Merakia (FKA Kat and Theo)

4.2
314 reviews
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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 a menu designed by Tassos Ballas -- coming from Greece -- will feature items that would make the starvin 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.

Specials

Sunset Happy Hour

Not only beers and wines but exotic Greek cocktails sure to go down easy! $6 - $9. Yia sou and cheers!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 11, 2019

Ends: April 12, 2118

Availability: Sun-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Tue 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:30PM

What 314 People Are Saying
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great! There’s actual Greeks in the restaurant which makes all the difference! Delicious food !

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R
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, vibe, and service. Would recommend and visit again

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SZ
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Let me start by saying that I typically do not write bad reviews upon visiting a restaurant one time, I do understand that no restaurant is perfect and it is difficult to cater to all clients taste and expectations but this place is a complete mess and this is an understatement!
We reserved a table for Wednesday night which is considered a “slow night” and indeed the place was nearly empty, one waitress looked after a few tables in the back room which had nice decor and atmosphere.
We ordered a hot appetizer, three dips and two main courses consisting of a whole fish and a vegetable lasagna.
The dips arrived... we ordered an array of three dips received two of the selections in a very small size plate. We asked for our additional dip and it showed up nearly fifteen minutes later with an apology from our waitress. Why? She could not explain.
The hot appetizer arrives, we ate it, they picked up the empty plate and they serve the same appetizer again! We told our server that we already received this portion of the meal she apologized and said it belonged to another table. I remind you the place is nearly empty and one can imagine what goes on here on a busy Saturday night.
On to the main course... the fish was stale and tasteless, our lasagna was made up of layered of vegetables that were still frozen! Come on guys, really? You serve a dish that was made up of frozen ingredients and not completely prepared? Considering that the price you charge one would expect at the very least a hot fully cooked dish.

The bill arrives and we find that they overcharge for the dips... we paid the bill, visited the bathroom before heading out only to find a filthy bathroom that has not been maintained throughout the evening.

Dear owner, your management, staff and the way your establishment operates is terrible! It’s a shame because the restaurant is located in a great neighborhood and you spent a lot of resources to design and build a beautiful space. It will not last in New York, we

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in due to a Time Out Table for Two card. Wasn't sure how great the food would be but my friend and I were impressed and very satisfied. We both agreed we are absolutely coming back and have spread the word to other friends as well. Ambiance is lush and chill and cool and the food was delicious- free range no antibiotic steak and lamb is a plus plus plus !

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful decor and nice atmosphere (which is was initially made me interested when walking by), but the quality of the food doesn’t match the price. My friend and I were actually debating on multiple occasions if some dishes were to be split because they were $50-$60. Service was good, but extremely pricey for what it is.

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EG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Cool ambiance for us grown-ups who wanted a nice dinner together. Nice wine selection. Prices as expected for a nice (but not fancy schmancy) restaurant in this neighborhood.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Eh.....not so great

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and tasty food and a good variety/menu. Highly recommend.

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Q
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was very good - the food, the ambiance, etc. - but they had run out of several dishes. One they told us about, and subbed in what we said was our second choice, but the other they subbed in without telling us, which was kind of odd. Otherwise a lovely dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aristoteles was the best waiter and food excellent.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cool atmosphere. For most of the meal we were the ONLY ones on the restaurant. I felt that the servers could have been more knowledgeable and attentive especially since no one else was there. The food was very good but expensive for what it was.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but I thought way overpriced. The drinks were also much more expensive than similar restaurants, and miniscule. The music was too loud and we had to ask them to lower the volume.

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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brian was incredibly sweet and helpful. Thank you for a lovely birthday dinner for my sister!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Chicago. Great atmosphere and service. Chicken was dry and underwhelming. Lamb was better but again underwhelming for the price. Was looking for NYC food experience to impress and will keep looking.

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

Nice ambiance and very friendly atmosphere and service. Food and cocktails were lacking refinement and creativity that one would expect at this price. We had Greek meatballs, branzino, Merakia salad, roasted broccoli.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great atmosphere. Extensive menu. Would recommend the prix fix during the week based on the dishes we would up ordering.

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JF
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was very good, but we were recommended far too much to eat between two persons which was a shame and meant we were unable to eat a large portion of our meal.

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DC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I have been to this restaurant 3 times and was impressed with my first couple of visits. This last visit, the service was terrible and impersonal. We were seated in front of a hot fireplace. Server did not bother to ask if I wanted more wine. Every other person at the table was offered more drinks. I ordered the “dancing lamb” (a specialty, presumably, priced at $42), recommended to me by the server. It was very dry, full of bones, tendons and otherwise, mostly inedible. One of my dinner guests ordered the moussaka: virtually NO eggplant could be tasted in the dish. Salad was, however, very nice and the appetizers were delicious. I will not return to this establishment.

We were entertaining clients and I did not want to raise the unfortunate issue to the manager on a very crowded and loud evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

We arrived at 8 pm on a Friday, they had run out of two out of their three lamb dishes and also the vegetable lasagna, and they let you know only when you already ordered your drinks! They should have alerted us. Overpriced for what it is!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional restaurant! Best service of any place I have been to in New York. A must!

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience overall. Our server, Danny, was super friendly, fair, and gave the best recommendations for what to order. We got the Dancing Lamb and the Mountaintheif’s Klefitko, and both were scrumptious!! Great portions too.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the service was friendly, but neither was extraordinary. I am more than happy to pay NYC prices for an upscale meal, but in this case, the prices seemed exhorbitant. The $51 lamb was tasty, but nothing special. I would have been as satisfied with a $12 Schwarma sandwich frankly

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CG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It's a must try, the food was delicious, the ambient is incredible, and the service was outstanding

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AB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!
Beautiful dinning room.
Food was really good and service was on top.
Only downside is the price. I find it a little bit pricey for some items but nothing completely unreasonable.
Will definitely go back.

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KP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We come her a 1 -3 times per month, great food & service.

Merakia (FKA Kat and Theo)
Responded on March 13, 2019

Thank you Karen. It's good to hear that you've become a regular. cheers!

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Restaurant had great lighting and a great mix of different types of spaces (near the window, booths, dining room at the back). Even though we had a reservation, we were seated at the front near the bar, which is not where you want to be in this kind of spot. The back has so much more life and character.

Service was okay, nothing special but nice servers so couldn’t complain.


Food was generally flavorful but too expensive for what we were getting. We had one drink each, a couple of appetizers and a main each and it was about $250. Not the best value for money.

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m
New York Area
215 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This new re-birth of Kat and Theo is very pleasant. The ambiance is very good although it is, in common with most NYC restaurants, rather noisy, especially on Friday nights with parties. The food is very good, especially the lamb dishes. The prices are quite high although probably in keeping with restaurants of that standard in Manhattan. The lamb leg I had was very tender and well cooked. I would return here.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For a casual meal, I thought it was on the expensive side. The waiter tried some up-selling which was not appreciated, and waiter service was somewhat slow. The food was good, and very generous serving sizes.

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! The grilled octopus was really good! Great service!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making my birthday so wonderful. The staff were all so kind and attentive and gave us a beautiful table. I will definitely be back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A romantic place. We recommend sharing the yoghurt and cherry desert.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Underrated spot...beautiful ambiance, great service, great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the things are perfect, if there's a very little suggestion, it is that there should be more waiters during the dinner time, or the waiters will be too busy to make good service to every guest.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I got this recommendation from Time out, and we went right after Valentine’s Day. I thought the place will be more upscale than it is, but this is fine. Food is good, but overall service was way below average. They charged the wine 2 times, my wife’s fish was cold and the bartender poured the wine without having me trying it. I might have gotten unlucky that night, but I'm not thinking about coming back soon.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Lamp was dry and all other dishes lucked the real authentic spiced flavor...

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WW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so so so so good. Awesome date on Valentines.

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P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went out for Valentine’s Day dinner.
Was actually 3 of us.
Food was just ok, as matter of fact fish was way to fishy, quail with no meat on it.
Desserts... just ok.
Great, friendly service. Good drinks. Comfortable seating.
$750 (3ppl, 3 cocktails each)

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was iight

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Went for Valentines Day and at that price point you need to have solid service. Could not have been more disappointed and wont be back due to it - how many times are you going to walk past my empty drink on the edge of the table?!?!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I attended the restaurant on Valentine’s Day and my girlfriend and I were very happy with the setting and food options. We will definitely be back on a regular night in the near future.

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