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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:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:30 am–10:00 am
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
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

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:
Moshe Grundman

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.

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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

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Business Meals (19)
Romantic (18)
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Authentic (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Healthy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Lunch (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (4)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I get to the city a couple of times a year and Nerai had been one of our favorites. This night though the food and service were pretty uninspired. I had grilled octopus and dorado. The octopus was rubbery and I had the impression it was cooked the day before. The dorado was $44 (gratuity included) but I don't think the fish weighed 6 oz alive.....there was less than 4 oz of fish on the plate and the fish was served luke-warm. On the plus side, the sommelier helped us with an excellent Cretan wine. I think management should re-thing their "gratuity included" strategy as I believe it leaves little incentive for the wait staff....and it showed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food is always phenomenal. Great staff and great experience.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Early lunch was quiet. Shared the off menu special, a whole snapper for three, with beer/drinks first and a spinach appetizer with it. More spinach came with the fish. All fresh. The noise level rose during lunch as the restaurant filled up but was acceptable. A not tipping restaurant with excellent service. Expensive but worth it for location and food and ambiance

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I keep coming back to this place all the time and it never disappoints.
The tartar, octopus , greek salad and spanakopita are my forever favorites for appetizers. Main:lamb chops and lavraki .One can never go wrong with those options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoyed very much our new year's eve dinner at Nerai. Was a fixed price menu,consisting on 6 plates. All the plates were very nice presented, very good quantity. The mushroom soup was delicious, properly cooked filet mignon, delicious Greek fish. Very nice and intimate jazz group and impeccable service. We will come again to try the regular menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We’ve been 3 times since August. The meals and service is impeccable. Tim has a nice sense of humor and his team took great care. Wow

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was outstanding, pricing was fair for midtown Manhattan, cool look and feel, respectful caring service

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

The food and service was exceptional. Will certainly recommend.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was outstanding. Even offered to split a glass of wine when we only ordered one glass of dessert wine. Great food and place. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This was a great spot for a very good lunch before leaving the city. I was headed to the airport and wanted a nice meal and what I found at NERAI was above and beyond expectations. The staff was great, the bartender and I had a great conversation and the food was fantastic. The attention to detail in the food and the seeming desire to make it perfect was very welcome on my last day in the city this year. See you next year and we will certainly plan some business dinners here in the future!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

With all the over crowded midtown lunch spots, here’s a winner. Great food, good spacing of tables, great location and a non tipping restaurant to boot. Never gone wrong with the salmon here. Highly recommend

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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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 (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.

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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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