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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (32)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Healthy (13)
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Comfort Food (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Fun (7)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tapas (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Business Meals (2)
Live Sports (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 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 31, 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 28, 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 26, 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 25, 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 25, 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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·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 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 15, 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 12, 2017

Except for the noise level, Kefi was fab!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 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 7, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The meal at Kefi was fine. We did not like that the waitress asked if we wanted more pita bread (we had ordered the tzatziki and had a little bit left).
Gratefully, we said "sure" and then we were charged for it. Probably not going back.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food is excellent and server knowledgeable

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went on balloon night before the Thanksgiving Day parade. The place was a zoo. The table near the door was frigid. The service, always suspect, was overwhelmed: it took nearly an hour to get cold appetizers. The food, as always, is what has made Kefi worth revisiting despite its regular annoyances.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food attendants were quite patient with my questions. They gave thorough answers.

Great food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Restroom at main floor disgusting. Uncomfortable seating.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Really great restaurant to grab a bite at before a show at The Beacon theater. We ordered the 4 mezzes, the sheep milk dumplings, the lamb burger, and two souvlakis. Everything was delicious and the service was great, too.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great authentic Greek cuisine. The Greek dips and pita were splendid. Excellent specialty cocktails.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great restaurant staff and gave us a great table in the back and best greek food on the UWS!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was my first visit to Kefi since they reopened several months ago. I would say that the food quality is better than before, the service definitely improved, the prices higher, and the noise level upstairs borders on the intolerable.

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

The food is good to very good. The service is not unpleasant but needs polishing. The HUGE TVs in the front room ruin what is otherwise a lovely room.

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

It's the second time I and my friends have dined at Kefi and it is still a wonderful find. We are already talking about going back. Thank you!

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

food was very good, service fair, but friendly, wine list mmmmmm, only greek wines which are not my favorite

Tags: Casual, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The branzino is the best. The kale salad is delicious. And at the meatballs are tender and fall apart in your mouth!

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

I love this restaurant, and have been enough times to know that you must sit in the upstairs dining room--it's lively and packed and has a beautiful ambiance. The downstairs dining room however, smells like cleaning products, is silent, and only ever populated with a handful of customers. It's pretty much where they dump patrons when the wait for upstairs is getting too long, but it's a miserable experience. After I made my reservation I called the restaurant to request a table upstairs and was told that wouldn't be a problem. So, you can imagine my disappointment when we arrived and were placed downstairs. We were told it would take at least 30 minutes if we wanted an upstairs table, but we had tickets to a show and didn't have 30 minutes to wait. I had made these reservations for a special occasion and was incredibly disappointed. The downstairs dining room probably accommodates 50 people and we were two of four people that got stuck eating down there. And it smells awful, like antiseptic. Not quite the lively and romantic date night I had in mind. The food was great and the service was great, but this dining room overshadowed the entire evening.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience in large measure thanks to our warm, knowledgeable and totally professional waiter, Damian.

His suggestions were no different then the best use of Insider Knowledge.
The sheep milk dumplings I ordered were the most unique treat ever.
The home made potato chips and the chocolate moose with homemade ice cream were to die for.

We’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is one of my favorite upper west side restaurants, has been for a very long time..

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I enjoyed our dining experience at Kefi. After experiencing it several times before, it once again lived up to my expectations. The Greek Lemon Chicken with potatoes is quite good. My husband enjoyed his salmon and broccoli rabe.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

kefi was good as usual. i had the grilled octopus, and the branzini. tasted great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Kefi never disappoints. It’s always good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had another great meal with our younger son and our daughter in law. My husband and I shared the whole fish and it was Excellent. The food is consistently good and we often go there with friends and family.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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