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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (75)
Business Meals (57)
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Good for a Date (46)
Great for Lunch (44)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Healthy (37)
Good for Groups (37)
Great for Outdoor Dining (36)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Notable Wine List (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Fun (27)
Romantic (26)
Casual (21)
Hot Spot (21)
Cozy (20)
People Watching (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Late-night Find (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Tapas (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Live Music (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 17 hours ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Memphis)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

Amazing food, service and ambiance but expensive.

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 (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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This restaurant was highly recommended and, while the ambiance and food was excellent, the service was very disappointing. We were a little early for our reservation so we started at the bar for a drink. After closing out the bar tab we moved to our table with partially consumed drinks. Once seated, it took a quite a while to be greeted by our server Petros and, by then, our drinks were finished. Our server never asked us if we wanted another drink or wine with our dinner. He also was not very descriptive when we asked a few questions about entrees- and then never came back to ask how we were enjoying our dinner or if we wanted to order anything else. The food itself was great although a bit pricey- $23.95 for a Greek salad was pretty over the top.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Avra's has been my go to for years when visiting NYC. Outstanding food and service. On a snowy night in December, it was so cozy and was a high light to our girls trip!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very beautiful restaurant would deffenetly going back and recommend to friends

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

we got the wine near end of the meal. we like the restaurant and the food, however the service needs to improve.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Warm seafood salad was ok , just a bit too oily this time.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious Greek fare! The Octopus is a "must have"! Food is fresh and wonderfully prepared. Even the Escarole side dish was amazing. Sit in main dining room or back room (slightly quieter) service was very good and many greek or other wines to choose from.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

So many good restaurants in NYC but very few as consistently amazing as Avra.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Late-night Find, Authentic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Phenomenal experience! Food far exceeded our expectations, staff was superb - very accommodating and gave great suggestions

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

it's very comfortable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Couldn’t have been more disappointed. Booked for a birthday lunch for my Mom, party of 3. I called ahead to confirm, when seated at the communal table, I thought we would be take care of. Instead, we were asked to move tables midway through the meal, with the completely rude manager yelling at our delightful server to ‘get us moving’. Extreme waste of time, money and spoiled a special occasion. And fittingly, the food was a complete afterthought .

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing. Roasted beets, grilled octopus and pick a fish!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Excellent place for a nice lunch at a reasonable price. The lunch fixed price menu is good value!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Avra IS FABULOUS! ALWAYS IS!
My favorite restaurant!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This was one of my favorite restaurants. This visit, we were seated at a terrible table and the service was awful. Food never disappoints though. Authentic delicious Greek food, you can be healthy or not and have a great meal. You just need to put up with the noise.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

food good but the environment is extremely noisy ...

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Aside from feeling a bit rushed and a mixup about where we would like to be seated it was a fabulous dinner, expertly prepared and attentively served. Once we got through the entre and ordered dessert they stopped rushing us and we enjoyed coffees and cordials. In retrospect we should have made reservations for an hour later on a Sunday night and by that time the rush would have been over

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place. Food is exceptional. Great for business lunch or special occasion dinner. A little noisy, but work it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lovely ambiance, nice service and excellent food. Highly recommend grilled octopus appetizer. Fresh fish selections BEAUTIFUL! Will definitely return on our next visit to NYC!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love the ambience, service food, wine. Cant wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was wonderful, service was very attentive. The only minus was the size of the table for two. Greek food is never scarce and we shared various appetizers, but didn’t quite have enough space for our plates. We enjoyed the evening though, I will definitely come back next time we visit NYC and will highly recommend my friends to come.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Never disappoints. We dine here at least 2-3 times a month and the wait staff, and food are incredible.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I found the food I ordered to be relatively bland- though the beets were tasty, they were nothing special. The spanakopita was too "spinachy" with very little dough or cheese. The lamb chops too were "ok" but really nothing I could not have gotten elsewhere. The service seemed rushed despite an early dinner time. Certainly not a good value or memorable visit.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Simply one of the best fish restaurants in the world! Get whatever fresh whole fish they are offering char-grilled. Amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed Avra as a group of 5 friends who haven't been together in a while. Avra is a lovely, step-into-Greece type place (I can only imagine how nice it would be in the warmer months, when they open the doors to the small patio). The people greeting us were warm and accommodating, as was the hostess who happily made changes to our reservation due to timing and adding in another guest. The food at Avra is delicious. It's (seemingly) authentic and fresh. The waiter was a bit brusk for my liking, with no time for pleasantries; he was matter of fact and seemed impatient at times. He also would not add a protein to a salad I had ordered, and pointed out that I would need to purchase an entire other entree to accommodate my request. In this day and age, that is unacceptable. Every restaurant in town adds protein to a salad upon request, and most restaurants clearly offer such an add-on at the bottom of the menu. The wine list was nice, with a variety of options. We wanted dessert, but before we knew it the waiter had whisked away the menus and that was that.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Dinner was fantastic. Food was fresh. and delicious. Wine list is very strong across many regions. We had a great dinner and our waiter Thanassis was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Has to be the best Greek restaurant I’ve ever been to. Will definitely return for any occasion.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was delicious and the service impeccable!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great business and friend/family dining. Very seafood centric. Wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Fresh ingredients, reasonable sized portions, kitchen gets the food out with nice pacing. A tad on the expensive side but superior quality food. The chef really knows seafood and fresh fish. A bit noisy for business dining. You have to speak w/a loud voice when the dining room is bustling. Reservations are strongly recommended. If you appreciate and are attracted to the Mediterranean diet, enjoy fresh (not overly sauced) seafood and don't mind spending a little more for top ingredients and presentation, you will really enjoy this establishment. They also have outdoor dining in the nice weather months.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

At Avra the fish is always fresh, the service professional, and the ambiance good for talking. Though the prices are on the high side, the quality of food and service is always top rate. You "own" your table until you give it up and will never be rushed along. One could travel to Astoria for equally pleasant --and much more affordable-- Greek dining, but East 48th is certainly more convenient.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Better food than the Greek islands without the jet lag. Excellent on all dimensions. Top for fish. Great vibe.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Organic
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