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NERAI Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://nerainyc.com
  • Email: hospitality@nerainyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 759-5554
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:45am-3pm
    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5pm-10pm

    Sunday Dinner: 5pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Chef Ioannis Markadakis & 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, which can accommodate 6 to 100 people. We can tailor any order for your office needs. Please contact hospitality@nerainyc.com. You can also phone us at 212-759-5554.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison Ave & Park Ave
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking garage located at 527 Madison 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a beautiful space. Appetizers were great, entrees were good"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The service wasn't great once the restaurant got busy. I think it's more suitable for a business lunch."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "not much to say - great food, very good service - serene atmosphere - thoroughly enjoyed!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I first discovered Nerai when my company chose it for lunch. It was so good, I came for dinner. I returned because the service and staff is outstanding. The waiter knew the wine I like from my last visit-how good is that! While lunch is a little slow to get food and the menu isn't as exciting, the dinner is fantastic. Either way, you have to get the grilled octopus. Crab cakes is all crab, and the sauce is killer. IMHO, the mark of a good restaurant is the ability to do the simple food really well. Our whole fish was great (we shared) Stand out dessert is custard fillo, and baklava...more filo! The greeks know what to do with fillo."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This Greek mid-town restaurant had an interesting menu and excellent food. The duck moussaka appetizer was outstanding as were the cod and halibut main courses. My only complaint was the wine list was very overpriced."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great $32 value for prix fixe lunch. Food (shrimp and fish) were well prepared and flavorful."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Fixed price lunch, but more of a dinner menu.. too much and too heavy and expensive for lunch. Also no ability to try more of the greek specialties for lunch like a group of mezethas , some soup and a salad. Uncomfortable seating .. too close together. Nothing to write home about.."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience at Nerai. The staff were all very attentive, while not being intrusive. The food was outstanding. We had an octopus appetizer that was out of this world. The bread was delicious and the fish was impeccably fresh. A definite repeater. Well worth the price. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The restaurant is very modern and pretty. Went for a business lunch. Was there almost 2 hours because of the service. Prix Fixe lunch is a good price with lots of choices. Calamari was very tasty but tough. Lamb burger tastes great. Except is came very rare. I was OK with that but my friend was not. It took almost 10 minutes to get someone's attention to send it back. Also, they need to add more sauce to the burger. Wait staff has perfected talking by the bar or walking by without making any eye contact. We sat for another 10 minutes before I could snag someone to pick up our obviously done lunch plates. Food is good but staff needs to be talked to about service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "first time there and loved it. great food and great atmosphere"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to Nerai earlier this week. We have been here a few times and have yet to be disappointed. We started with a few drinks, I had the Thymari. The apps have always been a standout. We split the Chips Nerai and the Grilled Octopus. Beware - the chips are dangerously good. They are thin and very crisp. For our entrees we had the lamb chops and short rib. Both dishes are absolutely amazing. I personally love how the short rib is over orzo. We also shared to ekmek for dessert. A must have! The vibe is more inviting than some of the other Mediterranean restaurants which also have great food but come as a bit stuffy. I would definitely recommend Nerai for a group especially with the upstairs rooms."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was, for the most part, excellent. The octopus appetizer was superb and the dorado entree was very good. My only complaint about the fish is that the minimum serving was 1.5 pounds, which I found a bit much (and somewhat pricey, since the fish was priced on a per pound basis). My only other complaint is that, because we were seated near the bar area, the noise level intruded somewhat on the conversation at our table."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "It is difficult to find a great restaurant on East 54th st. After a morning of shopping on the mid and upper East side, I found this oasis of calm at Nerai. Although it has leanings towards Greek food I like to think of it as Mediterranean cuisine. The food was tasty, light and perfectly cooked. I had a Greek salad, followed by the best grilled calamari I have ever had. It was so tender. Then I had the best Greek yogurt I have ever had. I don't want to know how many calories it was, but it was delicious. Served with crushed nuts and honey. The décor was lovely and the food was heavenly."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is a very beautiful restaurant. The food is excellent overall. The appetizers are particularly good."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Simply the best and most creative Greek restaurant in NYC."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Dunno why I felt obligated to start this with a line from Rocky, but its one of those days. Second time at this place, felt I had to write a review. First time was a few months back and it was not nearly as busy as this time, which is probably a good sign, as midtown is very corporate and hit or miss sometimes. Bar was busy, both floors were full, and food was outstanding. Grilled octopus was the best I've ever had, perfect char, right amount of lemon dressing. Lobster Orzo was also out of this world. Sommelier did a great job of recommending a greek wine that was perfect. This may be my new greek spot."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Our previous Nerai visit was the Valentine's Day prix fixe, this time it was their regular menu. Two very different things, so I hope a repeat review is all right. Our first impression of Nerai was superb. This visit was even better! And "impression" is the right word because not only was the food some of the best we ever had, but when we arrived we were welcomed *back* and they remembered my husband's severe food allergy. Aside from doublechecking the dishes he ordered to make sure they did not contain the allergen, the courteous, thoughtful folks at Nerai made sure he knew that certain dishes--like their fabulous baklava--were okay. (More than okay: heavenly!) He's named Nerai his favorite NYC restaurant. I agree!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Went for a business lunch picked by our client. We were late....not an issue. We had to rush them because of appointments....not an issue. Food was outstanding. They wanted to allow us to stay and enjoy as long as we would like but were wonderful at accommodating our need to get out."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Stylish restaurant in a convenient mid town location. Lively bar area. Food came quickly and our glasses were kept full. However, my $27 Octopus appetizer, which was supposedly a signature dish, was just so so. Greek salad was fine, but nothing special. The main course lamb was not as good as we make at home. I really had high hopes for Nerai but with so many great restaurants to choose from in NYC, I don't expect to return."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My guest and I both enjoyed a business lunch at Nerai. The food was delicious and the noise level was tolerable so you can hold a conversation without any problem. Good selction on the menu, however there is only a price-fixed 3-course meal offered."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My husband and I dined for the first time a few weeks back. We were pleasantly surprised. Food was delicious, traditional Greek with a modern twist. Dining room was lovely. Service was attentive and helpful. Forgotten salad was comped from bill, but given to us to take home anyway. Bartender was passionate about making us a perfect martini..much appreciated. Upstairs room perfect for private functions, which I will look forward to booking in the future."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Ultimately not worth the $$$$. All of the wines offered--all of them-- are close to $20/glass. It's fine to serve expensive dishes, but the portions should not be stingy. An arugula /pear/yogurt/walnut salad had fewer than 20 pieces of arugula. Too bad, because the restaurant's ambience-- both upstairs and downstairs-- is stunning, and the food is yummy. But everything is so outrageously overpriced (even by Manhattan standards) that we likely won't be back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Restaurant is very beautifully decorated but the food was just ok, the branzino is best fish on the menu and the Greek salad was good. The other fish we had was a little meaty and the appetizer to start was a trout appetizer, not great. I wouldn't rush to go back here for dinner but would try for lunch because service and staff are very nice and accommodating."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Greatest meal I ever had. Everything cooked perfectly and really don't think I could find something that was below spectacular."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "New lunch spot. Great whole fish, never had an arugula salad like theirs, grilled bread,. Try the spicy feta/taziki/hummus spread combo. The octopus is tender. Waiter remembered me from the previous week, always good to feel welcomed. Not noisy/on top of others. Didn't have time for the dessert-it was packed it for me to go...thanks."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We went to Nerai for Valentine's Day. Of course there was a prix fixe dinner. It was fantastic! Every dish was delectable and the service was brilliant. More important, my husband has a severe food allergy and they took the best care of him. He was able to enjoy everything, without compromise. We are looking forward to returning and trying their regular menu. I can hardly wait!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went for valentines day. The food was amazing! !! The service outstanding. Sooo attentive to anything their guests needed."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Every aspect of our Valentines Day dinner was wonderful. Food, service and decor were just great. This is a quiet restaurant for a special occasion. Since this was our first time and there was a special menu I cannot comment on the standard fare, but I will definitely be back!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything tasted so fresh at Nerai, from the appetizer to the entree. Tried the sampler spreads (we ordered the roasted red pepper, the hummus, and tzatsiki) and warm pita bread. Delicious! We each had the snapper and herb potatoes which were both excellent. Service was good, lighting and ambiance were both relaxing. My only complaint was that the tables and chairs were too small and we had to cram all of the food we ordered onto that little table, and there was a lot of food between the appetizer and entrees and drinks and bread baskets. Also, the tables were a bit too close to one another. Overall, a positive dining experience, food was fantastic and we will definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The zucchini and eggplant chips are outstanding. Short rib was very tasty. Waiter forgot to take down order for Brussels sprouts which sounded good. The wine glasses are a poor choice if they insist on purported six ounce pours. Seemed like it was short by a couple of sips. And the bus people need to back off. It felt like I needed a belt in a martial art just to save my plates (with delicious spreads left on them to dip delicious bread in) and glasses (with wine still left in it) from their endless attacks."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Fabulous modern greek and seafood in Midtown without crazy prices. This food is fit for foodies and the prix fixe lunch is a great find. A vibrant feel and clean light feel. It's a busy scene but just right. The bar will be great in the summer with the open front and marble bar."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Had lunch on February 10 at Nerai. Excellent food, attentive service and nice ambiance. Will definitely return and spread the word."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Like this Greek restaurant but have eaten at the same level or better for less. Wines by the glass very pricey.. Food consistently good but nothing great. The Greek salad, grilled octopus and Dorado all very tasty. Better for lunch then dinner. Service always polite and well- timed."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Dined there with my husband. From making the reservation, to the last bite of dessert-it was exceptional. Told the hostess it was my first time there, we asked for a romantic table-we got a cozy banquet. The duck moussaka took a while, but it was velvety and worth the wait. The carpaccio looked like a piece of art, but the octopus was amazing. The homemade bread and the different spreads was a nice intro-recommended by the waiter. We shared live langoustines-sweet. We barely had room for dessert, but thankfully, we were encouraged to try a mousse-filo-nut thing. Wonderful. We got a tour of the 2nd floor, really nice. We are already planning our next date night there."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I went for lunch and the food was fantastic!!! If you eat octopus, don't think about it - it is perfectly cooked and beyond delicious. We also had mezes and the traditional greek salad. Restaurant is very pretty and service was terrific. Highly recommend..."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "You really feel like you are dining at a fancy restaurant in the Greek isles. By New York standards, it is not uber fancy, but would be a nice place to take a date, nonetheless. The food is very good. My lavraki was cooked to perfection. I went with a small group of girlfriends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Although, it is a bit on the expensive side."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Beautiful new restaurant on 54th st. Conveniently located with delicious Greek fare and nice service. Good drinks, too."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "It is my first time at Nerai and I LOVE everything about this new restaurant. The food is delicious and the service is fast and attentive. Beautifully decorated and modern feel. Second floor space is perfect for private party and corporate events. Highly recommended!!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "One of the best greek restaurants around. Food is very fresh and outstanding."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food was very fresh and well prepared. Service was well below par for a restaurant at this price point."
    Dined on 1/23/2014