Elea

4.7
710 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.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipdavidg
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service great, as usual; excellent wine recommendation. Only negative, Elea ran out of the main course I was going to order....

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was a bit slow. The tables are so close together I could hear every word of the overbearing guy at the next table trying to impress his date. At these prices, there should be more privacy. Also, they do not check vaccination status at the door, which made me very uncomfortable.

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vipCgold212
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is beyond especially the short ribs!

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japan
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal with excellent service at Elea.

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vipcfood
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My husband and I have tried Elea twice, and really wanted to like it but the food is just not good. We Weill not be going back. Staff is terrific, atmosphere inside is nice, but the food was very disappointing.

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Ivana
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food arrived super fast, was fresh and absolutely delicious! Please try the variety of delicious dips

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, comfortable setting, attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food ambiance and service!

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susanb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Greek food. very kind service. Pleasant decor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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RachelS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great greek restaurant on the UWS! Would definitely go back.

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Davi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere, will go there again!

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Paleolith
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If a restaurant has a good kitchen it doesn't matter what you order. If not you will be disappointed no matter what you order.

Eléa has a good kitchen.

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vipLapdog1
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Very nice front desk. Service was ok but not special and certainly in a hurry to keep the flow moving. Probably too large to manage with current staff and space. A NYC problem - but why only 2 toilets in 2 restrooms (total) for the whole operation? Also, restrooms are off the kitchen creating a problem for waiters passing through the lines of customers waiting. Get the diners in and get them out is the message sent on Saturday night. It is not a Greek diner so this is not ok. That said, I saw families with amazing birthday desserts who looked content.

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vipJustFolks
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Much better than most other places in the neighborhood, and surprisingly reasonable in pricing.

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viptravelingman47
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elea is for this long time UWS diner, the best find in our neighborhood in a long time. It has everything going for it not the least of which is the proximity to my apartment.

The ceilings are high, the space roomy, the waiters professional and not overbearing or pushy or cute or recommending the highest priced items on the menu. And the bartender original in his concoctions and the space inviting for dining at the bar.

Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible as always! Definitely the best Greek/Mediterranean restaurant in NYC

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants we have had the pleasure of dining in on the Upper West Side. Food, service and atmosphere were excellent!

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vipAimee
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Great service. Always a wonderful experience!

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RFUWS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elea is a wonderful restaurant with delicious food, great bartending, and a warm ambience. What takes Elea to the next level, though, is the staff. The hosts, waitstaff, bartenders and management team are gracious, present, and truly understand what "hospitality" means. And, yes, I said management team. Unlike most "neighborhood" restaurants, Elea has multiple managers on each shift who ensure that everything is running smoothly. They pitch in when needed, but generally just guide their team while they check on guests. I've lived on the Upper Westside my whole life, and we've never had a place this good. We love it.

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anonymu3
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Dined downstairs for the first time. It was crowded and airless and we felt unsafe and uncomfortable even given the vaccine mandate. Elea is great, but seems shortstaffed and overstretched running both indoor dining rooms at full capacity or more plus the two outdoor dining areas. While we understand the pressures restaurants and staff are under at this time, our order was incomplete, the food was not quite what it usually is, and, most importantly, being packed six inched from the next table in a poorly ventilated table is just not something we're willing to do now, although the vaccine mandate lowers the risk we are just not ready for that.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING was fantastic. I can’t wait to go back!

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vipLayne
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food
Beautiful restaurant
Service took a while to get going

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UWSider
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and food at Elea.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eléa began with an amazing ambiance on a Saturday night in New York City. The seating areas are dimly lit, accompanied by candle light, but warmed and brightened by the energy of the full tables. Great for group gatherings, date nights, or intimate get-togethers. For someone who usually doesn’t go for a martini, the Kymatini was one of the best cocktails I have had (if you like a little cucumber). The Mykonos Mule was also fabulous. They were sadly out of the Santorini Spritz when we went. We started with the selection of three dips (some of the best tzatiki and spicy red pepper hummus I have ever had) and warm pita, but the taramasalata dip was what was absolutely unreal. It is a must try. The service was attentive and the manager was always making rounds. We originally were served and incorrect dip and were brought the proper one right away. The octopus (cooked to perfection), tsipoura fish, and short rib meals were all some of the best my friends and I have had in this city. It was overall not as expensive as i thought it would be and would definitely recommend to any foodies looking to venture out!

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MaxNY
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This is an exceptional Greek restaurant. Familiar Greek dishes are better tasting than you've had before. Seafood is beautifully cooked, a difficult thing to do on a busy Saturday night. The baclava is the best I've tasted, not oversweet and intensely flavorful.

It's larger than it looks. The main dining room is very loud and makes it hard to hear. The downstairs dining is much quieter. Outside is fine if it's not raining. Service is very good. There is a reason it is always busy.

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AdamA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a non-meat eating party we found many options on the menu. Fish was very fresh service was great and the prices very good. Did not expect this quality in the upper west side. Very excited, this is our new spot.

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vipPalherz
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic Greek restaurant with delicious food, attentive service and a great vibe, We ate outdoors and had a lovely meal. Thank you Elea!

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LindsayN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing and so was the service. We sat outside and the seating was great and we were well taken care of.

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CeciliaL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful innovative Greek cuisine! Service was very attentive to two of our guests’ dietary concerns !!

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vipMomofZoedog
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time for us and you did NOT disappoint. It was great! We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to Elea for years and am always amazed at the quality of the food, and the care that the management provides with for the customers, even on very busy nights. One of my favorite restaurants on the UWS!

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vipMeganM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Our waiter was so attentive and we were not rushed at all! The octopus was the best I have ever had.

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vipErikaM
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful ambiance, food, service and entire evening!

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vipGinger
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Indoors eating very satisfactory.

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vipRonnie
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. The outdoor space was really nice, and the staff were super nice. I was just there this week, and already planning to return next week.

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vipElizabethD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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Will
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Most of the food was pretty good, but it certainly didn’t wow. Skip the octopus

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RoyZ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Very expensive food for basic dishes and poor service

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vipToby
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. Bartender was only interested in clearing the dishes, food was not hot, fish was meager, drunk older man at the bar, terrible atmosphere.

FAQs

Elea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 369-9800.

Elea is rated 4.7 stars by 710 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.