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About NERAI

NERAI offers a contemporary twist on sophisticated Greek dining in the heart of the city. We feature a vivacious bar, elegantly appointed dining rooms and a relaxed, private event spaces. Our flavorful fresh seafood focused dishes and our layered cocktails are stripped down to their simple essence, revamped for a twist, then it is presented beautifully. Our polished service team pays attention to each individual guest, striving to make their experience outstanding. NERAI provides our guests with a peaceful escape from the hustle of NYC. Whether we are welcoming local business leaders, ladies for lunch, colleagues after-work for drinks, we satisfy every guests needs.

55 East 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek, Seafood, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
For our full availability please visit our website.

Breakfast:
Mon-Fri 07:30am-10:30am

Lunch:
Mon-Fri 11:30am-02:30pm

Dinner:
Mon-Thurs 05:30pm-10:00pm
Fri & Sat 05:30pm-10:30pm
Sunday 05:00pm-09:00pm


Cross Street:
Madison Ave & Park Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 759-5554

Website:
http://nerainyc.com/

Entertainment:
n/a

Parking Details:
Parking garage located across the street-54th Between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue

Public Transit:
Conveniently close to the E & M Trains at the 5th Ave-53rd Street Subway Station

Executive Chef:
Chris Christou

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join our email list for invitations to Wine Maker's Diner's and Chef's Tasting Menu Events.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We are offering an early seating for those looking to join us prior to heading out on the town and a late seating for our Greek Gatsby New Year’s Eve Soirée. More information regarding the evening or our cancellation policy contact us directly.

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Details
Sun 8:30PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:30PM

Sat 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:45PM - 10:30PM

Private Dining

CAVA NERAI Our new romantic stone wine cellar was born from the idea to provide you with the finest setting possible for private events.

NERAI Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Romantic (22)
Special Occasion (21)
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Business Meals (21)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Healthy (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Authentic (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Cozy (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Casual (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Duck Moussaka was outstanding as was fresh branzino. seafood tower and zucchini chips appetizers also great. Only note is hard to get table for 6 versus 4 given size and configuration of restaurant. May have to wait for table of 6 even with reservation.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Wow! This is a great restaurant! Everything we had was wonderful! The service was top notch. They had a great wine list. They also ask that you not tip. My wife and I left there very pleased. What else can I say? You need to go!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The restaurant is nice but the food is just ok in comparison to other Greek restaurants in the area

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

All of the food was excellent as was the service. The only negative was that I asked for hot water with lemon and it came cold. I was catching up with a friend so I didn’t bother to ask for it to be swapped out. The lunch prices at Nerai are a little steep but the quality is very high (ingredients, preparation, presentation, service, etc) so I don’t mind it once in a while.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We loved everything. Food was outstanding and special. We will definitely come back and bring friends. Wow !

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great as always - but wow the service was off. I like the no tipping but it sure seemed like it made a difference given how much the service went down from last visit.

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

Delicious food! Wonderful ambiance and exceptional service.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Exceptional dining experience! Amazing food, personable and efficient service, lovely ambiance, upscale authentic! This is a no-tipping restaurant, with 5 star quality in every detail. I've dined at Nerai each time I've visited NYC in recent months. Highly recommend for any occasion!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very good mediterranean seafood restaurant. A no tipping restaurant. Priced reasonable

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It’s San Pietro for the under 60 crowd.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great restaurant. The no tip policy was surprising after the great food and service.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Not great Greek food. Maybe I’m spoiled because I’m Greek and I work with one of the best as well. Everything seemed prepackaged and frozen. The octopus and fish were just okay.. It was not fresh spanakopita or fresh filo in the desserts. Definitely not my favorite.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Truly special Greek food, best octopus ive ever had

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent. Just great. Fish was delicious and desert was outstanding...(emkai or something similar)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

One of the best in town.
It is now our "go to" place for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Absolutely fantastic experience. Would highly recommend to anyone for a nice night out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Best authentic Greek restaurant in NYC. We compare it to the best Mich Starred restaurant in Athens....(Funky Gourmet) and some of the best coastal restaurants we have eaten in all over Greece. Amazing, authentic fresh food at very reasonable price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Service was impeccable, Tim treated us like royalty. Food was cooked well and delicious.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent food outstanding service and by the time I arrived (8:45) it was relatively quite. I’ve been there several times and it is one of my favorites in NYC

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food paired with wonderful wine. The private dining room was quiet and even with a large group noise was not an issue. The room would be perfect for business or private parties.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

everything was tasteless and covered in oil. the salads have some strange croutons in them that are in a typical greek salad and not described in the menu. the service is very poor.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Amazing elevated Greek cuisine- don’t miss the octopus- meatballs - spanakopita for starters - the fresh grilled fish is done to perfection - the butternut risotto was fantastic - the wine list is varied with a wonderful selection of excellent Greek wines- - leave room for desserts- yogurt cheesecake outrageous !!!!!! Yogurt with honey and kataifi Ekmek delish !!!!!!! All included in price no tipping policy -

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Waiter was a bit quirky, but kinda and attentive overall. This is a no-tip restaurant, but would have been satisfied and happy with the level and quality of service. Food was fine but not as good as past experiences—likely because we ordered relatively tame, unremarkable choices.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

La cocina espectacular, pato y callo de hacha deliciosos. El pastel de queso sin igual.
Es un lugar que no debes de perderte.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Nice restaurant with excellent service Very few familiar Greek dishes. I went for pastichio but it was not available. This is not the place to go for Greek

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Wow! This was a great meal! Everything from when you step into the restaurant (beautiful, clean but comfortable decor), the excellent wait staff, host and hostess, to the amazing food, this was a great experience. The lavraki was perfectly seasoned and cooked and the desserts were amazing. Thank you for making this a great evening!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service could be improved. We had to wait after the reservation time to be seated.
Food was good, but it does not worth the price.

Tags: Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Remarkable food; creative, Greek cuisine. Extremely fresh and tasty. Excellent services, and special thanks to Lucca, our waiter! Very nice ambience. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2017

One of the best meals I have had in New York! Grilled octopus was magnificent and the scallop entree was spectacular. Highly recommend! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Unsurpassed quality service and gourmet culinary experience. WOW!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was delicious. Staff showed great hospitality. Had a good time.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband is Greek and we so enjoyed the creative take on traditional plates. The food was flavourful, perfectly seasoned and beautifully plated. We will certainly be coming back. Best Greek food in the city.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful restaurant. Wonderful service (attentive and gracious staff; everyone says hello to you). I was dining alone and sometime restaurants don't love that, but they gave me a great table.

The only hitch is I felt the food was just average. I was in Greece in June, so I ate a lot of Greek food (both high end and street food). And, for the prices, there was nothing remarkable about this food. Particularly the $24 Greek salad, which was just tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta swimming in a bowl of olive oil and lemon. I understand that this the the classic recipe, but it also wasn't presented specially or creatively. I had the scallop entree, which was served on a bed of what looked like frozen peas, corn and carrots. Scallops were perfectly cooked and the pork belly was a pleasure, but it lost some points sitting on those peas. The highlight of the meal was the octopus appetizer. Tender and delicious.

I figured since this is a "no tipping" restaurant, some of the higher prices were supporting the amazing service. I enjoyed the experience, but not sure I would return for the food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Having been used to noisy Greek family restaurants (and the odd plate smashing times), Nerai is like no other Greek restaurant ... the food is creative and great ... the service exceptional ... the staff friendly and efficient ... the Greek wine choices, and the staff recommendations, are to be followed. Combining everything, Nerai makes for a memorable dining experience. Unlike so many NYC restaurants if you want to take your time dining and spacing out the courses there is no issue at Nerai.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Nerai was wonderful! We went early before the theater and had a very knowledgeable waiter. The food is beautifully presented and absolutely fabulous. Everything was extremely flavorful. The restaurant is as beautiful as the food. Cannot wait to return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This restaurant never ever disappoints! From the architecture to chic devote to
Staff so willing to help to the delicious food
It’s my go to!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

This is primarily Greek food, so do not expect something like a mixed salad to be available. The sea food is good, including the Salmon, Cod, and Octopus. They also have some tables outside for warmer days. This place has no tipping. I would definitely go back again.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Servers were friendly and attentive. Food, wine and Greek coffee was truly fabulous!! Unfortunately all courses came out almost at once and although servers were apologetic, that was difficult to remedy. We were rushed through what should have been a fine dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Everything was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Based on previous reviews, we thought that the experience, including food, would be outstanding. It simply wasn't.

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