About Eli’s Table

Eli’s Table is a casually elegant restaurant, a neighborhood favorite, and a destination for wine lovers, where local and seasonal—both hallmarks of Eli Zabar’s philosophy—come together beautifully.

1413 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 80th and 81st

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 717-9798

Website:
http://www.elistablenyc.com/

Public Transit:
Train: #6 to 77th Street/Lexington Avenue;
Buses: 79th Street cross-town, north–south M98, M101, M102

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Eli’s Table Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
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Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Authentic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

went there for Valentines Day dinner. nice décor, restaurant felt sophisticated. the wine sommelier checks in with each table which is a very nice touch, particularly since all the wines are European. they clearly price that service into the cost of the wine - at $22 per glass there are no bargains to be found. Table service was surprisingly mediocre - waiter forgot to bring the bread, and it took a long time to actually pay the bill which is always irritating. Food was good but the portions were very much on the small side. all in all - decent dining experience but I would not rush to return since price point was just too high for the value received

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Eli's food is very good and the wine choices are excellent. Very quite and comfortable restaurant. It is a bit pricy, however.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Hard to sign on to steak for $89 per person. We didn’t . Chicken entree was tough. Nantucket scallops fist course delicious, pricey & not many . We were so looking forward to affordable good wines by the glass per reviews. Hard to come by. Bottom line - we went in q high expectations & were very disappointed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Extremely pleasant and cozy in one of the booths in back. Roast vegetable appetizer was unexpectedly delicious. Halibut was beautifully prepared and perfectly cooked. Pasta dish was perfect for a cold winter night. Portions are not huge, but nonetheless, we were too full to try a dessert... next time

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Love when you eat Local and the food and wine are outstanding. From the shared oysters to the grilled shrimp and braised artichokes to our main course of arctic char and oxtail orecchiette everything was delicious. They have a wonderful and extremely knowledgeable sommelier. We love date nights at Eli's.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

4 of us arrived @ 9:30 am for Sunday brunch. We had our pick of tables as empty. Wasn’t busy until we left around 11. Ham & cheddar Omelette that 2 of us had was huge & delicious. Would have been nice with side of potatoes but waiter said they haven’t offered potatoes for a long time. They were so nice in providing repeated hot water refill for my special brought from home decaf hot tea bags. All in all a really enjoyable meal.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food (!) was spectacular, from the unusual but delicious halibutn tostadas through the amazing sweetbreads starter (maybe the best sweetbreads I've ever had), through the excellent poulet rouge, to the unbelievably delicious desserts--a chocolate lava cake to die for and an apricot tart with whipped cream that was complete out of this workd and light as a feather. The service was excellent, so it was surprising that the desserts took a while to get to us. The maitre d came by and apologized for the wait and offered us complimentary dessert wines to go with the desserts. The desserts were worth waiting for and the wines were excellent. Let me also add that my compari and soda cocktail was about the best version I've ever had of one of my favorite drinks . This is a spectacular place to eat and I'm starting to save up for a return visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The wines and sommelier are extraordinary. Many little-known Treasures of marvelous quality.

The food is always very imaginative and interesting. It is a wonderful quiet Refuge. We Dine at Eli's table 2 to 3 times a month.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We went on an unexpectedly-snowy night and pretty much had the place to ourselves. So, everything was great and I suspect our server would have been great whether the place empty or hopping The food was exceptional. It was just a really fun night and I’d go back again in a heartbeat. We had a party of eight and they were very accommodating.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

They were overly crowded and had only one bartender so drinks were more than slow. Everything was slow. Our waitress was as good as she could be.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Good value – good food. Will definitely return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic meal. Really delicious options- felt very rustic and authentic.
The service was outstanding.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Attractive space, not too noisy, great wine list by the glass, excellent service, very knowledgeable wine steward/manager, delicious poulet rouge and zucchini friti. A bit pricey but worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My review is related to brunch, not dinner.
I went there for brunch. All my dining experiences at Zabar were excellent. Fine quality products, great service, amazing wine list.

So I’m still baffled on why there is such a gigantic disconnect with the brunch experience. Unresponsive management, poor service, i had to send the burger back (over cooked vs medium rare and tasted like cooked on slow burn vs seared/grilled). Club sandwich was not good either (tasteless from what my guest said). We ordered a Corton, and were given regular wine glasses. While there is chocolate croissant on the menu, when I asked the waiter said it would take 40mn, then said it wasn’t an option anymore. We were also asked to leave quickly as they needed to prepare for a party later in the afternoon.

The worst was when I gave feedback at the end of the meal to the manager and bar tender, they actually almost didn’t care, blaming Eli on why the quality / service was poor over lunch. So disappointing especially as I was referencing regularly Eli’s table from previous dinning experience. Clearly a management issue.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was very good. Friendly great service.
Not cozy.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

If you do not want to hear what your companions are saying, this is a good bet. The food was fine, but the noise level ruined everything as far as I am concerned. The restaurant that preceded this one was quite different, with widely spaced tables and the possibility of conversation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I can't say enough nice things about this restaurant! I made my reservation through Open Table, but phoned to say we were running a bit late. The host was very friendly and understanding. When we arrived, she greeted me by name and then showed us to a very special table they had held just for my party.
As noted in other reviews, the wine list is extensive and the particular wine we chose was amazing. Our rooftop greens salad was wonderful, and all of our (fish) entrees were top notch. My personal favorite was the artic char.
For desert, try the poached pears. The presentation was as impressive as the taste.

I would be remiss if I didn't also comment on the excellent service we received. Our server was attentive yet unobtrusive. Somehow he managed to stretch our wine over the entire meal with everyone getting just the right amount. Courses were served beautifully and seamlessly.

Thanks Eli's Table for an exceptional dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our food was good, the ambiance nice but the service was really off and disappointing.It seemed like it took forever to get our food and one of the ordered appetizers was brought with the main course. That should not happen! Also, the wine list is too esoteric. They need to have more wines by the glass that are Italian, French and not just ones from CA.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I had read about this restaurant in the Wine Spectator and having never really ventured out to the Upper East side decided to give it a go. The area is an eclectic mix of funky bars and restaurants and well worth wondering around. Eli's has nice classic décor and the staff are extremely friendly. My guest and I enjoyed both appetizer's and main courses (short ribs were excellent) with a different wine pairing for each course, which I would recommend. The place prides itself on its wine selection, many you may not have heard of, but the sommeliers are very helpful.

Overall a good place to visit but 2 warnings - firstly this is a local establishment with an older clientele, we probably lowered the average age by at least 10-15 years. Secondly, the wine pairing are great but you can quickly run up a hefty bill.

However, a place you should seek out.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food. Expansive wine selection. Romantic vibe. Great servers.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fresh and good food but the waiters lack training. Price is really on the high side for a casual dinner - well over $600 for a party of 4!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent. We are always happy to be eating at Eli's Table

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great night...wine and good food was fabulous. Highly recommend...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Enjoyable meal in the neighbourhood we were staying.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always wonderful in every area . Been eating there for years. The PERFECT neighborhood restaurant. Also, the ONLY place for great pot roast.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The best word to define Eli's Place is: Consistency. Good food, good service and great wines in a very comfortable atmosphere. We visit often and have never been disappointed. Must make a reservation.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food is always first-rate and conversation is possible. What else could one want in a restaurant?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always a reliably delicious option, especially for the wine discerning crowd! Outstanding wine list with rare gems, older vintages, natural options, etc. One of my favorite wine lists in the city! Service is always very warm and friendly, and as you come regularly, it's always a pleasure to be recognized. Food is always solid: stunningly fresh and real feeling.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Eli's Table always has the freshest ingredients combined with an exceptional wine list.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent menu. Outstanding wine selections. Very knowledgeable sommelier. Our favorite neighborhood restaurant for a quiet meal and wonderful food and wine

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Love this local east side place. Friendly, reliable service- great wine and interesting menu.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 26, 2017

i could choose any restaurant in NYC and I chose Eli's Table because it seemed unique with a very interesting menu

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Eli's is always a pleasant surprise.
The menu and wine lists change all the time and always the choices are very interesting, well presented and most importantly very delicious. Must make a reservation.
We are definitely coming back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The portions were incredibly small for a very high price. $16 for one slice of French toast?! It didn't even come with fruit. The Huevos rancheros was so small and lacking. The hollandaise on the eggs Benedict tasted like mustard. The only upside was that it's very kid friendly and actually had a children's menu.

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 (London)·Dined on July 20, 2017

A blessedly quiet restaurant in Manhattan.....so hard to find these days. Quiet and pretty...a menu that is small but changes to reflect what is freshly available. Discreet and competent service. Very good food.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The somalier is a genius. Food and service were perfect. One of the best meals I've had in years.

It's not their fault that people don't know how to use their indoor voices, but the room doesn't absorb sound very well. On the other hand, it was interesting hearing every word of the drunk man's exploits at France's best vineyards, all bragged about with a Southern drawl that got progressively more elaborate as he became even more inebriated.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great wine list with knowledgeable sommelier but the server that she should keep no eye on the wine and failed to handle refills properly.

But the wine was delicious and the food very good to excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The best Burgundy wine list in New York
Superb food

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Always good food and service. Nice ambiance with good space between the tables so conversation is possible. Food is nicely and simply cooked with great fresh ingredients. Nicely presented. Nothing is soaked or sitting in olive oil ( my pet peeve ). Bread is delicious, good French wine selection. Service is attentive. Probably our favorite neighborhood restaurant. A good place to take friends for a nice dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Eli's Table is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is always great and they have a very impressive wine list.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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