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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

4.1

ambience

3.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Tapas (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
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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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 (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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My family had a reservation here for a Saturday night. Though we couldn't be seated in a booth at street level, we were given the option of the basement, which wasn't scenic but had a booth and was quieter. It's a big place and they seemed to be able to easily accommodate large walk-in groups. We took advantage of our early dinner to get the prix-fixe menu, we were all very happy with the dishes. Wine/beer list was ok. Service was good, but a little cheeky --definitely relaxed. The bathrooms were not super well-maintained, but staff was ready to attend to it when I pointed out the need. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to come back, but it fit the bill at the time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Service was exceptional tonight. Kefi is always a favorite but tonight's experience was better because of our waitress. Thank you!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

A waste a money and time. Food is not good, service is sad.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our waiter was a bit nonexistent for the first 10 minutes after sitting down. Took a while to take our cocktail order and then we waited quite a while. It was his first week so we'll give him that. Overall we loved the food though!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Kefi is the place to come to for a delicious, reasonable, quick meal. My husband and I share the Kefi salad which is a variation on the standard Greek salad with a mix of olives, peppers, fennel, lettuce and tomatoes. Sometimes we share the mussels and share the whole branzino; sometimes we remember how much we love the mussels and each just get our own order. The mussels are fresh, perfectly cooked, well seasoned, and mixed with beans. Kefi's bread dipped into the broth from the mussels tops off our dinner perfectly.
The only down side to Kefi is that it is noisy. But since the service is good and the food is very good, we think the trip from our home on the Eastside to Kefi on the Westside is more than worth our time.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The wait staff was fabulous. The butternut squash ravioli was superb. Our waitress picked a wine for me, it was spot on!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very noisy, limited menu, and food was mediocre....

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Probably best UWS greek restaurant. Lamb and fish dishes are very good. If you like octopus you'll love the appetizer.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was very good, however towards the end of the meal, a customer came downstairs where we were dining with a dog. One of my guests is allergic to dogs and we weren't asked if there would be a problem, especially since the downstairs is very close quarters. I inquired if that dog was a service animal and they checked it out and said it was. Dog was not wearing a vest. I am all in favor of service animals, however the manager should have asked the diners if there was a problem with the animal being there. Luckily, we left shortly after and my guest did not have any reaction.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We particularly enjoyed the creative inclusion of vegetables into the dishes we ordered - there was a garlicky olive oil grilled okra dish that we shared as an appetizer - it was surprisingly amaze balls! Then he had a lamb chop dish with fantastic broccoli rabe, and I ordered a mussels special with gigante beans and kale that was wonderful. My only complaint would be that all the two-top tables were squeezed right next (as in 6 inches at most away) to another two-top, and we were able to hear in detail the conversation of a couple of pretentious investment finance sector types who employed no filters when discussing the failings of everyone else they knew in the industry. A little space would have been nice. Otherwise, the service and food were great. I would go back, and recommend Kefi to people I care about.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We're so glad that Kefi is in our neighborhood as the term neighborhood gem really applies here. We dine there often and we've never been disappointed with the food or with the service. Only problem is that it's a bit too loud at the height of dinner.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Restaurant was empty, but food took forever. Lipstick stains on glasses. Even after double-checking, order was brought of staggered and wrong. We were then up-charged for a special we didn't ask for and the server fought us on the price. I'd heard such great things from friends, but it was such a disappointment!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was superb. Kudos to Lisa for a wonderful dining experience. Lavraki was fresh and properly cooked with lemon and EVOO on the grill. Excellent night out!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

A/C was broken - we should have been told upon arrival

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Always a delicious meal.....staff is very attentive. A favorite of ours

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

Very mediocre food with a limited menu. Tables are right on top of you with a noise level that requires either super hearing or no table conversation. Lack of A/C just adds to the discomfort. Service was also way below average. There must be a 100 better Greek restaurants in the area. Never again for us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

food was disappointing. 6 hungry eaters left the hummus appetizer 1/2 eaten. souvlaki was underspiced. special greek salad was boring. ingredients didn't pop. feta crumbles instead of chunks a cheap and disappointing way to make a greek salad. service staff is undertrained. waiter tried to be helpful, but didn't know his menu. based on this experience, don't expect them to last. could have been an off night, but don't feel need to give them another chance. one bright note - the special cocktail with the grilled pineapple was delicious.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Nice staff, great food and cozy atmosphere.
Will be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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