Kefi

4.4
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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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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4.1
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Had high expectations going in and was disappointed but could have been an off night.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately I was disappointed this time. While the main course was okay, the dessert, Bougatsa was really terrible. It was served cold and tasted like it had been around for a few days. The filling was a big hard lump of custard. Expected more from this restaurant. Shame because last time I went (at its old location which was much nicer), it was really good.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Used to like this place a bit more at old location. New location is louder and tighter. Service adequate. Lamb shank and crab cakes were excellent. Calamari just ok. Drink just ok.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and the food was delicious. Everything came out punctually and wonderfully hot.

S
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Third time visiting Kefi. We love the new location and the food is just as good. Although the portions seem to have increased and that makes enjoying all that Kefi has to offer more difficult! We loved the knowledgeable waitstaff and love people watching there. Try the octopus and the lamb shank although everything is good. I dream about that octopus!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambiance and service!

S
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

had not been to Kefi's since it moved back to its original digs, downstairs at West 79th. Used to ber a bit pricey for Greek food, but good and lively. Not anymore!

AB
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food at Kefi is good, not great. Noise level is high. Why don't you do something to reduce that??
Service is erratic and frequently disappointing as was the case this recent time.

BS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here, we shared 4 "Meze" and I loved three of them. Our service was great and the atmosphere was comfortable and quiet enough to talk! Will return.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had gluten free and vegan diet issues in our party and the waiter was terrific and the food was totally yummy!

RY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening would recommend to friend. Love,the food.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizer of hummus, tzatziki, and eggplant was generous and well-prepared, although a bit pricey at $20. For that price, I would have hoped they would provide extra pita at no additional cost. Lambchops and bronzino were both delicious. Tender, cooked well, and seasoned perfectly. Our server was patient, warm, and helpful. Restaurant was full on a Saturday night, but noise level was such that we could have a conversation. All in all, a wonderful meal and I would definitely return.

BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I find the food at Kefi consistently tasty, fresh, and interesting. They are also willing to modify sides as needed to accommodate special dietary needs, which I really appreciate.

RW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid food. Reasonable price. Excellent service. Read some bad reviews before - was a little skeptical as a result. Restaurant exceeded my expectations in every way.

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Kefi was terrible. The server was rude and incompetent. The noise level was so awful that we went elsewhere for dessert.

Food mediocre at best and very greasy.... we will not be back.

PG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always love it. This time, however, Michael's burger was dry.

BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

While the service was good the food was not. I would not go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Like this local place but two of the three of us asked to have our chicken well cooked. Neither meal came that way. And the noice level was way to high.
I’ll go back but not with more than one person.
Very hard to hear.

m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Should have known from the enlarged menu outside the entrance that it will it be pseudo touristy and not very good. Cramped, loud, stuffy (the air). Way overpriced considering the meager portions and barely adequate quality. Hard to believe this restaurant is run by the MP Tavernac crew.

R
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a great neighborhood place. Lamb chops were delicious, vegetables were cooked properly (just the right amount). Only complaint is that the A/C kicked on about halfway through dinner and blew right on our heads. It was a cool fall day. Several table in our area asked the waiter to turn it down; he said he did but we were chilly for the rest of the meal.

UC
San Francisco
184 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A nice, out of the way place, stretching back under a building on W. 79th, where one can find lots of authentic traditional Greek dishes, among other, more modern fare. The appetizer trio of hummus, roasted eggplant, and yogurt with cucumber was delicious, and the best part of the meal. We could have just ordered more of that and filled up to our heart's content. Fried calamari, garbanzos and cauliflower was overly breaded and greasy, and one couldn't taste the difference between them. Main courses were decent, and we were too filled for dessert.

BW
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Calm ambiance and delicious entrees. Good for conversations. Knowledgeable staff. Neighborhood gem.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Great disappointment. Noise level and crowing of tables were highly problematic. Server under too much pressure and spread too thin. Of major dishes, one was very good and the other borderline acceptable—overlooked and tired ingredients

S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Pleasant good food- uneven heat- often cold
Nice service

B
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

c
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Great food. Very inappropriate waiter. Would return.

CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
186 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Greek of the Upper West Side!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food excellent! Service really really poor.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
29 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals. Gracious staff.

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great for lunch with friends.