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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

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on March 6, 2010

Excellent food and outstanding service - for a great price. We had a reservation for 6 at 630p. Even though the place was packed we were seated immediately and on time.

Friendly hostesses, great staff - attentive and alert. And did I mention that the food was amazing...? Fun place with loads of energy! Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Food is excellent. If you don't have a res, expect a long wait. Service is still spotty. Go during the week if you can.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Our new favorite restaurant!!! We'll be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2010

I am a regular diner at Kefi and love eating at the bar or downstairs. The food and service are consistently good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Very loud but excellent food and a lot of fun!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2010

excellent Greek food, moderately priced.
friendly service. the back room is definitely quieter than the front.
the food in my experience is consistently good, although on definitely on the saltier side.
I had the hangar steak which was very flavorful, and perfect for a low carb option.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Check out their specials... I was pleasantly surprised. Good value, fun place, nice ambiance and staff. Fairly authentic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 5, 2010

Fantastic food! Authentic Greek. Terrific service. Great atmosphere. Reasonably priced for Manhattan. Reservation strongly suggested.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2010

I don't live in the area anymore, but I still trek to the UWS to eat here. The food is beyond amazing. At this point, I've had the menu, but I LOVE the spreads, rabbit pasta, octopus, meatballs, sausage, and probably another 10 items. The waitstaff is ultra friendly and helpful, especially when it comes to recommendations. It's always a wonderful experience, even when I bring a large party for a birthday. I hope Kefi never changes

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2010

Food very good as usual. Waiter seemed a little out of it... reminded me a bit of a bureaucrat's attitude at some government office... polite but not really interested.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2010

The dining experience wasn't very intimate. They were putting our entrees on our little table before we had finished our apps. Too rushed. The food is good - no doubt, but it would be great if they would take a little more care in not making you feel like you're eating at a factory.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2010

Fantastic greek food on the upper west side. Service was a bit slow, and it was a bit crowded, but the food was delicious, especially the mac and cheese, which was a great surprise. Recommended if you are in the neighborhood, but not really worth a long trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2010

Very good dips and very good lamb shanks. Gets a bit noisy so if you don't like that go early in the evening. Good value for the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 28, 2010

Delicious Greek and comfortable,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2010

The food was excellent, service a bit rushed because it was so crowded, I suppose. We were there on a Saturday night and if you didn't have reservations, the wait was 45 minutes. We had reservations and waited about 10 minutes for our table.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2010

love it, been there every week and can't get enough of the good food, nice atmostphere etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2010

Excellent food and extremely reasonable prices!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2010

This was my 3rd time at Kefi all on Saturday. The food was as good as ever however the service was a bit inattentive at time: had to wait for all of us to have our appetizer plates cleared and also wait for steak knives. Very crowded, as usual,for an early Saturday evening. Would like to try on another night of the week and next time later when there are not so many (crying)children.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2010

Wonderful food but very noisy...almost impossible for a table of four to hold a conversation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2010

The food is not your typical Mediterranean Greek fare, but quite inventive. My son thought the Octopus was amazing. The rest of our dishes were very good. Dishes are not large, but we were all quite full. The restaurant's new location is huge--under the one-store-wide top floor a cavernous basement, nice decorated. The waitress told us the restaurant can fit 200. And it was almost entirely full at 7 p.m. on a Friday night. There were couples and large parties and families with kids.

We have only two slight criticisms: the restaurant is way to noisy for people to have a relaxing dinner. People ate and left. That brings me to the prices: at over $120 for four people, four beers, one appetizer, I would have liked to feel welcome to linger.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2010

Awesome atmosphere, excellent, service delicious food...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2010

This is my 3rd time and I still have not had a dish that was bad. One weird thing was they made one of our party stand outside on the snowiest day I've ever experienced to wait for the restaurant to open. They have a great price fix. The service is spotty but the food is so delicious and affordable it's easy to overlook.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2010

Food is real greek food and delicious. Well priced for the quality of food and that keeps me recommending Kefi to others.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2010

Good, bordering on very good greek stylefood. Lamb shanks were excellent. Dips all good to start with. Service attentive but gentle. Prices very very fair. Room absorbs sound well. Feels ariy. Nice for a group of 3 or 4. We will go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2010

If you get to the restaurant around 5:45 and order by 6 p.m. you can enjoy a modestly priced (about $17.) 3 course prix fixe dinner. Very good for pre-theater dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 22, 2010

great food, good service, noisy and lively.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 21, 2010

Has a good variety of brunch/lunch menue with reasonable price. Food is good, if not extraordinary.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 20, 2010

With wonderful portions, spot on prices, and ability to make reservations--Kefi has become a go to. Food was flavorful, we were able to share a bunch, wine prices and pairings were great. All around an experience worth repeating.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2010

Loved the food and the whole experience. Everything wS great but the meatballs, the sheep milk dumplings and the custardy cake w orange were sublime.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2010

Wait staff was very friendly and helpful--they knew the food and wines.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2010

On both occasions (a Saturday night four people pre-opera dinner, and a Friday night nine people dinner) Kefi was a great destination. The waitstaff is very nice, helpful, and knowledgeable, the food is generously portioned and delicious, and the space is charming. You absolutely need reservations though - the wait on busy nights like Friday and Saturday is about an hour. Coming with a large group afforded an opportunity to try a little bit of almost everything on the menu, and I liked everything I've had there. Would specifically recommend the lamb shank, branzino, the spreads, meatballs and sweetbreads. Galaktobouriko for dessert. I will surely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2010

Outstanding, innovative Greek food. Relaxed environment- white washed walls, exposed beams, open space. Service was excellent. Reservations are a must. Incredible value for excellent food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2010

The food here is exceptional and I am not alone in thinking so...the restaurant is always packed. Sit upstairs to avoid the much louder lower level seating. We had some bad luck with a less than enthusiastic waiter on our last visit but the food will bring us back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2010

Good food and fast service.! Very affordable too!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2010

Food was excellent.
Nice atmosphere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2010

A first rate neighborhood restaurant featuring classic Greek dishes and truly interesting variations on that theme. Service was friendly, accommodating, and prompt. We ate in the cozy downstairs, arriving by six p.m. when the restaurant was quiet. When we left it was bustling, and quite noisy, especially upstairs.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2010

Great local restaurant. Really enjoyed the food and loved the octopus appetizer...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2010

The food, service and ambiance were all great! Will definitely dine here again, there's much more on the menu I'd like to try.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2010

The food is excellent and great value. The decor is charming. Waiters are knowledgeable and responsive. But the noise level is deafening - so best to arrive early and leave by 8. Also the heat from the kitchen fills the back room, so for any comfort at all, ask to be seated up front near the bar.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2010

We had a very nice meal. The service was attentive, particularly difficult to achieve on a busy holiday night. The bartender was accomodating.

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