Kefi

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$30 and under
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Greek
At Kefi, diners can enjoy lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and neighborhood delivery and remove themselves from the bustle of Columbus Avenue into the relaxed, casual oasis of a rustic Greek tavern with cuisine by celebrated Chef Michael Psilakis.

Set across two levels, the ground floor houses the main dining room while the subterranean level is made up of two enclosed rooms, perfect for private dining and events. Kefi’s spacious bar area serves an extensive Greek wine list, specialty cocktails, ouzo shots and a full menu of meze, appetizers and entrees along with Happy Hour food & drink specials 5pm - close Mon-Fri and 3pm - close Sat & Sun.

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New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here before and the service and meal made it a good decision to return. My entree was a hanger steak, perfectly cooked. The Kefi salad was one to order again. Definitely a place to return to.

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

The "new" Kefi is a fabulous place! Beautiful, cozy, warm...you feel like you've been transported to a quaint little place in Greece. The food was OUTSTANDING...I am still dreaming about the fried artichokes (an appetizer special last Saturday night)...Kefi salad was delicious and big enough to split, organic chicken with lemon and garlic and hangar steak entrees were also just perfect. We had wine by the glass...for $14, it is a generous size, which I really appreciate (can't stand when they pour half an inch!). Dessert was great, as well. We had a wonderful server...wish I knew her name...but all the service people from the water boys to the host were attentive and gracious. For the quality food, beautiful atmosphere, great service and prices, this place is a tremendous value. I can't wait to go back again and again...thank you Kefi!!!!!

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

Pleasant good food- uneven heat- often cold
Nice service

B
Portland
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, a little cramped. Very noisy. Attentive and friendly staff.

c
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

i thought for the value, it was way overpriced. The eggplant appetizer was $15, and ive had way better. Im sorry, i really wanted to like it.

RP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the second time I had been there and it did not disappoint. We had my friends 2 children who like us were delighted with their menu choices and were particularly find of our waiter.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food. Very inappropriate waiter. Would return.

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and efficient service. Nice décor, noise level between quiet and moderate. I selected moderate because the tables adjacent to ours were empty; it might be a bit louder if the restaurant were full. Grilled octopus was fantastic. Melitzanosalata was good, though not the very best I've had. I would definitely dine at Kefi again.

g
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about brunch at Kefi. The egg dishes, especially the shakshuka, were excellent, and the ricotta pancakes were amazing. They were covered with flaked halvah that partially melts into the pancake, which adds a different, sweet, nutty flavor -- so good! Service was friendly and warm, which is always appreciated. Will definitely return.

HH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Greek of the Upper West Side!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food excellent! Service really really poor.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed Kefi! The service was excellent. Attentive from start to finish but in no way were they hanging over us or intrusive. The food was also excellent. Crispy artichoke hearts, grilled octopus, shrimp and orzo and salmon over spinach were all flavorful and came out hot (lukewarm food ... big pet peeve of mine). The interior was nice for the price point. Huge and pretty bar that was quite inviting but we opted to sit at a table. Overall we enjoyed ourselves very much and I would certainly recommend Kefi to someone looking for a well run restaurant. Bottom line they met or exceeded expectations at this price point. Nicely done Kefi!

CH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your menu and food have always remained consistently great! Brought friends there this week who equally impressed! Been there at least 5 times---I'm from San Francisco

RD
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend the mussels and gigantes starter - it was incredible! Great service and generous portions, you could probably share a starter between two people.

m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual Kefi provided a relaxed environment with excellent fish and good service - a neighborhood treasure!

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meals. Gracious staff.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great for lunch with friends.

e
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food and the service. We will return and mentioned it to friends.

FF
London
102 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Of course a neighborhood place...
a bit on the expensive side for everyday dinner
Food quality is very good
Service should be better for those prices
I liked it

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Kefi
Food and drinks were outstanding
Hope to return

RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for lunch and were enormously impressed! Bravo!

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family dined at Kefi for a birthday this week and had a terrific experience. We had been regular visitors of the restaurant at its old location on Columbus Ave., but hadn't tried the new location. The food was just as good as (if not better than) we remembered. We particularly enjoyed the meatball appetizer and the branzino (some of us had the entree and others the whole fish). The service was also excellent-- they were friendly and attentive, but did not rush us. I'd read reviews that the restaurant was loud. It's not a quiet restaurant, but we were able to hear each other fine across the table. In sum, I'd highly recommend Kefi!

N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Uninspiring. What happened to you Kefi? You used to be a destination. Now, uninspiring.

I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great birthday dinner for my bf here. Loved that they offered to seat us right away even though our whole party hasn’t arrived yet. Delicious food, good wine, nice ambience, could comfortably have a conversation. Thanks Kefi!

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusually good. My guests were very satisfied

WF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible food! Everything is tasty and the service is very friendly and attentive.
Can't wait to go back for another meal. Highly recommend

u
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was slow (presumably the issue in the kitchen rather than with the servers) but very pleasant and willing.
Food was excellent!

S
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch at this restaurant recently and the food,service,decor and ambiance was outstanding.
Kefi is a medium size place which is an excellent spot for lunch or dinner,would highly recommend Kefi.

LD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, a little pricey. I have and will continue to come back and recommend others eat at Kefi!!

SD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to this restaurant. Food and service are outstanding! I look forward to returning in the future.

RO
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

still excellent but it seems to be more expensive than I remember. great greek food in a cool convenient location

d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was amazing back on amsterdam the old location but now options are limited w appetizers and not your traditional Greek place. Wasn’t happy w food but service was top notch!

UW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kefi is a wonderful -- one of my go-tos in the neighborhood. The food is delicious (I'm a particular fan of the meatballs that don't have sauce, the tomato and feta salad, and the yogurt desert). The service is delightful -- helpful, quick and unobtrusive. I usually get there for an early dinner (around 6:30pm) when the restaurant is less crowded and quieter. Everyone I've taken there loves the place as much as I do.

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

As always - true Greek food prepared and served by an excellent staff

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

Well, to be honest, I enjoyed my meal while eating it and they have a nice menu. However within about 10 minutes of arriving home I had terrible discomfort and needed to use the bathroom pretty urgently. I never like it when I am so sick that I feel I need to run to the toilet. That is, unfortunately, how I felt after eating at Kefi this week. Too bad - I actually like the place. Now, not so sure....

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Yes, the food was delicious and the service was nice as well.

J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Jammed packed restaurant...preferred previous Columbus Ave location which had a different vibe that this location.
Food good, apps arrive very quickly, entree takes 30-40 mins...

DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Still a decent restaurant, but their old space was much nicer.

GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Intimate space with ample room in the dining room as well as at the bar. Delicious appetizers as meze dining is easy to do with tasty spreads, salads, and lighter fare.

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