Elea

4.7
314 reviews
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Greek
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.

Specials

Sunset Menu

$42 three course prix fixe dinner served every day from 5pm to 6:15pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 16, 2019

Ends: August 17, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:15PM

What 314 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation. table was not ready. we sat for full 10 minutes before receiving menu s, water or any interaction.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

Good food but poor and very slow service. Very noisy and poor ambience. Main dining room is in the basement with the subway rumbling by every few minutes. Very disappointing.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance

Q
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Elea is one of our local UWS restaurants to which we go back again and again - always superb, friendly staff, and our restaurant away from home.

RN
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We remember the Times saying a while back the neighborhood was a restaurant desert. Elea says it’s not. Classic Greek sort of bistro-style. Lunch is delicious and a ridiculous bargain. Go often and have everything. At dinner try the octopus appetizer, tuna, watermelon and feta salad, chocolate mousse cake so rich it should be shared, or go relatively healthy with excellent Greek yogurt and honey. We love this place. Nice atmosphere, great service, terrific food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Initially, they were going to seat us downstairs, where it was very dark, but after requesting a table upstairs they were accommodating. It was curious that they wanted to stick us downstairs when there was availability on the main dining room.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Delicious and A great addition to the neighborhood.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside, which lowered the noise level, but for the moment they don't have a liquor license for outdoors. That was fine for me, but maybe wouldn't be fine for others.

IR
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A surprise find. Varied food and drink options, lots of attentive service. Nice wine list. We were meeting old friends so it was important that we werent squished in the middle of strangers; the seating was comfortable, tables nicely spaced apart (which you never seem to get anymore). I think 4 people were serving us at any moment without being annoying. Nice experience. Nice to have another option on the UWS.

RN
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re really glad they opened this on the West Side. We needed it and it’s now on our list of favorites. Octopus salad, gazpacho, baked peppers, a terrific unusual version of a Cobb, yoghurt with walnuts — these are all excellent. Better than excellent, they’re original. This place is without question one of the best in the neighborhood but it’s even better than that. We’ll be back often for lunch and dinner.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I have eaten at the restaurant twice before and had found the food to be excellent both times. This meal was average and overpriced..The fish was cooked well . The dish was bland.
So- overall experience-disappointment.

DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Elea is a casual but slightly upscale Greek restaurant. I have eaten there three times and two if those times the staff has been friendly, professional and helpful. Much of the food is traditional but well prepared. The Tarmosalada and sashimi small plates were standouts. Grilled fish is simple but delicious. The atmosphere is nice but it can get very loud.

UW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Love having this fresh, delicious eatery in the neighborhood

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food, service and ambience were wonderful. It's a perfect go-to restaurant for evenings when the neighborhood favorites are not enough. Incidentally, I have had lunch there once and it was delightful.

MO
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Too noisy
Tables for two were very close together

PS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

lunch special is extraordinary quality/value. many choices, all good.

MB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise level in the restaurant is so loud you cannot speak or hear your guest. This was my second time and every customer was yelling at their table to be heard. Noise abatement needs to be considered. I live two blocks away and would go more often if it wasn’t so noisy that you cannot think

JN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there for me, but not the others at my table.
Exceptional food and service. Truly great.

Great chat with the manager, along with dessert wine on the house...

LK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic find! Loved it--the food, ambience, everything was wonderful!

AD
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Can I just say: we love Elea, in large part because the food is outstanding. We have been ~8 times, mostly for dinner, but this was our second brunch here. The dinner menu is terrific, and whether you make a meal out of the starters or order entrees, we have yet to find something we did not love. Brunch has been great, too, with delicious eggs Benedict or shakshuka, and a nice drinks menu, too, if you're in that kind of mood. (Who can turn down a good Negroni?)

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was decent, but not excellent enough as to justify such an expensive meal. The service was extremely slow to the point where it was almost comical. We will not return.

l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very good! Had oysters, Greek salad, zucchini cakes & lamb chops. The service is terrific. It’s on the higher end in price, but a great addition to the upper west side. We will definitely return.

n
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal-Octopus particularly good, as was the grilled fish.
Service very nice even when busy.noisy as evening goes on-come early if you want a quiet conversation.

WV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great addition to the UWS! I will definitely be back.

B
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good. Service was very slow. Lightning became very dark. Very difficult to actually see the food. Not pleasant

NY
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding – a few options for whole, grilled fish, zucchini fritters are spectacular - a must order!
Prices are fair for the quality, but the wine by the glass is overly expensive ($17 or $18). Upstairs is light and pretty, but it's really a bar area with a few tables. Most tables are downstairs which is nicely designed.

HG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, clearly good quality, great flavors and the serves and attention is top shelve

RG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s my fav restaurant on the uws!

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We basically had no server until dessert and the check. We had to ask busser for menus. Flag down a manager for service and attention after 15 of no one coming to our table. The food is good but every time we try Elea we have a bad service experience. It's a shame!

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! You can't go wrong here!

WS
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been enjoying the $25 three course lunch - great food - interesting choices - attractive surroundings - amazing value.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Silva I makes the best cocktails and sangria ! Wow ! Shrimp salad and seared salmon and branzino delicious ! Great service ! Beautiful room. So glad they open at 11;30 for lunch!

WS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this neighborhood place. Food is wonderful. Service has greatly improved since opening. Please…can they do something about the noise in the lower level. I found myself screaming during conversation in between bites. Next time I'll try main level.

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and general experience really good. But, though I had reserved a table, I wasnt shown to it until the other person in my party arrived. That seems to be their policy--that's something I resent when I have a reserved table. Standing around in the crowded entrance was not a great way to start the evening.

M
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Masha is perfection. Anticipatory, professional and doesn’t miss a thing. Upstairs is too noisy downstairs is great.

n
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we had was delicious,beginning with the large glasses of proseco. A friend and i shared a romaine salad,the zucchini and eggplant chips and the cod..all were well prepared ,fresh,and tasty.
The service and ambiance at Elea are so nice and friendly.
Restaurant is a welcome addition to the west side neighborhood-excellent and many choices.
We will return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Waiter was very absent minded and forgot to put half our dishes in the system.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was slow and little confused. Good food. Prices a little expensive...
No options for kids.
Noise and little dark.

BR
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting, service extremely good, salads very fresh and well presented...appetizers especially good. Highly recommend for everyday dining

WB
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Elea and eat here all the time. The main reason is the customer service. They have a great staff from top to bottom and consistanly serve up a terrific dining experience every time.

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