Merakia

4.3
451 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Merakia, a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, and love, is a restaurant that celebrates this rustic style of cooking, known in Greece as a Psistaria, where meats are either grilled or cooked on a spit. Owners Andreas and Renee Typaldos, with their dedicated team, feature items that would make the starving armatoloi freedom fighters proud. Steaks will be well represented and served with Greek accompaniments, while lamb, goat, chicken and other meats and fish will be roasted on the spit with a selection of Greek inspired wines, appetizers, salads and desserts.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and staff was very courteous. Will return again soon!

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KimberlyG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful food and service! Made the whole evening very special.

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kbohnert
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Beautiful ambiance nestled in a central location - very accommodating management

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here!

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HelloR
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Would come again just for vibes. Not good value at all tho. The drinks are disappointing. The Rude cosmo tastes like a cheap bar margarita. I don’t mind overpaying for delicious food, but it’s less nice when it feels like the price is arbitrary because the quality is just good. Still it’s a beautiful place and the food was pretty good, just way overpriced for what it is. Yes paid for the ambiance IMO.

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vipFreeRangeFoundr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really loved the ambience, energy and the amazing & inventive greek dishes.

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StevenA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

With the weather 60 degrees outside it was very hot and stuffy in the backroom with the fireplace on. The ambiance is nice but puts you to sleep. There is a very strong floral fragrance hanging in the air that also may irritate those prone to allergies like myself.

As for the food, I expected more from $95 lamb from a Greek restaurant. The meat was bland, and badly needed the sauces that came with the pita. The meatball appetitizers were seasoned beautifully and more in line with my expectations.

There doesn't seem to be much ventilation throughout, so beware if you are high risk for contagions.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely space, romantic-looking & cozy. The bar area is very inviting, although smaller in person than expected. Food is good. The noise level however….difficult to hear one’s dining companion across the booth. Warm, caring service.

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KKickin
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two words. Lobster soup. I’m still dreaming about it two days later. Yanni was an amazing ambassador for the restaurant.

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vipPoupee
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. The staff was very pleasant, helpful and competent. An excellent find.

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HaisuZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The dish is little oily, except that everything is good

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viprbsnyc
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Pleasant but inattentive service. Order mixup. No recognition of either.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

They have to get their act together. Main dishes arrived prior to starters

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KellyB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was not outstanding but delicious! The dips, meatballs, lamb chops and greek salad were all great! Salads are HUGE and great for sharing. We ordered one of the specials, the 2lb lobster, which was $90 and honestly a very small amount of actual food, so that was disappointing and a terrible value. Only other complaint is that the service was pretty slow, it took forever to get drinks. The restaurant itself is really cute, fun and they clearly put in some effort to make it look like a mountain town restaurant which we loved!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The restaurant was empty. Food took forever. Was cold when it arrived. Sever was really nice. Not sure why it took for ever and was super expensive.

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vipTanya
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing dinner spot! They gave us amazing service! Food was excellent as well, loved the meatballs & dips!

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vipFriends27
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was extremely personable. Atmosphere was calming. Space is beautiful. We sat in back room. Ordered too much food but all good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The staff and management made the experience so personal!

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New2theFlat
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance. Lobster pasta was incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I was so excited to see this place was back open. The food and ambiance are great! Unfortunately the service, staff, and lack of accountability makes me not want to return. My partner and I didn’t receive our drinks (wine and a cocktail) for 45 min. When they did arrive, they were wrong. Then we were told that the bar didn’t have the proper garish for the cocktail (mind you, the garnish was just a lime) They brought out are sides 25min before bringing out our entrees, so they were completely cold when we wanted to eat our meal. No apologies from the management as they sat and dined with a group of friends next to us. I understand that this restaurant is just getting back up and running, but they need to really focus on training their staff to provide adequate service. I hate to give a bad review, but that was just an awful experience, and I hope they see this to make proper changes.

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vipKnoot
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was horrible. Extremely slow, with many mistakes. Wrong dishes and drinks brought out, forgotten drinks, wrong charges on the check.

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was their first night opening up again since the pandemic and the food was excellent. A couple things missing off of the menu but no big deal. By now all will be back up to full speed

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vipmarion
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

the service was not very friendly and the food was mediocre. very heavy.

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JackLumber
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was pretty good, ambiance was great, service was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was a little slow especially as it was the end of the night on a weekday. Food was great though and they were accommodating of dietary restrictions and allergies. Would definitely come back.

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AjBe
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great wine (Greek Merlot, great food, excellent decor. Awesome place to take a date! Would go again for sure.

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JesseR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is off the charts fresh and tasty, best tzaziki ( spell? ) I've ever had( greek yogurt w/ cucumber ), great greek sausage, terrific greek meatballs, forgettable grilled calamari ( but I don't care for that texture ) Tomahawk steak for 2 was delicious but not quite enough to fill us up. And for that price...it should! As a matter of fact - iy is marked market price on menu - so i asked what that price was and the answer i got was $3 per ounce...so unless you're adept at math on the fly - they leave you in the dark.The Greek yogurt dessert w/ berry compote was a fantastic dessert.
The server was impatient, each time I would look up from menu to ask a question - she had already walked away leaving me to my own devices.It felt like she was busy and couldn't be bothered w/ any questions...

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ILONAK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and experience. Staff was very accommodating and pleasant. Highly recommend it!

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ateitall
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service was very slow but friendly. The food was OK but the portions on the appetizers were small. The $62 rib eye was not worth it - I found it to be tough. The room was LOUD. It is a pretty place but not necessarily a go back to unless I was with a group.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was wonderful, and the food was delicious! We had such a good time.

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CharlesV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Merakia is a beautiful place to eat! The lights and overall setting is very nice. Perfect place for a semi romantic dinner. The food overall was very good, we had the Mediterranean salad and the pita with dip. Both were excellently done. My wife ordered the lamb chops which were perfectly done to her liking and everything tasted delicious! Now the bad part of the review, I ordered the $62, 20 ounce small bone in dry aged rib eye. Pricey yes but most rib eye is over priced now. I ordered it medium rare, the steak came out perfectly done. The problem is the meat was beyond dry aged to the point of cured. This usually happens when too much fat is removed prior to the aging process. The steak was barely edible, I did not complain and took it to go thinking maybe if reheat it with a tab of butter it will be good. Nope, barely edible still. Merakia, if your going to serve dry aged steak, learn how to dry age steak. Thank goodness I didn't convince my wife to order porterhouse for 2! We will return but I will stay clear of the steaks, the fish and roasted lamb looked amazing.

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vipAnnalieK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Magnificent decor, gorgeous space and such a cozy spot with the fireplace in the back room. Also great service.
This is modern interpretation of Greek food, but I found the flavor intensity a bit disappointing. Ordered the Grilled lamb chops - the meat was high quality but the seasoning bland and hardly noticeable. The tzatziki was so bland i couldn’t even detect a hint of garlic and lemon potatoes ( new baby potatoes) weren’t lemony.

If i wasn’t expecting the traditional Greek flavors i would probably have been perfectly happy- but I choose a Greek restaurant and menu items because I wanted Greek flavors.

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vipKnicks703
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The tzatziki and bread were super good, the octopus not so much, almost had a mushy feel to it. Meatballs were pretty tasty, the grilled calamari were just ok. Swordfish I regretted getting but I can’t say it was cooked wrong just didn’t settle well in my stomach. Perhaps I’m just not a big swordfish person.

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AnyutaNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Merakia for a girls night and had an awesome experience. Two friends came by early and had drinks at the bar and the rest of us joined them for delish cocktails. Our table was ready for us when we were ready. The food, service and ambiance are lovely. We'd totally be back and recommend the restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious good and loved the atmosphere!

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vipDisappointed
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. My only dig was the wait staff was a bit slow at the end of the meal otherwise it was perfect. Would. Absolutely go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I went to Merakia on Valentine’s Day and I was unfortunately very disappointed. I understand it was Valentine’s Day and they were busy but the service was subpar to say the very least. It took 20 minutes to get our drinks (1 cocktail and 1 glass of wine), our appetizers (4 assorted Mediterranean dips) came with 6 small pieces of pita bread and when we asked for more that was another 20 minute wait. We also got the octopus that was tasty but nothing to write home about. After waiting about 15 minutes. I then noticed I hadn’t seen our server since we got our drinks and people who were seated well after we arrived, were eating their entrees or even dessert. When I raised my concerns the first time I was told “it’s coming it’s coming”. We waited. Again, I raised my concerns and was told “it’ll be right out, don’t worry”. After waiting about an hour, I got up and spoke with a manager who did apologize profusely, and admitted that our order had probably gotten lost. Merakia did a good job at service recovery, sending us a free round of drinks and two glasses of wine. But then when the entrees finally did arrive, there was nothing to be wow’ed about. I got the branzino fillet and there were bones in it. My boyfriend got the lamb chops and requested them to be cooked medium, but was cooked more like medium well. The desserts were excellent, I will say that. All in all, the ambiance and location are great. But the food and the service make this place less than appealing. I personally would not recommend for those who love Greek food. A few blocks away is Periyali, which is much much much more desirable.

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ChristineD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was perfect! request to be seated near fireplace and they cam through. We felt a little pressed on time they were closing up turned off fireplace and pumped up the AC, so we can leave. It was somewhat rude especially for what your paying to eat there. That was a turn off!

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MeganS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I made this reservation for my fiancee's 30th birthday (& our engagement) and made comments including this within our reservation, however nothing was done special for us. Regardless of this, the ambiance, decor, lighting, etc were amazing and flawless. However, the service was very poor. The servers were not friendly, and rarely checked on us. It felt like we were not exactly wanted there. We thought the food was very expensive, especially for what was offered on the menu, however the steak we had was amazing. I knew going to this restaurant that it was a nice restaurant and would be pricey, however it was over-priced for wine (especially) and their options for food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night with friends. Nice ambience, amazing drinks. We got the tomahawk and a bunch of Greek sides. The dips are a must. Will definitely come back to this extremely fun place.

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Merakia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 380-1950 ext. 0.

Merakia is rated 4.3 stars by 451 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.

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