YEFSI
YEFSI

YEFSI

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yefsiestiatorio.com/
  • Phone: 2125350293
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
YEFSI reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (89)fit for foodies (57)great for outdoor dining (26)special occasion (21)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (17)good for groups (13)notable wine list (13)hot spot (10)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Still packing them in
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We miss Gregory, but the new manager, Nikkos, is a very nice guy. The place is always busy. That says something.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yefsi
    Lambchop
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Once again the staff has proven to be rude and unaccomodating, especially the maître d'. The noise level makes any attempt at conversation impossible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • This time it was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We are locals and have eaten here many times. It's a schizophrenic situation. While the food (particularly the meze) is reliably good, the experience ranges from wonderful to atrocious. We have finally figured out that it depends who is managing that evening. One manager (no idea if owner as well) is polite and helpful and the other is rude to the point of pathologic. Have sworn several times not to return because of these encounters, which should NEVER occur in a hospitality situation, but because it is convenient and good, eventually return. Should keep manager #2 away from customers. Octopus is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok Greek Food!!
    PeterSVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was ok, but there are much better places for Greek food in the city. I just wanted to try it, I probably will not go back. I am a Greek/ American and I know what Greek food is suppose to taste like. This does not taste like the real Greek food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy but a bit noisy for us!
    PR618
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service were wonderful, but we had difficulty with the noise level. That's just us! There were many locals there and everyone looked happy. The backyard garden was not full but was reserved. There was also seating on the street, but it was too humid for that. The grilled octopus and the eggplant appetizer were delicious. Husband's veal and my lamb were really good. We would return, but not on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood favorite
    333eastVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant does not disappoint. Staff aims to please, and food is reliably good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Bryantfan
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Wonderful healthy eating with fresh vegetables and fish for any palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood spot
    suttonplaceVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food and service was very good. The Bronzino was very good. Unfortunately it was too noisey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmetgalVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I originally heard about this place when it earned mention in the latest Michelin. The enthusiastic reviews by fellow Open Table diners put it at the top of the list for my New York visit. I love when it's challenging to order because EVERYTHING sounds marvelous. We were happy with our choices, particularly the tender flavorful lamb kebob and rice pilaf. With so many other intriguing options, I know we will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Over the Noise
    ronzoni
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Love the food at Yefsi, but the noise level is too high for this to be my go-to neighborhood dining place. Service was experienced and friendly. The grilled octopus is amazing! Try to get a table in the back patio to reduce the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Yefsi
    FoodieKJ
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have been to Yefsi several times and it is always outstanding. The food is incredible, the service is attentive and welcoming, and the ambiance is lovely...especially the little garden in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mezze in Yorkville
    MezzeinYorkville
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Delicious if somewhat expensive mezzes, very pleasant back porch/ garden - a special occasion kind of place No sense of being rushed out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent good
    Bac2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Authentic fresh food. Great service. Inviting atmosphere from start to finish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Grilled octopus I ever had!
    mccas0078VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    came again a year later and its still the best octopus I have had ever anywhere.....and I live in PHL with LOADS of great restuarants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great?
    RightwriteVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Be Aware and Be Careful
    SteveEVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious apps!
    FoodieamyVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Friendly place with good Greek meal
    DishyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    gourmetfootballfanVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greeks Bearing Gifts. . . of Food!
    BestFF
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific neighborhood fish
    HealthyEaterVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    Davidf44VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    FoodJunkyNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    CeAe
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The food was very good. The service was great.helped celebrate my wife's birthday, nothing overbearing,just exactly enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Greek!
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Amazing authentic greek food!!!! great food and service, the food was delicious and on time, the server was very nice and courteous
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Memorable Experience
    Jean
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nebraska77VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just saying
    mt9lives
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    usuallylovesfish
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine food; unwelcoming hostess
    CityeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    GalinaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • phil
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    A great find. The food was amazing and the service was quick. The restaurant was packed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but a bit noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greek Gem
    quickey
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    mimi10019VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chicken is awesome!
    Foodie2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yefsi
    Sagg
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food and service were outstanding. The host and hostess were not welcoming. They obviously have favored regulars.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    ZachVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Always delivers solid dining experience. Lively crowd, great service. Food is outstanding. Local favorite for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud Greek
    aspenchicVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    RPFPVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic