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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.
New York, NY 10024
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
Between West 84th and 85th Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
B & C trains to West 86th Street, 1 train to Broadway & 86 Street
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 email@example.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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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