Elea

4.7
280 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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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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M
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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n
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

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

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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.

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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

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WB
New York Area
139 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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this beautiful restaurant on The Upper Westside! Not only is the food delicious every time, but that staff is so friendly and helpful! One of the best on The UWS!

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

Great food and great service! Hannah was helpful and attentive.

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Elea for an anniversary and am glad I did. The service was spectacular—welcoming from the moment we walked in to when we exited. The food and wine was delicious and presented well. Nice bright space. Very pleased.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful new restaurant.
The food is good like in Greece.
Excellent service.

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DR
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delight it was to eat at Elea. The food was delicious. The room was handsome. Most of all the staff made us feel so welcome. To a person, from the time we arrived until several hours later, as we lingered over our meal, everyone was gracious, helpful, welcoming and warm. The menu is classic Greek as interpreted in New York. Everything we ate (and drank) was really tasty. I look forward to returning.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants on the UWS. The food is so fresh, the service is terrific, and the vibe is great.

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

The salmon was over cook and for those prices is a no go ;(

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NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Avoid the basement or just avoid the whole place. Downstairs was agonizingly noisy; the open table adjective “energetic” doesn’t begin to describe the cacaphony. The food in no way justifies the level of discomfort.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really delicious and fantastic ambiance

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall excellent. Initially service was slightly inattentive, then excellent.

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IJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!! Truly Greek dishes, some that are traditional to Greece, but not seen in usual Greek restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
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
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
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 on June 21, 2019
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 on June 21, 2019
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
3 reviews
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
16 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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