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NERAI Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://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 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.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
  • 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
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Beautiful clean space, excellent service with nice pre fix selection."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Nerai has it all . Great location, great food and great service . We enjoyed the entire experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were a group of 3 and we all enjoyed our visit/food/ service very much."
    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"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great dining experience. We will return very soon with more time to enjoy the different dishes."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place is amazing. Love the small plates, amazing seafood, and the Greek bread is so fresh!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "What a find. From the atmosphere to the food. Pricey, but worth every single penny."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Nerai always provides an overall astounding dining experience. The cuisine is always fresh, and consistent in taste and presentation. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food is terrific and the highly indulgent and well mannered staff round out a very nice experience. This was my second lunch following my first dinner. The entire experience is enjoyable. I only wish that the lunch menu was more extensive."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Nerai moved authentic Greek food to another level. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "An upscale and modern Greek restaurant. Great ambience and service, and awesome food. Kataifi Ekmek is one of the best dessert I ever had in my life. And I'm Italian!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Last minute evening. Great bottle of Greek wine suggested by our waiter then the starters of octopus and vegetable chips turned into a wonderful meal. No need for entrees. Shared a dessert. Loved the room and service. I will have to have the octopus again. Best ever "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This is a beautiful space. Appetizers were great, entrees were good"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved the Halibut-super light, clean, delicious. Must have the calamari with sausage & shrimp appetizer. Greek salad was good-but the arugula salad was great. Server was absolutely charming-manager stopped by to see how I was doing. Recommended a great glass of wine to go with my entree. We shared an shredded filo-mousse custard dessert. It was FANTASTIC."
    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
  • "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
  • "Great $32 value for prix fixe lunch. Food (shrimp and fish) were well prepared and flavorful."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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
  • "This is a very beautiful restaurant. The food is excellent overall. The appetizers are particularly good."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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