Elea

4.6
262 reviews
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We are bringing "True Greek" to the Upper West Side. At eléa, we only use the finest quality ingredients (Grade 1 Yellow Fin Tuna, Loche Duarte Scottish Salmon) to create traditional "True Greek" fare. Now Open, on the heels of the successful summer opening of Kyma Flatiron, sister restaurant eléa on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. With an open split-level design punctuated with traditional Grecian pottery and décor, eléa will transport guests to a romantic island vacation while also evoking an intimate, softly lit aesthetic perfectly suited for the uptown neighborhood. Meaning “olive” in ancient Greek, eléa offers guests a menu of soulful and modern Greek dishes that encompass flavors across the region’s many islands and terrains.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Date night with the wife. We loved the sister restaurant Kima and we loved Elea. Delicious straightforward Greek food and a great wine and cocktail list.

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BI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great but they make you place your order for your entire meal and then it wasn’t spaced out nicely. Felt very rushed for the amount of money you’re paying to eat there. Cocktails were also very pricey!

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LA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food excellent; staff very attentive. Lower level main dining area could be brighter

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, staff and ambiance were excellent. Great value.

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U
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten at Elea several times but this was the first prix-fixe lunch. It was excellent. Fresh romaine salad was flawless. I had the Cobb salad as a main and it was equally good. Highly recommend.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and good quality dishes.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elea was amazing as always. Great food. Great service. Our favorite neighborhood spot.

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that this place has come to the UWS. We desperately needed it. It is my new go to restaurant for a night out.

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m
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been there twice. Love it will be back. They are very accommodating to make you happy and I tried different things each time. And just love love it there

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service exceptional
The Tsipoura broiled fish was perfectly prepared
Would also recommend the Pikilia spreads
Our dinner partner, eating at Elea for the first time pronounced the meal one the best he’d ever had

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, the service was outstanding. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and very passionate when explaining the food items on the menu. It was refreshing to see someone so enthusiastic about what she was offering.

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U
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Elea is a welcome addition to the UWS restaurant scene. Reliable, tasty and with nice ambience, Elea is good for groups, families (there is a downstairs for larger parties), and romantic dates (upstairs). There is also a lovely bar for a quick drink. Highly recommended for both lunch and dinner.

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S
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, excellent food and good service. We will come back.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative dishes, authentically Greek, well-conceived and equally well-executed. The cauliflower appetizer was spectacular, the whole roasted fish flapping fresh and perfectly prepared. Service was attentive and the ambiance lovely - like being on Santorini. The manager came by to inquire about our experience with obvious interest and sincerity, that's kund of attention is what ensures quality. Even the sommelier, though young, was knowledgeable beyond her years, and gave a highly accurate description of the bottle we decided on. Among the best values for Greek in NYC

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a
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A very positive experience on an early Saturday evening, starting with our charming server, George. Highlights included the grilled octopus, mushroom pastitsio, grilled lavraki (a whole fish deboned, butterflied, and dressed with olive oil, lemon, and a few capers), and milopita, an apple tart with a custard filling, Coupled with a novel bottle of Assyrtiko from Santorini, the dinner was very satisfying.

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W
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this special restaurant. Tucked on a side street on the UWS we consider it to be one if the finest restaurant in the area. If not just the ambiance, attentive service and always on site active owners, then the sheer quality of the food is beyond compare.
The black sea bass was prepared the other night in the best possible way, so much so that my wife commented as we left, now that's the way a fish should be prepared!

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good food and ambiance. The server was very sweet but seemed to forget that we had time constraints. The timing of the food was bad and we we had to ask another server to find her to get our check. However this would certainly not stop us from returning.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elea is a great addition to the neighborhood. Beautiful design, excellent staff, delicious Greek food, wonderful to have nearby.

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, noisy, great service. Very friendly and hospitable

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Friendly accommodating staff and servers. Great hit with everyone I bring!

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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very attentive staff, relaxed atmosphere and great food

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JM
New York Area
295 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Excellent food but it took 40 minutes for it to arrive in a half empty dining room. The management did comp us for that. Waiters were friendly but seem undermanned for a very large space. And if rices are quite high for delicious but fairly simple dishes.

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DA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When I made the reservation I requested not to be put near the waiters station. So they seated us at a table that had an opaque partition behind us. Did not realize that the waiters station was behind us as it was quiet in the restaurant with only a few diners when we arrived. In the middle of our dinner there was a lot of clanging etc. When I looked over the partition, there was the waiters station/right behind us. When I confirmed the reservation I reiterated my request and they acknowledged it. When we arrived 80% of the tables were empty and they could have sat us elsewhere. That was disappointing and ruined the second half of our dinner.

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Monaco
39 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was cErtainly OK, but a little uneven. The Greek names for much of the food are quite inaccurate, and do not resemble the actual Greek dishes. That led to some confusion (most of us knew Greece well, and had lived there; one was born and raised there). That said, though, we did enjoy being there.

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C
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious & the service excellent. However, we were seated downstairs for dinner & the noise level was high. Very difficult to have a conversation. We have dined upstairs before where it was much less of a problem.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The acoustics are really difficult and should be addressed. I’d like to come regularly with friends, colleagues and family, but it’s difficult to hear the conversation (and I’m in my 40s with no hearing issues).

Otherwise a wonderful dining experience!

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course was terrific. We ask the sommelier to recommend a wine to go with what we ordered. The recommendation was the house wine. When has that ever happened.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food is good. Staff tries. But the noise level is intolerable

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I’ve eaten upstairs and downstairs and the service was consistent in both locations (downstairs isn’t an afterthought which is refreshing). I wish they had outdoor seating or could open the sidewalk side windows but it’s a wish, not a need. This is a great addition to the neighborhood.

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is wonderful. As ith most NYC dining places noise level is a bit high

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OT
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, service and ambiance was all very good to excellent. Welcome addition to the UWS. BUT, the noise level is deafening - not the music, just the acoustics. I could not recommend Elea to anyone who is sensitive to noise level. A shame for us (mid-50's age group) as we otherwise would have loved it.

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HS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and the room is very attractive but the noise level is almost unbearable. Maybe they can fix that because everything else is great.

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BT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Elea is truly a welcomed restaurant on the Upper West Side and it has been getting really busy... Good for them as they do a wonderful job overall. Gets busy early and if you expect to have fish... go early. By whole fish is gone. We did manage to have the whole red snapper twice and absolutley delicious. Another dish we love is the octopus...but really every dish we have tried was worth going back to Elea. Nice wine list but I seem to go to a reliable rose, Whispering Angel. We love the place, food, service and wine list and we'll be back soon.

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UW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This is a new gem but the service is way too slow which can easily be improved.

The best muscles I have ever had!!

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E
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service (outstanding waiter, Borshe) have been consistently excellent at Elea. It is always crowded, but the noise level is not overwhelming. It is a neighborhood restaurant, but one of the city's best!!! Octopus and tuna crudo are fantastic.

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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great staff.enjoy every experience we have had.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is so nice to have a good, upscale Greek restaurant in the neighborhood. I think that that’s the general opinion because by 7:30 the place was full.
The service was very good, although at times it felt a little rushed, with removal of plates earlier than needed.
Our cocktails were perfect.
Every one we came in contact with was friendly and professional. Our waitress, Hannah, was very attentive and charming.
We will definitely be back.

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n
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance of Elea is attractive.
A large restaurant, it was fairly quiet and comfortable when we arrived at 6, but by 8 oclock had become crowded and very noisy.I would try lunch for conversation-
The food was good-not exciting, but fresh and tasty. There are a lot of different fish dishes offered.
The servers very helpful,accommodating and fast.

This restaurant seems a good addition to our upper west side neighborhood, and i will return and try more of the dishes.

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UW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Both the menu and the food were reminiscent of Milos, which is not surprising since the chef had worked there, at a somewhat better price. The zucchini tower and the cauliflower fritters were excellent and the whole snapper, which three of us split, was cooked to perfection. However, it seemed like the person who was assigned to filet the fish had never actually done this before - several bones were left in and the presentation left much to be desired.

When we arrived around 8:15, the downstairs room was quite busy and very noisy. Fortunately, several people finished their meals and it quieted down enough for us to actually hear each other without shouting. Service was adequate and water glasses were kept filled, but it could have been more attentive; for example, we had to ask that the fourth place setting be removed. Overall, we had a very good meal and a pleasant evening at Elea.

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