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For 2
7:00 PM
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3444 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Greek, Mediterranean, American
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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
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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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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
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Cross street
Between West 84th and 85th Streets
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Public transit
B & C trains to West 86th Street, 1 train to Broadway & 86 Street
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Special events & promotions
Please contact for any questions regarding special events. You may also visit us online at, for updates and all of our party and catering menus.
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 3444 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSteve (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Met up with special friends. Wanted to enjoy terrific conversation and company with great food and drinks in a great setting. Kefi is all of that and a wonderful value at that!

frankb (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 2 days ago

We were excited to experience Kefi. We sat in the front bar room as the lighting in the upper mezzanine dining room was very bright. The food was good, especially the fish. Unfortunately the service was very poor. It may have been because our waitress had the back dining room as well as our table and did not check on us often. Both times we wanted additional drinks we needed to ask a busser to get our waitress.

Another unfortunate problem is the restaurant front doors were open as we were told the A/C was not functioning. Right next door is a bar and the smoke from their partons smoking out front entered the restaurant and was irritating.

XAT1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Grilled fish was excellent. Service was attentive yet unobtrusive.

SuefromBurlington (New England)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic service in a beautiful space and a short walk from the American Museum of Natural History. Tsaziki was awesome as was baklava, margarita, and chicken souvlaki. Fresh, beautifully prepared food.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 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.

vipSande1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

nojj (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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

nicic (New York Area)
5.0  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!

vipFoodie4Life (New York Area)
2.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  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!

betteluna (New York Area)
3.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

ruth (New York Area)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

vipJAS1958 (Chicago)
4.0  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.