About Avra Estiatorio on 48th

Avra Estiatorio on 48th is a restaurant that transports you to the Greece of your imagination. The sky is vivid blue and the air is drenched with sunlight and the aroma of freshly caught fish grilling over an open fire.

141 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm, Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday dinner: 5:00 pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 3rd Ave. and Lexington

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 759-8550

Website:
http://www.avrany.com/

Entertainment:
We offer live jazz every Sunday at Brunch.

Public Transit:
All trains to Grand Central Station. 4,5,6 to 51st Street.

Executive Chef:
George Georgiadis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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From the moment you step through our doors you feel you’ve been transported to a villa in Greece. You are surrounded in an authentic, cozy Mediterranean atmosphere with imported limestone and distressed wood floors, stonewashed walls, exposed wood beams, and French doors that open to a beautiful flo

Avra Estiatorio on 48th Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (44)
Good for a Date (41)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Great for Lunch (39)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Good for Groups (34)
Healthy (33)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Cozy (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Romantic (24)
Fun (22)
Casual (18)
People Watching (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Tapas (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Live Music (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great seafood selection, excellent wine list. I'd visit again for a family or personal function, but not for a business meal. It was apparent that turning over tables quickly is a priority. The staff rudely interrupted conversations on several occasions. My party felt rushed though the meal and out the door. I'll not entertain another business client for dinner at this establishment.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

always a great meal at Avra -- just really, almost insanely expensive. Split a Branzino with a friend --a big 2 1/2 lb. fish -- and maybe it came from Greece, who knows? But the fish ALONE was $155. WOW.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

My favorite spot to stop in NYC. great seafood, awesome Greek specialties. The pre/post theater meals are a fabulous option.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

A bit over priced

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 1, 2018

La comida espectacular, el pulpo deliciso y los camarones (cigalas) divinos asados al carbon, los pescados super frescos y suaves. Amviente encantador.

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I ordered the lamb chops and requested a medium rare temperature. After sending the dish back three times the general manager recommended the steak! I said, I cannot believe that a Greek Restaurant of this caliber cannot prepare lamb.
They did not charge for the meal. It was New Years and it was highly disappointing.
The staff was very nice. The food was less than average.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The octopus appetizer is outstanding. The service by Diego was accommodating and attentive. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our fav NYC restaurant. As good or better than any taverna in greece. But.... expensive.
Special occasion ‘go to’ place.... be sure to pick your fish off the ice!!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was the second time dining at Avra. Second experience was even better than the first. Incredibly fresh seafood with unique selections of simply but tastefully prepares dishes. We will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was good but service wasn’t the best. Our server was not friendly and seemed annoyed to be working. I loved the atmosphere and decor.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We've always loved coming to Avra when we're happen to find ourselves in midtown. The fish is excellent as are all the Greek specialities. The wait staff is friendly and informative. It all makes for a great dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always a great lunch spot. The lunch special menu has great options and portion sizes. Food and service is exceptional. In typical NYC fashion it feels a little too efficient but can’t knock them for that.

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

Great, as always

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

I was unpleased with my overall service at this restaurant. The server I had was lackluster in his attentiveness and service to me and my guest to be as positive as possible. He would not make eye contact with us and did not even come to check on us during our dining experience AT LEAST ONCE, though he checked on the tables around us 3-4 times (I counted). He wouldn't even acknowledge us for 10 minutes after the busboy cleaned our table until we flagged him down. My guest was from Tokyo and made comments about the service as well. I would not go to this place and will tell my friends the same. I'm all about feeling welcomed during my dining experience as well as enjoying the food and I did not receive this feeling in the least bit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Carefully prepared food with some interesting touches, along with attentive and warm service, make for a particularly enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fue muy linda, todo muy rico, atendieron rápidamente y amablemente, los mozos conocen muy bien la carta, y son muy atentos.
El precio es caro, si bien comes rico... es caro.
Volvería a ir, pero siempre y cuando sea un evento especial.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Avra has wonderful food and an excellent wine selection.
Service was lacking though.
We were seated immediately, but then seemed to have been forgotten.
After getting menus it seems we were forgotten again.
Service picked up a little after that, but then failed again when they dropped the bill on the table and it wasn't out bill. Given the lacking service and that huge faux pas with the bill they didn't even comp anything, just keep apologizing from one goof up to the next.

It was so loud it was difficult to talk.

However, we did have an enjoyable time and the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have been regulars at Avra everyone we visit NY. Authentic meditaranean food , delicious & tasty. Will be back again!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Most probably the best Greek food in NYC, service is outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

After a terrific night out with cousins we sat down to a Mediterranean seafood extravaganza equal to the food in the Greek Islands. AVRA are true purveyors of quality fish that never disappoints us. We had a diverse tasting of grilled octopus, halibut, lagostines, shrimp and bronzino that were all simply delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Have been to this restaurant few times but this time service was awful waiter was unavailable waiting on tables seated
after us... Called over random staff to take our order for example. Too bad disappointing embarrassing since brought friends

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fabulous fresh seafood greek style. Wine list also a treat. Would highly recommend...we had a great meal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Nice warm atmosphere with attentive crew and good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was my second time there and it was extremely disappointing. Despite having a reservation we waited 20 minutes to be seated while watching several people who arrived after us just walk right by and get seated. Front desk was very disorganized and the waiter was terrible. The food was just OK this time (I thought it was very good the first time I went to Avra). I doubt I'll ever go back again.

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

Delicious food and ultra courteous service in the noisiest place in town. Go late, choose off hours and you’ll have a wonderful meal.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Service is always great! Convenient location and great seafood!

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

Many bones in Arctic char filet

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

Repeat visit, due to their friendly and professional service, and today's prix fixe menu ... delicious apps (Greek salad/spanokopia), fabulous entees (Char with hourd), and their ever-so outstanding baklava with vanilla ice cream). It's a delicious deal!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very nice restaurant, attentive staff and great capuccino. My steak tho, for $60 it was pure fat and very undercooked. Everything else was good.

Tags: Cozy, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Horrible service from hostess, they over booked and even with a reservation we had to wait over 30 min.

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

It was very crowded but we had a reservation and were seated within five minutes of our time. You are seated very close, so you have to like the "sardine" feeling. The waiter was a bit dismissive and impatient for us to order after we ordered drinks, but we ignored him. The Greek salad was extremely disappointing but the fish entrees were delicious. Bottom line...lots of better alternatives in NYC.

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Avra is always on our list of restaurants when we visit NYC. The selection is fresh and superbly prepared. The service is outstanding -- attentive, allows the diner plenty of time. A delightful experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great fresh greek and seafood

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was outstanding! Ambience was great - good vibe and good service. Avra was highly recommended and definitely lived up to our expectations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Very nice place. Food was great. As is typical for NYC restaurants, a bit loud.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Fabulous seafood! Mediterranean selections flown in daily, but also great USA selections and wonderful sides! The baked clam appetizer, the salmon main, the artic char, and the shrimp all were outstanding! Nice selection of Mediterranean area wines by the glass, and the baklava dessert was a perfect ending!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Although the food was generally excellent, I was surprised that they weren't able to fit a table into the restrooms, because they surely fit tables into every other inch of the restaurant. Be warned - this is not a dining experience. Everything was rushed to turn over the table and there were no more than 6 inches between tables of two, including one clearly put into an aisle. Finally, it was a birthday that was confirmed twice with them and they did nothing - something that should not happen. We couldn't wait to leave to get fresh air and we will never return. My hearing will certainly be better for it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We went to Avra for our friend’s birthday. The food and service was very average. Nothing special!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing food, service and ambiance but expensive.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I have eaten at the madison location several times.
This was my first time eating at the 48th location. They sat us SO far in the back of the restaurant it was ridiculous. The service was awful. We asked for beverages several times from the minute we sat until we were almost done with our meal. Over an hour later they finally brought our tea. The food came out pretty much at the same time and was practically thrown on the table. The waiter was rude and questioned everything we asked him. We asked if they had certain items that the madison location had and he said he had never been there and really didn’t know. Overall it was a horrible meal and experience and we will never go back.

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