Ithaka
Ithaka

Ithaka

  • 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: 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
45 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (15)romantic (10)special occasion (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The food and wait staff at Ithaka are outstanding! The fish is always fresh and gets filleted right in front of you.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere and Food Delicious
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    George, the maitre'd and our waiter (the young fellow- I wish I knew his name) were both very personable and helpful. The food at Ithaka, the atmosphere and the service are always wonderful! Despite a crowd, they did their best to make us comfortable, with free wine at the bar while we waited for our reserved table. Thank you very much! Regards, Pat Miller
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Perfect.
    Neighborhoodiner1VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had a delicious meal here. Excellent grilled fresh fish and best grilled octopus on UES. Vegetables were fresh and crisp and service was outstanding. Everything was outstanding. Prices are fair and ambience is lovely and serene.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic greek, intimate setting
    Tiberius
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    lovely spot next to the local AMC cinema. Friendly service. Pleasantly light greek music playing. Excellent food, from greek wine & appetisers to fresh fish. The house kindly offered dessert for the 4 of us. Low ceiling, long and narrow restaurant make for an intimate setting, though well lighted. A couple of us showed up 40mn early and were still seated and attended immediately.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • A little piece of Greece on 86th St
    BunnyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    If you have never been to Greece to experience freshly caught fish from grilled to perfection and fileted at your table, go to Ithaca! It was so simply cooked allowing the natural flavors to shine. The vegetables were a perfect combination of crisp and tender. The wait staff was extremely accomodating. In fact, everything was so good, I went back the next night and tried a different fish! This is a family-owned restaurant you will surely want to make a regular dining experience (families included)
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My husband and I eat at Ithaca once a week. We brought our friends who love Greek food and they thought it was one of the best Greek restaurants they've ever been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is our new favorite local Greek (replacing Yefsi which has inferior food and service). Was quiet when we got there fairly early on a Friday night, but then picked up as what seemed like a local crowd headed in. Food was fresh, well-prepared and delicious. As others have stated, portions are large - we will order less food next time. Red snapper fileted at the table was exceptional - all the fish looked fresh delicious. Very good wine selection and fabulous Greek coffee (including decaf!) Service friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. We enjoyed the whitewashed decor - feels like Greece. We'll be back, often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food at Ithaka is always fresh and delicious! The waiters are very friendly and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Its close to Cinema 86 East, so we will be there again. My wife loved it a lot! We arrived for an early dinner and were out after an hour of dinning in time for the show. Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unexpected find
    SlnycVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've walked by this place several times and finally decided to stop in on a Friday night. The food is standard Greek fare and everything we tried was fantastic. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Greek Food at it's Best
    traveldinerVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great place. Every dish was fabulous and amazingly tasty. Super nice staff and fun to talk to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Fish!!
    ninaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent reception and wonderful menu! So much to choose from - great to share!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food Excellent Service
    KatieO
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food was delicious. Well prepared. Fast. Server was very accommodating and very friendly. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Authentic Greek
    VailFirstTimerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    So delicious! Have not had such delicious Greek cuisine since Athens and the islands. Wonderful, warm, unhurried and thoughtful service. A gem in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Fresh take on Greek food
    MadameAtTheMadisonVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Perfect service with varied menu that expands on the usual Greek food. Crab meat in phyllo over mushrooms; fish broth with fish, seafood, and root vegetables; and a superb milk pudding for dessert, all priced fairly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely, abundant meal
    Emthetraveller2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I went with my mother through searching Opentable website. Great place. Large servings of food, the best dips I've ever eaten. My mother had the slow cooked lamb - perfect! I had the seafood stew - such fresh seafood. I'd definitely go back there! Great waiter, very attentive staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The fish is always fresh and delicious. The waiters are excellent and really know how to filet a fish without leaving any bones.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels like Greece
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    As soon as you enter Ithaka you fell as if transported to Greece. The red terracotta tile floors and white lines between them create a warm feeling. Now the food is out of this world. l am of Greek decent and unfortunately do not know how to cook but my mothers Greek cooking was a main staple in our house. Ithaka's food is a notch above,. sorry mom. The way and speed that the whole grilled fish is deboned by the waiter next to our table left me astonished.! The plate was presented to me with just the meat and l can tell you there was not a bone to find! Good job Ithaka!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My husband I come here once a week and have never had a bad meal! Always fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BACK TO CORFU
    Michael
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Walking into this lovely and intimate place brought us instantly back to our many days on Corfu, many years ago. The decor is simple and fresh, with whitewashed walls and splashes of color, along with a skylight bearing white curtains seemingly moved by the breezes. The service was impeccable and we shared stories of our sojourn on the island with our waiter, raised there. The menu is extensive and includes several fresh seafood items displayed before us in their full, natural state by a server. Greek specialties are prominent on this menu, from the traditional samplings of stuffed grape leaves and spanakopita, to a light and flavorful beautifully done moussaka. The grilled shrimp and scallops served with grilled veggies were superb.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb all around
    Henry
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food is superb as well as the service , and ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic decor, authentic cuisine
    ChrisP
    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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  • Good time
    Chicago
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Got the fresh fish specials. Large portions and solid food, nothing memorable
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 202 reviews are from the Ithaka reviews archive.
  • 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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    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
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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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurenVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The delicious food and amazing staff make this restaurant great
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    great for lunch
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  • 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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    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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