NERAI
NERAI

NERAI

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://nerainyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 759-5554
  • 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
113 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)special occasion (40)neighborhood gem (40)great for lunch (38)romantic (34)good for groups (22)notable wine list (19)hot spot (14)great for outdoor dining (8)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Memorable Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I met dear old friends from high school here for lunch, during the week, as they were in town for a very limited amount of time. The scene during the day here tends to be business lunches, but not in the pretentious manner you might find in your run of the mill steak houses. The food here, particularly at lunch is wonderful and light, focused on seafood with options for heartier appetites. The Pre-Fixe lunch makes ordering a no-brainer, and best of all you are not confined to only two or three options as you are during most pre-fixe menus in the city. We were so overwhelmed and focused on catching up, that we asked the director of services to order for us. He managed to fulfill our every desire, and even surprise us with a couple of the menus gems. Each glass of wine was paired perfectly to our own palettes and the choices he made for our meals. Every dish was beautifully presented and won us over in taste. Catalin, our server, is a professional and kept our glasses full, and conversation uninterrupted. This experience made for the most perfect and memorable reunion of long, lost friends. From atmosphere, to service and food, I couldn't have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have not stopped thinking about the Branzino
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Within a day of eating here, I recommended this restaurant to over 10 people. In town for a conference, I went for lunch and was blown away. Milo's in midtown is one of my favorite restaurants ever and I am sad to say that if I had to choose between the two, i would have a tough choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean in Manhattan
    amorgie
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Superb food. Good but not great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a lunch surprise
    foodie
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    A lovely lunch was had at this cosy restaurant off Madison Ave in the 50's. The prix fix menu as $ 36.00 and proved to be delicious. The waiters were excellent and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and Good Service
    MGeatgood
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Great to bring a client to for lunch. We certainly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    ByronVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    From start to finish this was a fantastic experience. Let's start with the young lady behind the bar. She made delicious drinks which my wife enjoyed. Next to the table where Constantine took care of our every need. The chef was a young Greek from South Africa who created the most incredible dishes you can imagine. We had Greek salads and the Monk fish for our dinner. The food presentation was classy. This is one great restaurant that will impress the most hard to please foodies. I am looking forward to my next trip to NYC so I can return to Nerai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very upscale Greek restaurant.
    Rose
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food, service, and ambience were all very good. The only thing you must note is that it is quite expensive. Certainly good for a special occasion, but not for a quick drop-in dinner. The bar was lively, however, and it might be fun to sit at the bar and just have an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RemiVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food at Nerai is exceptional. They bring greek spreads to a new level; the arugala grape salad is a delightful combination of sweet and sour. Our friends had the short ribs, I had the duck mussaka, and my husband the lamb special, all of which were fabulous. A shortcoming of this restaurant, however, is in the liquor area. The cosmopolitan I ordered, and the marguerite my friend ordered, were not a full portion--approximately 3/4 glass full. My husband got a 5 ounce pour of average red wine for $17. We asked if they had half bottles, and the only red half bottle was $64! That's two glasses at $32 each. Advice--don't order a glass of anything, get a full bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    ronaldak
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I think this is a very good restaurant and surprised to have read a few comments as to service and portions. I found neither to be a problem. I have only one objection and it is very subjective on my part. When i am in a fish house that is upscale I expect the whole fish( if its ordered as such ) to be brought to the table and deboned/fileted tableside. Boning in the kitchen and carrying it to the table makes the flesh slightly less fresh - critical I know but at $30 to $66 per pound I expect the best. Also at times i prefer to have the whole fish served to me with the bones - not the most polite form of eating but I was alone and if I had sticky fingers I could always ask for a fingerbowl. lavender mousse was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice expensive restaurant
    FrenchToastLover
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The ambience was very nice. The food was delicious. But it was too expensive (over 500usd with two). We orderd sole dish with their reccommend. But it was over 100usd each, even Almost main dishes are 30-45usd. I wanted to know rough cost estimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Best Greek food I've ever had. Will definitely come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nerai aims high
    Golem212VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    On a recent rainy evening, 4 of us warded off the autumn chill within the warm ambience of Nerai. Attentive but not obtrusive service, excellent Greek seafood, and a varied wine list gave us much to enthuse about. The halibut is a standout, and the Greek salad is about as good as it gets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable
    jaoren99VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my first Greek fine dining experience it was fantastic. Restaurant is beautiful- a bright and calm oasis. Service, presentation, and flavors were impeccable. My husband and I came here for my birthday dinner. at they brought out in a perfectly paced manner: the three spreads (fava, spicy feta was divine but not spicy, and one of the best tzatzikis I've ever had), saganaki (who doesn't dream of fried cheese?), the stuffed calamari, greek salad (so fresh and lovely), and spinach pies. When I made reservations on Opentable, I mentioned in the notes that we we excited to go there for my birthday. They surprised me with a delicious gelato and cake dessert, which was such a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ALWAYS PERFECT!
    UNIQUESVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Nerai is a fantastic addition to our neighborhood. Consistently perfect in every respect. I feel as if I have been transported back to Greece. Efharisto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret is out
    Totten10307
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nerai offers an excellent price fixe lunch menu - great selections and decent portions. The spinach pie appetizer and pita with the variety of spreads was delicious. The scallop and lamb chop entrees were flavorful and cooked to perfection. I must've walked by this place many times and didn't realize it was there - so glad to find it. Seems that a lot of people have learned about its excellent food since there wasn't an empty table during lunch time. I hope to go back for dinner. Only negative comment would be that there wine by the glass is way over-priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not enough food
    donald
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    the quantity of the food was too small for the price we paid
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Recommended by our hotel. Food was tasty enough, but portions were small. Service was pretentious, so we never felt comfortable. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Try the yogurt with honey for dessert! Dreamy!! I even took home the hummus and spicy feta for lunch the next day. My husband liked nautical Greek yacht theme and the indoor and outdoor space. Great wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic dinner and staff.
    Lovemylouis
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I had the most wonderful evening with my husband and my little service dog Louis. We sat outside as it was a beautiful evening and it was perfect. I informed the waiter about all my allergies (hence the service dog). He accommodated all our needs and suggested his favourites while double checking with chef that all was ok with his suggestions. The crab, the octopus and the tuna tartare were outstanding, light and flavourful without the complicated, overbearing sauces. The main dish was a grilled greek fish with a drizzle of olive oil just perfect. The wine was excellent it was Neramtzi, I think, I took picture but can't really read the label. It is a 2008 Syrah. Give this spot a must go and have the wine, delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solo dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    found this restaurant on google/open table , last minute decision to go to dinner just after arrival in NYC. Pleasantly surprised with the ambience and the decor , the bar area , the clean lines to the places , very comfortable but not ostentatious. The staff were very accommodating and pleasant w/o being obtrusive. Very good service. The captain, Catalin, was very interesting to speak with and he supervised the room well. The hostess was very gracious. Best of all , I would return for the food,the 2 fish courses I had were excellent. Wines reasonably priced .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your usual Greek
    Lucullusa
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We visited Nerai for a business diner on a busy Wednesday evening. Service was very attentive and enthusiastic, seating arrangements slightly awkward as the three of us were placed a little cramped into a corner (which the maître d' acknowledged and offered us a nice digestive to make up for it.) That aside, the food was really good, no traditional Greek Gyros/Kebab fare, but fantastic fresh fish perfectly prepared, great deserts and one of my favorite Italian whites on the wine list. Overall a very nice evening, but be prepared to spend a little (we came to about $500 for three incl. tip...)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Greek Seafood
    UES1Eater
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food, attentive service, roomy seating and lovely front-end bar. I ate at Nerai while counting calories and the waiter could not have been more accommodating: prepared the octopus without chickpeas, use no oil cooking preparing top-notch levakri and steamed the vegetables. I've worked in the area for 20 years and have just discovered this solid restaurant. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean Heaven
    Flavorfan
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    From the warm, welcoming staff to the fish so fresh it could leap off the plate, Nerai offers superb, well prepared Greek cuisine with authentic Greek atmosphere. Try the octopus appetizer followed by the grilled whole fish, simply and beautifully prepared to perfection. Expand your wine knowledge by sampling the delicious, unusual Greek wines available by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    MidtownFoodie
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We frequently enjoy lunch here so the manager graciously invited us to try Nerai's newly opened breakfast. I must say we were thoroughly impressed. Service was elegant and the food fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business friendly
    BuckoVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Very good for a business lunch. The food is excellent and the choices on the pre-fixe varied enough for all. Not exactly a bargain, but on the expense account doesn't matter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MurgyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Beautiful interior, tables not too close, delicious food beautifully presented, varied menu, lovely Greek wines. The bar was a bit loud at times, but I am looking forward to returning and introducing friends to this restaurant. In short, a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Modern Greek Indeed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    As the business card indicates, the menu is Modern . Every bite was a titillating experience to the tastebuds. Unique preparations of standard dishes that are exquisite. We cant wait to return and introduce our friends to this wonderful restaurant with a staff that pays attention to each table, yet not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek Restaurant????
    itsnotgreek2me
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We are of Greek origin and speak the language. We have never been to Greek restaurant where there is no Greek music. There was not even a picture relating to Greece on the wall. The portions were small and way over price for the quality that it was. The menu was not a Greek menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply amazing
    Greeklover1126
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The best Greek food we ever tried...!! Try anything on the menu, you will love it!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent fixed price lunch!
    Penny
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    At lunch time the restaurant is very crowded until about 1:30 when all the business people must get back to work, then it thins out and is very enjoyable. Our fixed price lunch was very good, each course was well prepared and very attractive. My husband and I ordered different things and shared each dish. The scallop dish was perhaps the best one we've ever had. The staff was very friendly and extremely helpful. We will certainly go again...the next time for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TigerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great new find ... Easy reservation on Saturday evening
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FineDiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    All of the over-the-top enthusiastic reviews you've read of Nerai are entirely warranted. This is very pricey restaurant that completely delivers. The cuisine, which is haute Greek with strong French and Italian overtones, is exquisite, especially the seafood dishes. The grilled octopus was generous, fresh and pleasingly charred. The bronzini was also exquisitely fresh and grilled to perfection. Langoustines and pasta--the special of the day--was unique and irresistibly sauced. The service is formal, but pleasantly attentive and highly informative. Though not especially extensive, the wine list offers an impeccable selection, including some of the great Greek wines that are seldom available here in either restaurants or wine stores.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Returnee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had a wonderful, exquisite, memorable dining experience at Nerai and am delighted to have found this gem of a restaurant. The food and service were superb--the best watermelon salad and Dover sole I have ever had, and the lavender mousse was a splendid treat. My waiter was attentive and friendly, and I appreciated that I was not rushed, enjoyed a leisurely meal as a single diner. it was truly a memorable dining experience, and I look forward to returning. I would definitely recommend Nerai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SuperabbitVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I am glad to find out a nice restaurant for Greek food at Midtown as this restaurant. The food, the wine, the service... everything was amazing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for high end night out
    Ctdiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It's pricey but the service is first rate and the food impressive.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely and trying hard
    frequentbizluncher
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    upstairs great for a business lunch. noise level manageable. service very good. but I have to say that the food, including daily specials, just meh.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a a good as it was
    Jam13VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Loved this place but service has gone down, it was slow and too many new faces walking around a bit clueless? What happened to old staff?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.