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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Business Meals (21)
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Special Occasion (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We ate here twice and both times the food was fantastic!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Worst dining experience in New York. Very bad service rude waiter and tasteless food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

An excellent, unhurried lunch or dinner with clients or even work mates is a great way to build lasting relationships. NERAI provides that every time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Overpriced! Food is not that good! The waiters try really hard to be super friendly and respectful, but they end up talking too much and being annoying. The place is nice though... I wish I had had a MUCH better experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

This restaurant is usually well executed but they were not firing on all cylinders. Although there was a prix fixe, the waiter failed to bring one of the courses. Very much a lackluster performance.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is such a beautiful restaurant. The ambiance is perfect for a night on the town with your special someone. White, blue, imagine Mykonos colors... Service is the best I've ever had, and they are part of the no tipping movement. The food though...oh my goodness. The smears, the wood grilled octopus. Oh did I mention the risotto? My husband ordered the Cod and said there were simply too many flavors to enjoy at once. Go there, and thank me later.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with great service and food to match. Their chips nerai were ridiculous, and the ambiance is perfect for a romantic evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Impeccable food and very attentive (and intelligent and thoughtful ) service

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The appetizers are really good. I had chips, octopus, and crab cake. I strongly recommend octopus. It’s so tender and definitely the best I’ve had. Entrees are not bad. I had rack of lamb and my partner had duck. I’ve had better lamb at streak house so I would give it 7/10. My partner loved the duck and I tried a little bit too. I say it’s a 8/10.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great Experience. Went there after a matinee and the staff was wonderful. The food was great. Love the idea of tip built into the price, however, most of the meals can be a bit pricy and I would only go for special occasions. It is also great for a business lunch or dinner. The downstairs can get

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great ambiance, food was pretty good, very pretty inside, good service . Would recommend for special occasion

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The service at Nerai is exceptional. They are very accommodating and courteous. The menu has great options as well for seafood and meat lovers. It would be great if they could add more vegetarian and/or vegan options.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent both food and service 👌😍✌️

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Nerai's food is always exceptional. The scallops melt in your mouth. The service is impeccable and the staff is always accommodating. Their wine list is great and their specialty cocktails are creative and very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Superb service and food. My new favorite Greek in midtown

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent option for breakfast in midtown. Low noise levels and excellent breakfast options make it perfect for business or personal gatherings

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and service were awesome. We were there for a birthday. The Spinach pies were excellent. The beet was great with very minimal dirt taste. I usually dislike beets due to the dirt taste, but they did a good job with it. I love non-tipping restaurant especially when the service is good. I like the idea that I know up front what I am paying in total already.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent. Will repeat

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

NERAI, WAS GREAT AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK.
We had a family celebration, babies to septuagenarians. The numbers kept changing -- added people came and the flu caused others to drop out, but the staff coped with it all and gave us a fabulous table. The decor is handsome. The service was friendly and first rate, the sommelier recommended a perfect Greek red enjoyed by all. But my highest praise is for the food, great salads, wonderful octopus, delicious short ribs. Altogether a memorable evening.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful very fresh food. Great wine list with knowledgeable staff. Perfect service! Would go back anytime

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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 12, 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 11, 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 December 31, 2017

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 15, 2017

The food and service was exceptional. Will certainly recommend.

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 (Denver)·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
 (Atlanta)·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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 13, 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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 (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 8, 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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 (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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 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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