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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.

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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

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

Private Dining

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.

Kefi Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Cozy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 24, 2017

All was good as usual and the reservation was honoured in a timely fashion

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We arrived at Kefi at 5:00 p.m. and met friends. Had a very pleasant experience. We were able to hold a conversation with shouting, since it was early and not crowded. We all had the early dinner special which was excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I expected more because the chef has done good work in other Greek restaurants in New York. But each dish was a little careless or imperfect. The meatballs were probably the best thing--nicely charred on the outside but mealy on the inside. Taramasalata--my touchstone for a fine Greek restaurant--barely tasted of roe. And the lemon roast chicken, another classic that almost never fails to please, was soggy; the lemon flavor wasn't really in the chicken but in a kind of heavy sauce that was poured on top of the chicken. It would be so wonderful to have this kind of informal Greek place in the neighborhood, but this isn't it.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food is amazing, especially the lamb burger!!!

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Love the menu the restaurant offered for the restaurant week. The waitress was attentive and profesional. Highly recommended

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had a Groupon for an appetizer, 2 entrees, a side dish and dessert. The food was good but the portions were tiny. All of our food was served on bread plates. Those around us were being served on dinner plates.
It would have been to our benefit not to purchase a Groupon. We were hungry when we left.
The point of bringing folks in is to have them return as customers. We will not.

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

Great Service! Food was great also, will def be back!
Tried for Restaurant Week, glad I did.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food is still very good, but prices have gone up, so not quite as good a value. But definitely a nice neighborhood eatery.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I had dined at Kefi a few times before, and was always happy with the quality of the food and the friendliness of the waiter (I happened to have the same Ukrainian waiter multiple times). So I was surprised at my disappointing experience this time. Maybe it was a fluke, but it doesn’t make me want to go back again.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Good food and right portion. So close to authentic Greek food. Service was good and loved the atmosphere.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Always good food. We had groupon which was very good value. Only complaint is that it is very, very noisy and hard to have conversation with eachother.

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

The food was very good. The menu was a little limited, but each of us was able to find something to eat. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Mantra of the cooking here seems to be cover everything with a bunch of parsley to mask the poor quality ingredients

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

The food was excellent and felt like it was really Greek. The service is the thing that makes this especially pleasant. We were able to have good business discussions without feeling like we had to leave. I have also been here with groups of people in the evening and we have always enjoyed ourselves and felt extremely welcome and comfortable.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Vegan, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The brunch menu was incredibly creative and tasty.
Look forward to a return visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

The worst experience ever. Brought my parents here for a nice Greek dinner. The experience was awful. I ordered for the table and specified that my fathers chicken souvlaki needed to be well done. I reiterated it three times to the nonchalant waiter. The order came and the chicken was a little burnt on top and uncooked inside. My father spoke to the waiter and requested that they cook it more. The annoyed waiter took it back and had the busboy bring it to the table looking exactly the same. Nothing had been done to it. From that point on we did not see the waiter till he brought the check without asking about our experience as it was evident that we were the butt of some twisted joke. I didn't say anything as I didn't want to upset my parents though my father ended up not eating. My mom and I ordered the organic lemon chicken and both plates looked to have been left over food that was placed together in one plate. This cannot be classified as food, let alone an NYC dining experience. The fact that this establishment is in business is baffling. We paid the bill left the undeserved 20% tip and left as quick as possible. Shame on you Kefi.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was very good but I would expect nothing less in the upper west side. The service, however, was excellent. We were placed at a quiet table which we had asked for and greatly appreciated.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Highly overrated and the food is below average. Do not waste your money here.

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

Met a fried for a casual dinner. We shared 4 appetizers. All were delicious, and would have them again (Kefi Salad, Grilled Octopus, Cavier Spread and Meatballs). I would do the same thing
next time I go. Service friendly and accommodating!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had an amazing lunch here with friends today - fantastic food and service. Every single item was a hit, particularly the lamb burger and all of the appetizer spreads. Delicious!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Excellent preparation of classic Greek dishes. Great quality. Great service. Loved it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Fantastic food. A bit pricey, but worth it for special occasions.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very noisy and hard to talk, which meant you had to talk louder, as did everyone around you, so the noise level was high. Appetizers were fine but not as flavorful as they should have been. All main courses were excellent.....mussels are a must, branzino was very good, risotto very good as well.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Food was inconsistent: the dips my guest and l shared were delicious and plentiful. Big disappointment = they had run out of lamb chops, though it was only around 8pm when we ordered. The shrimp and orzo I ordered instead: shrimp (I think there were four) and the tomato-based sauce that swamped them were both rather bland. My guest enjoyed her chicken perfectly well. The restaurant was full and very noisy. Wait staff were obliging but looked tense and under strain. OK choice of wine at reasonable prices.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Very good food and friendly service but the noise level makes it necessary to shout rather than have a normal conversation. Exhausting.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Service was extremely slow. Overall good otherwise

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

It's gone downhill. A manager needs to take charge and get it back on track.
Prices have risen and service is perfunctory.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent food, especially the ravioli! Great service. Would definitely go back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

excellent service , waitress was friendly , food is delicious and the decor makes you feel as if you are in greece.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I don't like the lamb burger but the shrimp and orzo was so delicious!

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

This restaurant is in need of seriously reviewing their menu. The taste of the food was not good; it was like old food from many day on the fridge. Very poor quality.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Very attractive decor with good service and variety on the menu. Food was very good with adequate portions.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Second time there. Food was delicious.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Amazing food, amazing service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Consistently pretty good although the entrees took a really long time to come out. Service was good, free ice cream for birthday celebration, table was squished into corner and under an AC unit which wasn't ideal.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

I have previously enjoyed the food & the experience of Kefi. I had a good meal recently as takeout at lunch. But dinner was a disappointment. The food was so so. Lemon roasted potatoes were tasteless tubers swimming in a pool of oil & garlic with 2 lemon slices as garnish. The cauliflower special was overdosed in cinnamon. Oh well.

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

Delicious food, well prepared. Unobtrusive, very attentive service. I'll be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very comfortable
Respected our request for quiet seating downstairs
Everyone's food was good
Waiter was very polite and accommodating

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

25 minutes after ordering, our waiter showed up asking us what we had ordered. He could have joined the Trump administration for denying that he hadn't placed our order ( which he finally admitted). We spoke to the manager who promised to comp our order. They sent us a Greek salad, which we didn't want. When the check arrived, nothing was comp'd. We summoned the manager again, who said we'd gotten the wrong bill. A new one arrived, with the least expensive of the many items we ordered taken off the bill.
Average food, lousy customer service

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I normally think Kefi has really good food, but I've mostly eaten dinner there. Lunch had limited menu. Egg dishes we ordered were extremely bland, bordering on tasteless. Service was good and atmosphere was quiet and pleasant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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