NERAI

4.7
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1060 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Greek

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About

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 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:45 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 759-5554
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Moshe Grundman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison Ave & Park Ave
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Parking details
Parking garage located across the street-54th Between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
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Public transit
Conveniently close to the E & M Trains at the 5th Ave-53rd Street Subway Station
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Entertainment
n/a
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1060 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MR
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we're in New York, we come here. It never disappoints! Great wine list at fair prices and the food as well as service is phenomenal.

MV
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lucky find! Amazing food and service.
We will be back again!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance are all excellent at this restaurant. Definitely recommend it.

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. First time here but it truly was a charm. The staff made it worth it. Awesome.

IO
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strongly recommended!
Excellent food, wine list and friendly atmosphere

WM
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was very expensive for what it was I thought

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing I dislike about Nerai. I have been there twice and both times everything was superb. We were seated right away, the wait staff was very attentive, food came out quickly and was well-paced, and everything was delicious, especially the rack of lamb.

RJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Dover Sole in the City.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed royally by all, and received especially excellent service from Will, the sommelier, as always!!

F
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never ever disappoints

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressive creative Greek food with fresh ingredients and superb customer service. A truly memorable dining experience

NW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite midtown restaurants. Lovely ambiance, great food and service.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had seafood risotto. Best I have eaten
Only issue is there were “filth flies” , those little tiny flies floating around restaurant

A
Philadelphia
266 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all-around!!

DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service both Spectacular! Had great help with a wine suggestion in our price range.

JL
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at NERAI and it was terrific. The food was inventive, fresh, and beautifully presented. The Greek touches were distinctive but not overpowering. I like being in a restaurant where I don’t have to shout to be heard. The service was excellent.

Q
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was great. We had to wait a bit to be seated yet we had a reservation. That was uncomfortable given I had employees with me. The yogurt is great. It was lunch time so I was not bothered by the noise level. I will continue to visit this restaurant.

MP
Sydney / NSW
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Very enjoyable dinner. Wonderful food and very nice service. Kudos to the Chef and the whole Nerai team.

MG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, excellent service. My expectations were high, the meal exceeded them. Octopus, loup de mer, duck moussaka... all were brilliant. The desserts were fantastic, as well, and I rarely bother w/desserts. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, food was great. Only good things to say, will likely visit again.

FR
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Excellent service. Would definitely return and recommend.

L
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, and wine were fantastic. Looking forward to dining here again soon!

DM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I was very hopeful about enjoying the experience at Nerai, as I love Greek food, but I came away disappointed.
Firstly, I had a 1p reservation for 2, but was seated late and after several groups that came in after me were seated. The hostesses seemed indifferent to my inquiries.
The food was just ok. Nothing to write home about. I ordered the Greek salad with grilled chicken. The dish came out in a small plate with only tomatoes, cucumbers, a slab of feta, and a little red onion. (I asked them to hold the olives). But no lettuce and the dressing was bland. The chicken was tasteless.
Our waiter and his service was excellent, the best part of the meal.
All in all, the ambiance and location of this restaurant are very good, but I don't think I will be going back soon.

SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Perfect for a business lunch.

DM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Terrific place, not too full and not too loud. Food and wines and service are great! We enjoy sitting across from the bar.

y
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food deteriorated in past year. Tuna tartare nothing special , zucchini chips very greasy. Branzino was good and service very friendly but probably won’t be back

JG
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While in the city for a week, I dined at NERAI twice for lunch and four times for dinner. I went to a couple of other places - Daniel, Kreuther. But since I'm so familiar with the neighborhood of the hotel where I always stay, I know the restaurants in the area. Nerai never disappoints. It's not pretentious, and doesn't try to be a gourmet restaurant. But it is upscale, consistent and always better than good. The staff and the ambience and the food are all at the very top of my list, so when I return next year, I know where I'll go.

F
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a wonderful experience

NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good server who was really friendly. The food me and my friends had were perfect. We had lamb and scallops for entrees and both were perfectly done. The dessert I had Greek Sundae and it was so good that I would get another order if I was not that full!

EJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and ambiance!

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal with exceptional service.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place !!! Great food !! Great company

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous choice for our anniversary dinner!

The staff is exceptional and every single one of them made us feel extremely welcomed. We arrived at 5:30 pm and ordered from the weekend theater prix fixe menu, a 3-course meal that is a real steal at $49.00. I started with a haloumi, fig and fennel salad, which was light and delicious. My main course was the levraki (bronzino), which was cooked and seasoned to perfection! I ended my meal with a custard dessert. We were nicely surprised with a complimentary mini mousse cake in honor of our anniversary. My husband raved about his lamb chops. We can't wait to return again!!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood. Definitely trust the staff recommendations.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place, we've been a few times and it's always great. staff - from the general manager to the folks in the back - are lovely, welcoming people. food is amazing. we went with a friend in town from greece, and he was in heaven.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great! Loved it

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round; wonderful staff.

D
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and great bar!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good location for lunch on lunch hour in the area.

B
New England
58 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is delightful. There is something of all. A lively bar for a casual experience and a calm, sophisticated dining room with excellent service. The food is upscale Greek, good variety of drinks, and an excellent wine list. Staff were attentive and helpful. This place should be on your list of great restaurants to try.

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