be able to talk to your friends."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Seems overpriced for a neighborhood place. Food was "okay", certainly not worthy of the prices charged. Disappointing."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The best Greek food on the Upper East Side. Always fresh and delicious!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "dinner was pleasant, food was very good, but servive THIS TIME was painfully slow"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "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