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YEFSI Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yefsiestiatorio.com
  • Phone: (212) 535-0293
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Executive Chef: Christos Christou / Owner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from YEFSI
YEFSI Estiatorio is a Taste of Greece in the Upper East Side. Greek dining is as social an experience as it is culinary. Mezedes are the centerpiece of Christos’ menu, influenced by his travels throughout the Greek Isles to gain inspiration. YEFSI features the traditional and contemporary Greek specialties, such as grilled whole fish, prime chops, meats and an eclectic selection of contemporary appetizers.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Diner Reviews
  • "We'd heard a lot aboutYefsi; the recommendation of a restaurant owner in Bayside was practically rhapsodic. Great? Not so much. The octopodi was very good; everything else... OK."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This restaurant seems to be participating in the new game in town which is to add items to checks and or additional tips to submitted credit card bills hoping they will pass unnoticed. I got suckered by an additional drink added to the bill that I did not catch. It's not the money it's that it's being done on purpose because it is so easily hidden when they are caught which my guess is not too often. My advice is stay far away and don't worry you won't be missing anything because the food wasn't very good either."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "YEFSI has the most delicious apps, especially the charred octopus - the best i have EVER had, special shrimp and scallops in a red sauce was also out of this world!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Here's an east side restaurant that welcomes you with a friendly hello and treats newcomers like a valued old friends. The food is authentic. Excellent grilled octopus appetizer, generous salads, well prepared fish dishes. Helpful wait staff and good wine."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Outstanding fresh well prepared food. The Greek salad and the swordfish are to die for. Not to mention the Baklava! Very noisy. Not exactly a restful place to dine. Come for the vibrant experience and healthy delicious food!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "YEFSI is a terrific restaurant on all counts. It's comfortable and lively; the service excellent; the food fresh, well prepared, and delicious. For starters, my husband and I split a plate of pan-fried calamari with a yummy garlic lemon yogurt dipping sauce in a portion too ample for us to finish. We both ordered Kotopoulo as our entrees, succulent roasted organic half-chickens, marinated in Greek herbs, and served in a tasty broth with chick peas, tomatoes and onion. A crisp sancerre made a perfect accompaniment. We asked the waiter to suggest a sweet to go with Greek coffee. He brought a vanilla custard with honey and raspberry coulis. His accent was charming, but I couldn't get the dessert's name; too bad, it was a perfect finish!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Fish done to perfection,(though I've been here several times, I've never had the meat dishes).Sides could be more interesting and attractive.Desserts were delicious and creative. Service was attentive without being annoying. In sum, a good dining experience."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Their Piklia - multiple Greek spreads and warm fresh pita bread appetizer was extraordinary. But their whole fish (royal dorado / Tsipoura) was overcooked and tasteless. Hence disappointed"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The meal from start to finish was excellent. My parents, who had recently taken a trip to Greece, both agreed that it was extremely authentic. Can't miss the cod/shrimp fritters, greek salad and the black bass or whole branzini."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was very good. The service was great.helped celebrate my wife's birthday, nothing overbearing,just exactly enough."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Amazing authentic greek food!!!! great food and service, the food was delicious and on time, the server was very nice and courteous"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I brought my daughter to NY for her birthday and we both love Greek food. The food was absolutely delicious. My daughter's roasted chicken was moist and had a mild seasoning that was perfect. My eggplant dish was so good as well. The dessert menu was wonderful as well. My daughter, the cook and foodie in my family, was impressed very much (wanting the secret for the roasted chicken), and was still talking about this restaurant all the way home on our flight to Dallas. I highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful meal reasonably priced, with a professional wait staff. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food is always great at Yefsi. The Octapodi salad is outstanding. The place is warm and welcoming and while it can be noisy it is well worth a visit. Best to make reservation as the restaurant has a following."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food is amazing, Service very good One very important point, they should not take reservations after 9:30 as there kitchen closes at 10:30? We were still hungry at 10:40pm, they could not cook another dish or create another salad? Kind of rushed us out"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had two fish dishes. Both were overcooked. The tomatoes in the horiatiki salad were not selected well -- not ripe yet mushy. We went because the chef claims to have worked at Milos in Montreal. He may have, but he or his sous chefs did not learn the fundamentals of produce selection or how to cook fish."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I arrived a few minutes before my reservation; my dining companion had not yet arrived. When I went to the hostess to let her know I was there she checked the reservation and said, "tell me when the other person is here and then I'll seat you." No smile nor: I'm sorry, we do 't seat parties until everyone's arrived; would you like to wait at the bar?. Just dismissed with no sense of being welcomed. When my companion arrived 5 minutes later and we returned to the hostess and I told her we were both here now, she asked me if we had a reservation - no recollection that she had spoken to me at all. Again, no smile. The food was very, very good and the rest of the staff was fine and helpful, but a terrible way to start."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Yes I is my go to place for delicious Greek food. Live the Loukaniko, the zucchini croquettes and the cod and shrimp appetizer. In fact, I just love going with a group and ordering lots of appetizers to share."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A great find. The food was amazing and the service was quick. The restaurant was packed!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I went with a friend to catch up. We both enjoyed the food the it was a bit noisy. There is nothing there to absorb sound. I would definitely go back though because I enjoyed the food."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Delicious food fresh and creative. I LOVED the tiger prawns- the grilled octopus- Limited wine menu but the Greek White wine that the waiter recommended was excellent and reasonable."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I can't wait to come back. Our greek waiter, Dimitris, was amazing. Please ask for him! Yes, they were all actually great. This was some of the freshest food I have had. Amazing salads- Horiatiki- was ridiculous. So fresh. It's a must. EVeryone had one. The fish and OH, the octopus. The greek yogurt dessert was amazing. Overall really nice visit. Our server was wonderful and warm"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have dined at Yefsi twice. The service is great and the food is consistently delicious. We live in Michigan and visit our daughter on the UES very often. It definitely has become a favorite of ours."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding. The host and hostess were not welcoming. They obviously have favored regulars."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Always delivers solid dining experience. Lively crowd, great service. Food is outstanding. Local favorite for us."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, was very loud though and difficult to have conversation. We went at 7:15 so it was still on the early side and place was packed."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Had read good reviews and was anxious to try it. We asked for a quiet table and were told there were none and the best bet was to sit outside. We do not like the noise of buses, ambulances , trucks etc. so we said no. We sat in the front where there are only a few tables and even there the noise was unbearable. We had to scream at each other in order to be heard and one person in our party said she was getting a sore throat from yelling. Definitely not a place for relaxed dining."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food is great - can't get enough of the grilled octopus! Service is always on point!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were looking for a Greek restaurant that had more than mostly fish on the menu, as I don't eat fish. Yefsi was that restaurant. I saw the menu online and we decided to try it, even though it was out of the way for us. It was definately worth the time it took us to get there. The hostess met us with a warm smile, and the waiter was friendly and professional. My husband thought it was one of the best Greek salads and swordfish he ever had. The red Greek wine the waiter suggested was quite good. We saw a famous Greek celebrity there, so I am sure the food is consistently good for this celebrity to dine there."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Yefsi is one of the best Greek restaurants I've ever had the pleasure to visit. In fact, it's one of the best restaurants, period. The food is a wonderful combination of traditional and imaginative. The ingrediants and preparation add up to some really delicious dishes. I should add that the service was superb. Our waiter, Christophoros, was exemplary."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience here. The food was excellent and our server was outstanding and really made us feel special."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The joint was jumping when we went Tuesday evening. People waiting, but our reservation was promptly honored. The food was traditional Greek cooking-- spinach and rice sides, etc. Very good, and even though it was crowded, they did not rush us."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Waiter was GREAT. Veri knowledgeable about each dish. Very personable and knew when to be at your table and when to not be there. Food was very good and perfectly seasoned and tastety"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I had chicken Kabobs and they were rubbery. I have never had chicken that bad! The zagat rating was way off!The rice was wet and sticky."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "So happy to find such a good Greek restaurant in my neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very nice neighborhood Greek restaurant. The Yefsi chips are a must!!! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I went here for my graduation dinner with my family, and we all loved it. We got an array of the mezedes to share, which were all delicious. The entrees that we got, one fish dish and the lamb shank, were both phenomenal. I would definitely come here again. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Lovely Greek restaurant on the UES of Manhattan. Fine wine list but superb appetizers. You can pick and choose but the zucchini and eggplant chips with a yogurt side and the callimari with a lemon - mayo dip are exceptional. If you are having a veggie choice with your main course, go for the spinach - rice combo."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Great mezes, grilled fresh fish, salads and vegetable dishes! Wonderful Greek wine and delicious dessert wine from Samos! Yefsi is 1 of our favorites! "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Great place to go for a bunch of appetizers and wine. Sit outside and have any number of small plates for the table and you won't be disappointed. The main courses we had were OK but not great. Appetizers were delicious. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We've been here many times and Yefsi is always very good. Some great places have off nights but not Yefsi. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014