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About Kefi

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.

505 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; 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

Cross Street:
Between West 84th and 85th Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 873-0200

Website:
http://kefirestaurant.com/

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

Public Transit:
B & C trains to West 86th Street, 1 train to Broadway & 86 Street

Executive Chef:
Michael Psilakis

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.

Private Party Contact:
Ashley Allegra: (888) 507-2047

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

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.

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Fri - Sat 9:45PM - 11:00PM

Kefi Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (9)
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Pre/post Theatre (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Tapas (5)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Kefi is one of the best restaurants in the area and always delivers consistently fresh, delicious food with friendly and professional service. The mezze are authentic, and the menu is creative with offerings such as sheep milk dumplings with merguez, or braised rabbit with pappardelle. I usually choose from the "simply grilled" section, either a fantastic whole trout, or an impeccable piece of center cut salmon filet (though lamb and beef are also offered in this category). I don't usually like broccoli rabe, but Kefi's chef does a beautiful version that is delicious, smooth and mellow to accompany the grilled item. The wine selections are well differentiated and the staff really knows the varieties. Great spot. Kefi has been consistently excellent for the seven or eight years we have eaten there.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

shared mezzes - beets, zucchini pancakes and warm feta cheese. all excellent followed by branzino, superb. terrific friendly service

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed Kefi for a date night on valentine's day .

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

It was our first time at this restaurant and it was absolutely delicious. We had the potato salad, the sea bass and the lamb chops and it was full of flavor cooked perfectly.
Great service and good drinks as well!
I can’t wait to come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

I always enjoy a meal at Kefi and recommend it often. An UWS gem!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I didn't realize how large Kefi was! I was seated immediately, and was allowed to wait for my friend to arrive at my table (it's always annoying to have to wait for the whole party to get seated for a reservation). We were seated downstairs, which was equally as busy as it was upstairs and the atmosphere was arguably even better downstairs as well. The food was absolutely delicious and was prepared very quickly. Our server was really helpful with both food and wine recommendations. I'll definitely be coming back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was greasy and bland. Salt and pepper didn’t help much. There are so many great Greek places in NYC. There is no need to revisit this one. I won’t be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I have been to Kefi many times and this time it was not as good as previous times. The service was a bit off. It took a long time for us to get our food and appetizers came out at various time, some with the main courses. Some main courses came out when most of us were finished. The chips that are normally so delicious we just ok. Any place can have an off night. I hope that the next time I go, it will be back to normal.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Unfortunately after dining at Kefi many, many times we were disappointed this last visit.
For whatever reason they do not have an outer door to keep the freezing wind from coming into the restaurant each time a new customer enters and we were seated in the front section (by request because it is quieter there). We had to wear our coats through dinner and still caught the strong breeze each time the door was opened. The service was a bit slow too. We were not sure when/if our meals were coming! Once we did get our food it was, as always, very good. We will return, but will never sit near the door in the winter again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service got the order wrong And tried to clear the plates multiple times while we were still eating. Seemed like they wanted to rush us out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The moment I walked into Kefi, I was taken by the space. …Mediterranean and New York at the same time. Those huge glass windows created an open and welcoming space. Within moments I was warmly greeted. I waited for my four guests to arrive while enjoying a martini at the bar. It’s a great place to meetup. Our table in the dining room was waiting for us. We dined family style and loved the Grilled Octopus, YiaYia’s Meatballs, the Branzino, the Braised Rabbit over Pasta, the Brussel sprouts, the butternut squash tortalini and so much more. Don’t forget to order the dips to start. My advise. Try it all. We were joyous and had great conversation. The service was awesome. I can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went for restaurant week and they gave us a special plate with a variety of dips.
There was so much food, we took the main course home. The appetizer of fried calamari was
so generous, so we left room for a delicious desert.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I always order the same 2 items, the grilled octopus and the grilled Lavraki with broccoli rabe.

Truly outstanding every time. The dips, meatballs and lamb burger are also just superb.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very good food very good service. Our first visit. Will definitely return! The Branzino and Kefi salad was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Overpriced, uncomfortable chairs, dirty bathroom.
One plate didn't look clean at all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

There was a problem with communication with a glass of wine coming from one person when a bottle was ordered. With the glass gone and a bottle on the way, another glass of wine showed up from another person. With that finely cleared up, the food was good and service improved. The owner was easy to talk to and told us about his chef. We really liked the chef's twist on classics. We would definitely find our way back here the net time we are in town.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The place is bigger than I realized at first, two levels, but retains a cosiness and the welcome was warm and lovely. The octopus was a delight, and the chickpeas it was served on. DO NOT MISS EITHER. The fish, Levraki was a real gem of white buttery whole fish. My companion had the dorado I believe which she complained of it having too many bones. Not the Levraki baby... we had the warmed feta with pita another delight. The slight miss for me was the dessert. Spiced walnut cake and with maple walnut ice cream. It sounds divine and my companion loved it and I ate it but next time I will try a different dessert. Not cheap, not OMG. Enjoy!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Been going to Kefi for years - never lets me down. The staff is so friendly and really do a good job with recommendations! Thank you. Fantastic meal and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Had a great meal at this local neighborhood restaurant. My son ordered two rice pudding desserts because he said he had never tasted rice pudding as good as this one. The food was good, the wine was nice, our server was a STAR and we enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Kefi has great Greek dips and wonderful grilled seafood, at moderate prices. Definitely worth a trip to 84th St. and Columbus Avenue. Much, much, less expensive than midtown Greek seafood restaurants, and the fish is of comparable quality (although the selection is more limited).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Good Greek food, great value, very welcoming neighborhood restaurant good for lunch or dinner. Try the lamb burger with smoked mozzarella.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellently prepared fresh ingredients and a very nice accommodating staff. The portions are very generous and delicious. We have eaten at their other restaurant and have always been pleased. This is our first time at Kefi and we will return.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very tasty Greek/mediterranean food. We had a bean soup which was very fresh, homestyle, tasty. The calamari were great as was the sangria. Had an excellent grilled salmon with broccoli and very tasty baklava. Greek comfort food and overall fun, relaxed vibe.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food and warm but not intrusive service! I loved Kefi, and plan to visit many more times in the future.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Kefi many times. The assortment of dips appetizer is consistently excellent, although somehow the quantity of pita bread supplied is not quite sufficient. The fish is always fresh and very well prepared. Prices are in line with the quality and service. The space is a bit noisy, and in the cold weather the upper level is drafty (there is no antechamber to the entry, so freezing air enters whenever the front door is opened.) The wait staff is attentive and efficient.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Definitely not your „Greek Diner“ food, but rather authentic Mediterranean with a twist.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Good food and friendly service make this a winner for any occasion.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Grilled Octopus and Zucchini patties were my favorite. But everything else was tasty and the speed/cordial nature of the servers was excellent! The place was packed and they still seamlessly delivered the experience. Thank you Kefi

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Service was horrible and the host was very rude. We waited an hour and fifteen minutes for our meal. Rather than getting an apology from the host, he stated that because we didn’t order apps we screwed up the kitchen and have to just wait till they are ready to “ fire the entrees”. In additions multiple bathrooms were closed and the open one was in bad shape. This restaurant has fallen off tremendously.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had the Mixed Grill and the Paella. Both were excellent. Good service and ambiance. Great location in the Upper West Side

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We love Greek food and went for Christmas Eve dinner. Kefi did not disappoint. The ambiance could be a bit more upscale for the price, but overall wonderful. We will go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic as always. It is a favorite every time we are in the city and brought family visiting from out West....

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Kefi was fabulous. It was better than any meal that we ever had in Greece. We will certainly return the next time that we are in NYC.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was awful. Waited to be seated while hostess argued on phone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

After we found too much onion in one dish our waitress was super accommodating and offered to replace the dish, and offered us a free dessert for our troubles… Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding - bravo

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Loved the chestnut ravioli and meatballs. Great place!

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Very reasonable cocktails/wine/beer menu, delicious and authentic Greek food. Great service - our waitress was knowledgable about the menu, checked in on us regularly. The tables are a little close when you have winter coats and such, but that wasn't a deal-breaker. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Except for the noise level, Kefi was fab!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We took friends out for their birthdays and to thank them for all the help they’ve given us over the years. They chose Kefi. It was our second time this month. It was superb. The food had wonderfully fresh ingredients and each course was a treat for the palate. And served the perfect temperature. Loved it.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We love Greek food and wanted to try a new restaurant on the Upper West Side. Dips with pita were really good. We needed extra pita, but it never came. Fish and dumplings were excellent.
Service is okay.....a little slow, but we weren't in a hurry.
We would go back.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Tapas, Comfort Food, Vegan
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