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Kefi

4.2
3479 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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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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 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 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.
What 3479 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.9
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

As always, great food, great service, but the whole place needs a face lift. It is too dark, no character, no ambience. we only go there for a consistently good food and quick service, but we wish it were a little bit more pleasant inside so we could come here more often with friends.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was ok, chicken was undercooked. My waitress wasn’t very attentive, nor polite.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was great and filling. We especially loved the steak and meatballs. The noise level was a little loud and it was difficult to hear.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was delicious--especially the ricotta dumplings and the mixed grill. The service was a little slow, but the place was packed, so it was understandable. Kefi was crowded but very cozy and welcoming--we would definitely come back when we're on the UWS!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food is good, but not great. Service was terrible. It took forever for a waiter to come over to us, forever to order, and forever to get the check. Not in a hurry to return.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Greek Easter with my father was a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was VERY flavorful, staff friendly and efficient.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Granted this review is written when I was treated at Kefi both times. Still, the food is excellently portioned and of great quality for the price. Service is attentive and while atmosphere is a bit loud, it's not too hard to hear due the tables being a litter shorter in width.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was lacking flavor and price was extremely high for quality of food. I ordered the whole grilled Branzino, it was small with barely any meat on it. Martinis were a thumbs down

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great experience

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful dinner with friends at Kefi. The mixed appetizer and entrées were delicious, the service pleasant and prompt, the drinks well made and the price reasonable. I loved the seafood paella, my wife the branzino.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Second time to Kefi, and just as wonderful as the first. Our server was just excellent, and her wine suggestions were spot on. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Kefi always reliable. Excellent service and nice neighborhood feel.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We understand that they were busy and short-staffed but we got there before the rush and we had to ask for everything: for our order to be taken, for our food to come, to get the bill. It was a 2.5 hour lunch. It was embarrassing for me with my out-of-town company.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Sadly we had a horrible experience here. Waited over an hour for food. Obviously something amiss in the kitchen.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had a 7:00 pm reservation and showed up a few minutes early. A man and woman were at the captain's stand, maybe two feet away. They pretended we didn’t exist. We stood there. And stood there. Eventually my wife said “Excuse me, we have a reservation”. Startled, they grudgingly took us to a nearby table.

We ordered Zucchini Fritters, two glasses of house wine, the shrimp with orzo for my wife and the Lamb Burger for me. The menu said that the Lamb Burger was made with ground pork. The waitress recommended I have the burger cooked “medium”. I agreed. She left.

We waited. After a half hour or so, the fritters showed up. We inhaled them. The plates were cleared. Then we waited for our entrees. And waited.

More apologies. The waitress offered us another glass of wine, on the house. Neither of us wanted more wine, but OK. The wine came. The food didn’t.

We had been in our seats more than an hour and twenty minutes when the entrees came. I tore into my “Lamb Burger”, and it was raw in the middle. Not rare, not medium, but raw. Pink and mushy. Raw pork.

I called the manager, who had already apologized for the delays. He asked if I’d like something else, and I said we’d already spent too much time there. I asked for the check and said I was not paying for the uncooked Lamb-with-Raw-Pork Burger. My wife ate her shrimp dish. It was good (though only four shrimp).

We waited in vain for a check. We were about to leave, when the waitress finally brought it. She said the manager had comped the appetizer and not charged us for the burger. I paid in cash and wrote on the check “You should be ashamed of the incompetent service”. We had been there over an hour and forty minutes. And still I never had dinner.

From the minute we walked in, the staff were inept. The greeters rudely ignored us. The floor staff showed up once in a while, while the food never did. And then, when it did, to serve raw pork on top of it all?

We won't go back.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Super slow service! Won’t be back!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The waitress was so friendly and attentive. The food was hot - and almost too hot but that's not a complaint. I will definitely come back here

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

At Feki we can find a very good Greek food in a very good venue of Manhattan. Very good bear too.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Kefi is always wonderful, the food special and the service excellent. But we 'fell' into the timing for a little publicized prix fixe menu which gave us some of the really good items for a low price. We hadn't planned on it, actually added a zucchini fritters mezze and it still was a bargain.
Always excellent - this time a better deal than even during Restaurant Week!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was good in respect to the price. The ambience was fine and not too noisy at the time we went. It took awhile for us to get our drinks. We had good service ultimately but the dessert description was misleading.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Kefi is a nice neighborhood restaurant whose Greek/Mediterranean menu is a welcome departure from the more typical Italian/American restaurants that predominate on Columbus Ave. Food is thoughtfully prepared and service is attentive. Nice wine list, including by the glass.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great happy hour at the bar.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Grilled fish was excellent. Service was attentive yet unobtrusive.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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