Kefi

4.1
3507 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
At Kefi, diners can enjoy lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and neighborhood delivery and remove themselves from the bustle of Columbus Avenue into the relaxed, casual oasis of a rustic Greek tavern with cuisine by celebrated Chef Michael Psilakis.

Set across two levels, the ground floor houses the main dining room while the subterranean level is made up of two enclosed rooms, perfect for private dining and events. Kefi’s spacious bar area serves an extensive Greek wine list, specialty cocktails, ouzo shots and a full menu of meze, appetizers and entrees along with Happy Hour food & drink specials 5pm - close Mon-Fri and 3pm - close Sat & Sun.

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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday 3:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm-10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 873-0200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Psilakis
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Private party facilities
KEFI offers private and non-private space for all event occasions; weddings, wedding rehearsals, baby & bridal showers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, professional and personal gatherings, as well as cocktails & passed Hors D' oeuvre receptions.
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Private party contact
Ashley Allegra: (888) 507-2047
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Catering
Kefi's downstairs dining room is the perfect spot for celebrations of all sizes and the entire restaurant is available for rent should the occasion arise! The restaurant also offers an extensive Catering Menu for all occasions and party sizes. Inquire at info@kefirestaurant.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave
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Public transit
79th Street Station
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Special events & promotions
Please contact info@kefirestaurant.com for any questions regarding special events. You may also visit us online at www.kefirestaurant.com, for updates and all of our party and catering menus.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

We like Kefi because it’s a restaurant with something for everyone on the menu, and it’s multi-purpose like a Swiss Army knife. A date, lunch with moms, Greek Easter brunch, a night out with the ladies…it all works.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
Reviews from verified diners
3,507 reviews
4.1 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
48%
Very Good
30%
Good
13%
Fair
4%
Poor
4%
4.1
food
3.8
service
3.6
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

We went to celebrate my Birthday, my sons food came out after we were finished eating

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and our waiter Atondi was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

The host was dressed in work jeans. Shirt not tucked in and sneakers. This wasn’t a Fast food place He asked how was meal but didn’t even pause for a response. The dinner portion small but tasty. Lamb chops. Desert. I asked for scoop of ice cream with Greek desert. Waiter said can’t but they were serving ice cream with brownie. I wouldn’t go back.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The lamb burgers were juicy and succulent and the Bronzino was cooked to perfection.

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Poor service in general - they're clearly ironing out some of the kings. But...One hour for pita and tzatziki to be brought to table. Nobody checked in on us the whole time we were waiting for it.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Superb. This was our first time here at the new W 79th Street location. Excellent and friendly service, very nice atmosphere, and incredibly delicious food. I had the bronzino, which was fantastic. My husband and I shared the meatballs. They were delicious. And my husband had the trout, which he loved. We will be going back again and again.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Welcome back, Kefi! The 79th street location was always my favorite. The service, the food, the ambiance, and most of all the noise level are so much better here. The grilled lavraki was perfectly prepared. The calamari appetizer was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Excellent amazing service and great food

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I have always enjoyed Kefi; a great neighborhood place at its price point. Started with the dips and moved on to shrimp and orzo for me and branzino for my date. All good. The new location is a bit tighter than the old spot but still an enjoyable meal and on the repeat rotation.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Absolutely fabulous!!!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We are not often in this neighborhood and needed a restaurant that did not just open for dinner as we had an 6pm appt. for a performance. We were delighted with Kefi. The menu is quite extensive as well as authentically Greek. WE loved the abundance of vegetables, both on their own and as part of the main course. Octopus and seafood served with beans, wonderful spinach seasoned with onions as a side dish, and a special of roasted cauliflower with pinenuts, yogurt, pomegranate seeds and tangerine. Wonderful. The salad was delicious and I particularly liked their brand of feta cheese. Much smoother and creamier. The lavraki was delicious. We were too full for dessert but the cappuccinos were good. I could see myself going out of my way to eat here again.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food is OK, portions are generous, mussels are quite nice, the room is dark and tend to be noisy at peak times. The service is quite rough around the edges, the servers seem to be quite annoyed sometimes.

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Inattentive wait staff and overpriced food

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I have been to Kefi many times and love the food and many of the servers but this time the waiter was not listening to what I asked for when it deviated from the exact dish and did not bring the extra sauce on the side of the Bronzino. I could sense that he was not putting the customer first and was macho which did not permit him to truly listen. Rarely does this happen and it will not stop me from going back since the Bronzino is excellent as are many other things.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We loved it can’t wait to go back

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Delicious. Kefi translates as joie de vivre, and so it is!

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2018

This was our sixth visit to Kefi and we were sadly disappointed. The food has gone downhill in all respects except the bread. My calamari dish could have come from an Italian red sauce restaurant- heavily fried and not greek-style at all. The dip that accompanied it was nondescript lemon mayonnaise. The roasted artichoke special was almost inedible- the tough outer leaves had not been removed so very hard to cut never mind chew. My husband's whole roasted fish was oddly mushy. I hope it was an off night- but we won't go back.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food is very good (meats are so well seasoned and the mezze’s are all fantastic) but the restaurant needs some fresh air. Try to avoid being seated in the basement!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food is excellent. The main floor is lovely for dining. What I did not expect for my reservation for a party of five with out of town guests was to be seated in the rather drab, poorly decorated basement seating. Had I been told that this was to be our seating, I might have gone elsewhere. Mind you, the food is excellent, but for the prices charged the basement was not even close to value for an evening out. This was my first time at Kefi. I will go again AND make sure we are seated on the main level.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

K ego is very casual. The meet all’s & Lamb were excellent. We enjoyed a bottle of Greek red wine. Will go back

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Met some friends and all we ordered was delicious!

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very crowded, food took a long time to be served.
Everything was very rushed after food came.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Always excellent neighborhood restaurant and my go to place for meeting friend

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Kefi is an easy going place, with very good food and great service. We enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food and attentive service. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Excellent food. Good service. Satisfactory house wines.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We had a very nice server. Delicious fish. Not too noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Family celebration of my birthday. Large party downstairs. Loved the food and the service was very accommodating and professional. Reasonable prices made it possible to splurge in octopus and more. LOVE THIS PLACE.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

It took 1.5 hours and many requests to get our dinner. The restaurant was packed, but they should be prepared for this with more staff.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Food, good as usual. Service, the worst I have seen there. Over 1 hour to get our dishes. Asked to see the manager to find out the problem; never came to the table. I saw him texting, while the servers had to keep apologizing for such a poorly run restaurant and kitchen. Too bad, because the food is actually good.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Very disappointed with the service. Surprised because last visit was great. I don’t think the waiter understood English well, but then don’t hire them. Sorry

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

After reading New York Magazine's description of this place, I am now completely flummoxed by how devastating incorrect it is. "After two years of turning away practically pitch-fork-wielding mobs of souvlaki-starved customers they didn’t have room for, Kefi’s [owner/chefs] have traded up to a bigger space." I think that they must have been turning away those people because they were unhappy with their positively inedible souvlaki and deplorable service. The state of disarray and decrepitude of the restrooms make Penn Station look charming. Google describes this establishment as "cheerful, rustic decor matches the down-home & reasonably priced Greek cuisine." Please tell me where THAT restaurant is because where I ate was bleak, crumbling, and depressing.

Hard. Pass.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Popped in for a quick meal while finishing up some work late on a Saturday; excellent! Was able to order quickly (which was great, I was starving), got my food very quickly, and despite it being crowded it wasn't too noisy to get work done. Great spot.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The food was good, not great. Good neighborhood restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The upstairs was very noisy. The downstairs was much quieter. Our server was excellent but overwhelmed with too many tables. The food was great.

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1.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The service was very disappointing. The entrees took about 30 minutes to arrive after they cleared the appetizer. One of the meals was incorrect and sent back. The waitress said it would be a minute and then it took over ten minutes. They were not apologetic.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had a great early dinner on Sunday evening.....food was delicious, good service, great time

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delicious food. Good service. Nice lively atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Didn’t honor reservation. Had to wait 45 min past reservation time. Once we finally got seated it took forever to get our food

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We ate at Kefi on Saturday night. It took 1.5 hrs to get our meal. We were about to walk out.

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