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Elea

4.7
562 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 562 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Love the music on the weekends, heat lamps kept me toasty, and the food was very good! My issue was with the drinks. I had a sangria that was beyond sweet and a Bloody Mary that did not taste great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is super fresh and staff very friendly. Great atmosphere.

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vipSnowy
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Much better for dinner ( much) than for Sunday brunch

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Alippolito
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible and the brunch menu was perfectly priced. Unfortunately, when we sat down for our reservation at 2:45, the wait staff was less than accommodating and we had to push to have brunch, even though they allowed reservations at that time and they gave us the brunch menu when we sat down. The food and atmosphere was amazing, but they weren't clear on what they offered.

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vipCarolG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elea has excellent food. The service is friendly and efficient. The outside seating is attractive and well spaced. It’s expensive but worth it. Really a neighborhood gem. We had live music at lunch which was delightful.

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JeffreyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Proper social distancing inside with the plexiglass barriers. If you are dining outside you might be closer to other guests than you prefer, however there are still barriers keeping you safe.

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vipFlaca7
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was outstanding in helping with selections and friendliness of staff.

The grilled octopus was out of this world.

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vipAndrewH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were ignored for 20 minutes after seating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great, and the restaurant is lovely with a nice ambience. The food is ok, but not really worth the price point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience2

They were pushing their limits regarding covid-19 regulations. Tables too close together and the restaurant packed inside and outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for outdoors and waited a half and hour. Not good. Restaurant needs to honor reservations in a timely fashion

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LaurieB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was just good. $36 for grilled fish (no sides)! Additional 10 for a side of spinach. Service was not very good. They brought out 2 of our cocktails and forgot about the other 2 until we asked.

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Gillian
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, service was great, outside dining was warm and separated by dividers.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing and wonderful! I highly recommend and I will definitely be back soon!

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vipherjak
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful restaurant doing its best and beyond in these difficult times

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viparctk2011tj
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The seating felt like they were pushing the limits of COVID-19 protocol/seating a little TOO tightly - not every table had plexi barriers between them when they should have being less than 6ft apart.

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vipSophiaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Eléa since the Covid shutdown. A friend and I were celebrating our birthdays. The staff were so warmly welcoming! Eléa has brought the elegance of the interior to the outside sidewalk, which was filled to capacity; a few indoor tables were filled as well. The food was wonderful, as always. Thank you, Eléa, for an exquisite dining experience during this challenging time.

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vipmck25
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

love Elea! Thank you for the heat warmers this past Saturday night!

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DimitraK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our experience at Elea was not good overall. The food was too salty and uninteresting. I had a schrimp orzo and my husband the veg moussaka., Definitely not authentic Greek (I should know as I was born and raised in Greece). The spreads were not freshly made and what they called “tyrokafteri” was not what one would have in Greece. The favs was tasteless. In terms of service, we asked for extra pita bread three times and ended up never getting it. In terms of space, the tables are too close to one another. There was barely any space to sit comfortably and definitely not 6 feet away from other tables. I would not go back to this restaurant.

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vipTommyD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dishes, fun wine list, wonderful ambiance with its terrace pouring into the streetside, well shielded from the traffic. Love it, my new go-to in the UWS.

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viplinda
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and social distinction outside

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious authentic Greek food! We were working our way through a bunch of appetizers, since they all looked really tasty, and got stuffed! The staff gave amazing service for our anniversary date. Thank you! We will definitely be back for the rest of the menu in the near future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor setup with heating lamps as it cooled down. Great cocktail menu. Reasonably priced, delicious apps and entrees. Loved the baklava.

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vipJoanS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lovely ambience!

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vipMimi
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great addition to UWS dining. Quite a lot of tables for outdoor dining; not all 6-ft apart. Very busy when we went for dinner over the Labour Day long weekend. The seating experience could be improved. We were a party of three and got squeezed onto a table for two. There was not a lot table space for our food.

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JennaE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I came here for dinner with a friend on a Friday night. We has reservations and were seated shortly thereafter. The service was prompt and hostess and waitress were friendly. I ordered the salmon which was cooked to perfection. It came with mash potatoes that had a smokey BBQ flavor. The consistency was nice however, the flavor wasnt my favorite given the salmon. My friend has the ribs with the orzo. The rib was great but the orzo was drenched in sauce and cheese. The dishes would have worked better alone, as the flavors were separately good but somewhat clashed.

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vipUWSer
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our night at Elea almost made us forget the trying times. The food and service are as great as always. We will be back soon.

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vipSnowy
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The nicest people, best food on UWS.
Maybe have a wider wine selection?
No matter - I will return!

WB
vipWillardB
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating in a restaurant since mid March and ELEA was the perfect choice! It was great to be back there again with such lovely food, service and staff.

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cgdines
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

In this Covid 19 era, they have made a great effort to distance partrons and are conscientious about cleanliness - serving utensils in wrapped cellophane (other than the table settings which re pre-wrapped in cloth napkins. Yet they are able to do it with such panache creating a very inviting outdoor space to dine. Did I mention the food is delicious.

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Rarafitness
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Went here for brunch on Saturday. They had love music and food was awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lovely birthday celebration...

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome people and great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Great outdoor space

TG
vipTGCcc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic. Great hospitality! We’ll be back.

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vipmck25
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing dining experience. Our favorite restaurant. They really were very good with the sanitation and social distancing! Can't wait to go back!

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vipShannon
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing modern Greek food with delicious cocktails and wine/beer selection. A must try!

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vipJonathanF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and amazing live music

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vipdvdjqt
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Delicious, innovative Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful outdoor setting (given the current circumstances). Service was a little disorganized, but the wait staff was super friendly.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Elea using the Order Online button. Elea also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 369-9800.

Elea is rated 4.7 stars by 562 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.