NERAI
NERAI

NERAI

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://nerainyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127595554x
  • Hours of Operation:
    We are happy to be of service-6 Days a Week

    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:45am-10pm
    Dinner: Saturday 5pm-10pm

    We are closed on Sunday's until September 7th

    We will be opening for Breakfast soon (target 9.15.14)
    Off premise catering reserved through our Private Events 212-759-0694
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Chef Chris Christou
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We have a wonderful Corporate Catering Menu. From individual "lunch boxes" for 6 to elaborate Chef's Tasting Menu for 100 people. We can tailor any order to suit your needs. Please contact hospitality@nerainyc.com. You can also phone us at 212-759-0694.
  • Entertainment: n/a
  • Special Events: Please join our email list for invitations to Wine Maker's Diner's and Chef's Tasting Menu Events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison Ave & Park Ave
  • Public Transit: Conveniently close to the 53rd Street Subway
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking garage located across the street-54th Between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
A word from NERAI
NERAI offers a contemporary twist on sophisticated Greek dining in the heart of the city. We feature a vivacious bar, elegantly appointed dining rooms and a relaxed, private event spaces. Our flavorful fresh seafood focused dishes and our layered cocktails are stripped down to their simple essence, revamped for a twist, then it is presented beautifully. Our polished service team pays attention to each individual guest, striving to make their experience outstanding. NERAI provides our guests with a peaceful escape from the hustle of NYC. Whether we are welcoming local business leaders, ladies for lunch, colleagues after-work for drinks, we satisfy every guests needs.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
NERAI reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (49)romantic (38)great for lunch (37)special occasion (36)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (24)notable wine list (11)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Exquisite greek food
    kfriedie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I've never had fine-dining greek fare before and it was absolutely amazing. We were seated outside the front (it's really great outside, especially on a beautiful evening, but I don't think this area receives as good a service as the rest of the restaurant). The dips (spicy feta & hummus) with warm pita bread is delicious. The calamari with stuffed feta and prawn is possibly the nicest calamari dish I've ever eaten. Tuna tartare and bbq octopus both really tasty too. Mains- the duck 'baklava' was delightful and the scallops enjoyable. Dessert we couldn't go past the baklava and glad we didn't. The food was truly exceptional. Decor and ambience very cool too. Expensive but worth it
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb midtown lunch spot
    jokrisVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I frequently hold client lunches at Nerai and am never disappointed. The food is consistently fresh, well -prepared and delicious. The fish is particularly good- try the Branzino. The greek salad is perfection. The restuaruant's ambience is perfect, especially upstairs where tables are well spaced and acoustics are better. The wait staff, while friendly and professional, could be more attentive and sharp, especially on busy days. Overall, this is my go -to midtown restaurant for great food at reasonable prices in a beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    carole
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great shrimp pasta and gazpacho also nice Greek salad be prepared that it's only a pre fix lunch so can't order just an entree desserts also outstanding sponge cake with chocolate mousse only minus we came early they said that they were not open until 12 no problem we went to the bar. We were not there 5 minutes when several others came in and were seated right away we had to get up with our drinks and ask to be seated very strange. One other item all of the plates were really nice with numerous shapes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Travelingny
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I dined alone. I had a nice table. The food was excellent. I asked the waiter if my original choice of Greek salad and oregano fries was enough for a meal . He said it was very light so I added a side of hummus. It was way too much food for one person. There are also tables in the bar and you can order food at the bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were a group of 6, all first timers. I'll start by saying everyone loved everything. We sat upstairs. The noise level is vastly different between the floors. Upstairs is quieter, which was perfect for us as we could all hear each other and you don't get the feeling that you're banished, downstairs is noisy. It's a pretty place. I recommend the calamari app, the trio of spreads, the salads for apps. Main dishes we had were scallops, halibut, duck moussaka, and short ribs-all delicious. If I had to find a fault, it's that one person's main dish was delayed. Service was attentive, just right. I'm not a big desert person but I tasted someone's baklava and could've eaten it all. We will all definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails
    BobbyH
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    On this our 7th outing at this superb restaurant nwe finally broke dow and had the tasting menu with wine pairings. While this means we will be eating beans for a while, it was well worth the expense. Resisting the impulse to recite the whole menu, the lamb loin with peaches, dandelion greens and sheeps milk yogurt was the standout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious meal
    rhodaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My daughter and I dined here on a Thursday evening. I was a little worried at first when the service started off slow. But then the entire wait staff came to life. The Greek salad was perfect. The tuna perfect. The steak outstanding. And the fries out of this world. Our waiter could not have been any nicer. Once people find this little gem there will be no tables. I highly reccommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a real find
    mikesayanything
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Greek seafood restaurant shines with the freshest of fish, a diverse menu and excellent service. Not your usual fare so be ready for an amazing culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Viva la Nerai
    Yoda
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been here a few times and this place fails to disappoint. Food is absolutely amazing, can't say enough about how ridiculously awesome their grilled octopus is, and their tarama spread is the best i've ever had. Got recommended a great greek assyrtiko wine to go with dinner. Tried a weekend here this time and I know weekends in midtown in the middle of summer are quiet, as this place is always jammed during the week when I pass by after work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food/disappointing wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went for a light, late dinner. Very well-prepared grilled octopus (among the best I've had) and duck confit. Service was pleasant but not as polished as you would expect at this price point. The wine list had very little for under $100 and not much more under $200, so kind of boring.
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  • Delicious & great atmosphere
    Shoegal21
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It's a really nice and cozy restaurant. The atmosphere & ambiance fits perfectly with the restaurant and mediterranean theme. The crab cakes were delicious, and the scallops is a must as an entree!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot for Business Lunch
    Fareeda
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was my second business lunch here in the last couple of weeks. It's active, but not overcrowded. The food is good, and the service is pretty quick. The prix fixe still offers plenty of options (8-10 options for appetizers, same for entrees). It's filling but not overly indulgent, so you can work afterward. The ambiance is nice, slightly more upscale than you find in this neighborhood without feeling "steakhouse"-y. Good for a date or drink as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative, modern Greek
    Epicure4711VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nerai has Greek roots but the food is elevated to a truly modern, fine dining level. It's light, innovative, and yummy - highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Very attentive and fresh, fabulous food! They made my niece feel very special for her 11th birthday. They made a sign with her name and age. She adored their restaurant and said it was the best dinner she's ever had!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faux fine dining
    MIMi
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    as a big fan of greek cuisine i decided to cheat on my favorite greek spot and give this place a try. What a dissappointment! It's one of those places where they take a good authentic food and try to make it 'fancy". The food was overseasoned, way too salty, refried, overdressed and presentation was way off. the servers lack skills, they are too pushy and awkward, we were approached by every single server offering us "things". A little annoying. Overall...we left dissappointed and will stick with our regular place in the future
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  • Was generally OK
    Luciyia
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I was expecting more creative dishes . My starter arrived late after reminding the waiter about it . Good quality and tasty food ,however there was nothing Med about it although there is a bunch of Greeks running the place . Wine list adequate but not offering big selection of wines poised for sea food .$270 for 2+2 imcluding a bottle of Greek wine is way on the upper side .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish Pricing
    ScocanVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Fish dishes are delicious but the pricing is very vague. They price by weight and when the bill came - I was surprised how expensive the 2 fish dishes were.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nerai -A Seafare Adventure
    annab
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Dining at Nerai was truly a delightful experience. The scene is peaceful and warm. The restaurant has a nautical theme. The staff was friendly and very attentive. The food is delicious. I especially enjoyed the octopus salad. It was well prepared and the chic beans were an added surprise. The fish is fresh and well prepared. The restaurant could improve the dessert menu. Nerai offered a price fixe lunch and I thought that the selections were varied. There was definitely something for everyone on the menu. It is a restaurant that I would recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing. Excellent service.
    Anne
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was our first visit and we were all raving. A wide selection of delicious food and excellent service. Will definitely come again and recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive and poor
    sidyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Service for an expensive restaurant was poor. They tried to leave used silverware (from appetizer to entree, on table for reuse. Wait for main course was well over 45 minutes. On ly thing great was the bread.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely space
    KMF58VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Beautiful clean space, excellent service with nice pre fix selection.
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    romantic, great for lunch
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  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Nerai has it all . Great location, great food and great service . We enjoyed the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MariaVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We were a group of 3 and we all enjoyed our visit/food/ service very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ZathomeVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    good lamb burger and grilled octopus for appetizer ($10 supplement on $36 prix lunch), the cod croquettes were bland and tasteless; grilled whole dorade (+$12) was excellent - perfectly cooked (i.e., not overcooked like most American restaurants),;dessert was also good. Prix fixe is good value but almost half the dishes - especially seafood - have supplemental cost. would definitely go back
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  • Lovely & Likeable
    jillybean
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It was a very early Sunday evening dinner. The setting is pristine and very comfortable. The Greek white wine was palatable and the lobster risotto was excellent. Nothing extraordinary about the food or desserts, but very pleasant dining experience. Tres Expensive!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MumaVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great dining experience. We will return very soon with more time to enjoy the different dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Delicious
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I've been here a few times and have loved it each and every time. They changed the menu and removed one of my favorite starters (Calamari) but the Cod croquettes are AMAZING!!! Definitely recommend it each and every time. I've have the same waitress 2x and she is AWESOME!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced simple food
    scholarwarrior
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Uncrowded, nice decor, outdoor seating option, good service. However $40 for grilled branzino seems excessive. If you go, have the $28 grilled octopus appetizer instead of the $60 grilled jumbo prawns. Definitely don't have both even if the waiter recommends -- too much charred flavor. The Brussels sprouts were too sweet -- need a touch of lemon.
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  • Exceptional Greek Dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have enjoyed many dinners at NYC Greek Restaurants as our friends who accompany us are of Greek-American origins..Nerai was the best Greek Restaurant we have experienced during our many trips to New York City..Pricey," But You Get What You Pay For"..Great Service, Nice Atmosphere, & Fabulous Food..
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing Greek
    ADeBourcyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This place is amazing. Love the small plates, amazing seafood, and the Greek bread is so fresh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    worksinhoodVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    What a find. From the atmosphere to the food. Pricey, but worth every single penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greek Food at it's Finest!!
    Mazel82
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Nerai always provides an overall astounding dining experience. The cuisine is always fresh, and consistent in taste and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud and tables too close
    RonpVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food and service were great. The noise level was too loud and the tables too close to allow conversation with my business guest. Maybe okay for a meal with a close friend but not a client.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't t know how nice it was!
    jacquet03
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My manager and I wanted to have a nice lunch and since she will be in Greece in 5 weeks, I thought this would be really nice. She thoroughly enjoyed the choice I made for lunch.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, beautiful restaurant
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I've been for lunch and now have had a chance to dine here for dinner. Everything we had was excellent. The food was cooked properly and the presentations were lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Epicurian
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Nerai is very far from a 'tossing plates' Greek Taverna. It offers a creative and sophisticated take on modern Greek food served by a charming staff in a gorgeous environment. I've eaten there 3 times now and never had a dish I'd not want again... and again... and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    DrFoodie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    So I have eaten at most of New York and Chicago's best restaurants. And Nerai was a new experience/. I went in at first waiting to experience a simple high end Greek restaurant with a boat loaded with fresh fish to chose from, but was pleasantly surprised. It seems the chef has successfully deconstructed traditional Greek recipes into complex and delicious apps and entrees. Duck moussaka for example. Their octopus is the best in the city, by far. Also gotta try the lobster orzo dish. Wow!! The place is not that cheap, but what good quality New York City restaurant is? But not every good quality New York City restaurant is this good. I will be back for sure, and not for a special occasion. Just because I am craving that lobster dish
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I discovered Nerai walking home from work one night. The bar is very sleek, and the dining room decorated in crisp white, which provides an open and airy vibe. Simplistic but beautiful. The staff, from the hostess to the waiter and managers were very helpful and attentive. Our waiter pick a great wine, and also recommended items off the menu. We started with the spinach pies which were delicious, followed by the grilled octopus, which was amazing, served over a bed of chicpeas. Dinner was the Short Rib Youvetsi, which is served over a bed of orzo, which was cooked perfectly. Dessert was the Kataifi, which was also delicious. I plan on visiting this restaurant again and would highly recommend to others!! Next time, lamb chops!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 128 reviews are from the NERAI reviews archive.
  • Lovely Place and Evening
    Mark
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The atmosphere at Nerai is very lovely and the service is authentically gracious. Would definitely recommend a visit, even though the food preparation is just a tad uneven. While our octopus starter was very good, the tiger shrimp were overcooked. The Dorado was excellent, but selections on the wine list were questionable (don't order the Reisling!). But any quibbles are generously handled by the staff with charm.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and Excellent
    Golem212VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A recent visit to Nerai turned a rainy Saturday evening into a culinary delight. The sleek and modern interior has a nautical motif. Seafood is excellent, although meat and pasta are also on the menu for those who prefer it. Service is welcoming, accomplished and professional. We dined on a superb octopus dish and an impossibly light halibut with artichokes. As for dessert, the lavender mousse is not to be missed. The wine list features selections from around the world, but the Greek wines are especially appropriate for the cuisine. We will return to Nerai, and encourage all to give it a trey.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate