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Permanently Closed - Ithaka

4.2
387 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Harry Hatziparaskevas stokes the savory fires at Ithaka. All dishes are inspired by classic Greek Cuisine.
The pleasures of Ithaka's table are so delightful that you will sit there for a while. It isn't that the menu is full of surprises, but rather that every dish has remarkably consistent quality. Chef Hatziparaskevas always coaxes maximum flavor from each facet of a dish.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:30PM - 3:30PM
Diner: Monday - Friday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM, Saturday - Sunday: 3:30PM - 10:30PM
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Phone number
(212) 628-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Harry Hatziparaskevas
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Catering
Only delivery from items on our menu.Special pricing for large orders.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Second Avenue
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Public transit
4,5,6 subway stops at 86th street and Lexington Ave.
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Entertainment
"Classic dishes make diners dance in the Greek aisles!"
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

So very sad to say my favorite NYC Greek restaurant just CLOSED as of 11/27/17

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Very unhappy that they are closing. We have been going to this restaurant for many years. It is the best Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side.

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

It was the worst Greek salad we ever had. The dressings on both the salad and for the fish were oily and tasteless. The salad had no flavor and was dripping in dressing. The fish was pretty good, but we were not given very many vegetables (which we asked for instead of rice). The bread was just ok.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Octopus could be more tender

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Great places to get together with friends. Good food and a place you can actually talk and hear each other.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was delicious, we especially loved the dips. Taramasalata was amazing. Fried zucchini chips were great. Grilled shrimp also excellent. A great neighborhood restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints-fresh delicious seafood and wonderful Greek dishes-Don’t miss the donuts!

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2017

I have dined here often since it's in the neighborhood and have never had a bad meal. On the contrary, I have always enjoyed everything completely. The starter spreads are so tasty and come with a basket of tasty, warm pita. We usually order a whole fish of the day that is delicious no matter how it is prepared. I like the simple grilled option. The grilled shrimp are perfect, and we recently tried the baked shrimp dish that was wonderful surprise. Service is attentive and prices are reasonable.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

The best whole Branzino I've had in a long time, very good value. Giant Prawns enjoyed by 2. Reasonable wine list.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Good and fresh meal , quite environment . Not noisy at all. The only improvement point is the service crew who should give less pressure to the customers and avoid asking continuously if they can bring up a new plate during the dinner ... most of people (and me itself) go out for dinner to have a relaxing time and wants to feel them free to take their time ....

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2017

We love Ithaka and make it a point to eat here at least once every time we visit NYC. Good, fresh seafood and the best feta cheese in town. Interesting Greek wines and friendly staff.

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1.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Absolutely the worst food ever. Totally bland and shrimp and fished were burned to a crisp. We told the waiter and they didn't even offer to give us a new dish. There were 3 of us and 2 out of three meals were not edible. Would never go here again

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2017

we all enjoyed the restaurant. The service was excellent as well as the food. The waiter was very attentive did not rush us nor did he bring the food out too rapidly. Overall an excellent evening.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Nice environment, good service and authentic food.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Excellent Greek Restaurant! We were celebrating a birthday and made reservations. The restaurant was quiet, and nicely decorated. The service was very good and attentive. We started off with some appetizers (eggplant dip, cheese flambe, and spanakopita) which were all very delicious! Our main meals were delicious as well and plentiful. They acknowledged my daughter's birthday and they came out with a dessert and we all sang "Happy Birthday." It was great! There are many dishes on the menu to choose from such a meats, fish, and vegetrian and priced reasonably. So there is something for everyone! Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant for a good meal, the attentive service and most importantly, the delicious food that they serve. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

I have walked past Ithaka a thousand times and never gave it a thought until we needed a special place for a special occasion, so we gave it a try. AND IT WAS GREAT. Great food, service and reasonably priced. It's wonderfully old-school in service and menu. The cuisine is authentic to its origins (read Greek) and each dish was well conceived, prepared and presented.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Ithaka remains a neighborhood favorite. We dine there fairly often.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2017

It was fine, but nothing special. Service was slow, but the food, when it came, was good.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Always a great meal at our favorite Greek restaurant in NYC. We have been coming here for years and it never disappoints. Lovely atmosphere and friendly waiters. Spinach pie is the best! Love the fish- so fresh! Nice wine list. Reasonable prices in a great area on NYC.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2017

The food is excellent - not trendy or nouvelle, but always delicious. Service was serviceable, though not effusive. The restaurant was active, but not crowded, when we were there, so we were happy to be able to talk and hear each other; this was aided by pleasant background music that was actually in the background. All in all, a dependable good experience.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2017

A great local spot. Always greater with a smile from the owner himself

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2017

Nice spot in our neighborhood. Waiter was especially good, I would say, professional. He knew exactly how much we wanted to be approached. He was friendly and helpful and accurate. I was impressed. Of course the food was very good. I happen to like Greek food, and I was satisfied. Ambiance was clean and comfortable. Overall a fine experience for our family group of four adults.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Wonderful, authentic Greek food. Fish was amazing and fried cheese!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

fine authentic greek food. excellent service. eclectic wine list. good value, we thought.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Did not dissapoint - food was so authentic and delicious. Loved the ambiance and the service was top notch. Would go back again without question.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2017

Baked filet of fish "Plaki" was delicious! Mousaka always good as well.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2017

Wonderful meze and hot appetizers. We drank ouzo and munched on a selection of small plates. All were excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2017

Diner Greek as opposed to NYC standards. Too much sauce, mayonnaise, on everything. Need to keep it simple, fresh.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Way overpriced and a very tight squeeze. Food was mediocre, not terrible. You can find better Greek food and better ambience in Astoria. The bathrooms were filthy.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

My wife and I had dinner there on Saturday, April 8, 2017. It was excellent. We had the cold appetizers, which was Pikilia (a choice of three dips). The pita bread was very good. For our entrees, we had Bronzini which was deboned. It was very fresh with lemons and a sauce. They do not spoil it. The servers do that in front us. The staff is very good. We had Tino as our server. For dessert, I had Galaktompoureko (a Greek dessert with phyllo, filled with pastry cream). We have been there many times.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Consistently great fresh fish-prawns are excellent-staff is very welcoming

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

Amazing food and service ! Had an amazing time there ! Thank you George !

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

great local greek restaurant. good food, service, great fish

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

We went to Ithaka as it was near the movie theatre, and liked it so much, we returned the following week with more friends. It's ideal if you want to have a conversation as the noise level is perfect for that. food is honest and good Greek. Service is very nice and friendly. I had freshly grilled fish one time and jumbo prawns grilled the next. Dolma and salads were also excellent as was the $50 pinot noir. Affordable, enjoyable, will return.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Great ambiance. One could be in Greece. Quiet and attentive service but not the best Greek food we have ever encountered

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

This restaurant is one of my favorites. The food is fresh and delicious. Best grilled octopus ever!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Merits much wider audience. We've been going to Ithaka for years. Reliably delicious fresh grilled fish. It survived through 2nd Avenue subway construction nightmare and now sits directly across the street from the new 86th Street Q station. CONVENIENT.

We went there Thursday night. White taverna decor intact. Wonderful grilled prawns. Only half full. Waiting for it to be rediscovered

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2017

The food at Ithaka was fairly priced and well prepared. We had a 7:30 reservation but by 9:45 as we finished up our fish, I felt like we were nearly, almost being pushed out of an empty restaurant, I believe they are open later than 10pm(?) We hadn't finished our first course before our whole fish (perfectly cooked and excellently filet'd) was brought out. I know timing of courses can be tough but I would have liked to have taken my time instead of crowding our table. It may be traditional Greek style to serve things asap and as they ready but I was slightly taken aback. Overall still a pleasant, delicious dining experience. I would recommend and will likely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

WE love this place. The fish is fresh and the food is delicious. The tables are well placed and you can HEAR even on a Saturday night.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent value and a friendly welcome.
Large and varied menu of impeccably fresh ingredients

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