Merakia (FKA Kat and Theo)

4.4
220 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Steakhouse, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 380-1950 ext. 0
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Merakia can accommodate all your special event needs. Please email events@merakia.com for more info.
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Private party contact
Taryn Spivack: (855) 970-2152
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Catering
We offer Off Site Catering for small and large events. We have 3 dining rooms and a bar room which can be booked separately or as a buyout for the entire space. We can accommodate parties from intimate gatherings to larger cocktail parties and sit down dinners. Our chefs and beverage team can customize menus for each event tailored to client need and theme.
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Cross street
between 5th & 6th avenues
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Parking details
Parking Garage next door and across the street
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Public transit
R,W @ 23rd st and 5th ave
6 @ 23rd and Park
F, M @ 23rd and 6th ave
PATH @ 23rd and 6th ave
1 @ 23rd and 7th ave
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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 220 People Are Saying
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JL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

The kitchen was not prepared for the lunch rush, the waiter did not prioritize her guests by “ first come, first serve” , everyone around us got their orders in and plates out but I was literally the first one at the restaurant when they opened for lunch. That alone is ridiculous. And then our waiter and the host were kind of socially awakard so it made the whole thing weird. The waiter came over and said “you can have two, only two, free desserts for the the wait we experienced.” We were a party of 5. Lol And at the end the host asked “how was everything” and make jokes about how we should just take the wrong coats they had given to us... so awkward. I can only laugh about it now. The place was beautiful though, the design team did a great job in setting up the ambience and aesthetics of this place.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall nice place, good food, good service, but rather pricey for what it offers.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service.

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LE
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Attractive and inviting, with modern touches such as open kitchen, this restaurant was very enjoyable in appearance, food and service. A Greek steakhouse is a nice touch, and would definitely go back for more!

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RO
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful, open kitchen design, cool seating all work very well to assist in a great evening. The food is very good, most dishes were a hit, lamb chops were amazing, lemon potatoes, tomato salad, etc. The calamari was ok, and the lamb from the spit when we did get it to the table seems a bit well done.
It’s pricey and portions are on the smaller side but the place is worth visiting.

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N
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Food was authentic and great. Service was also great. Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food! The Dancing Lamb was out of this world! Can’t wait to go back!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

it was cute and the food was fine but very $$ for what you got

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SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All around was really lovely! It's *gorgeous* inside and I love the back area which is cozier and more romantic (the front seems more casual). The food was delicious as was the Greek wine we ordered.

Only took a star off because I got there early to tell the hostess it was my bf's dinner and I wanted the to do a candle. I asked her if I should preselect the dessert and she said no -- since it says "birthday" in my opentable reservation, they will automatically bring a dessert selection out with candles. But at the end of the meal the waitress brought us dessert menus, which annoyed me. We ordered a piece of cake and that came with a candle but the surprise element would have been nicer.

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UW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I was there for a business lunch, and we were given the dinner menu for lunch, with prices per entree of $35-60. I found out because she came back out to show us a description of an entree, and the pricing was substantially less $.
Our server was new, but for those prices, shouldn't have been on the floor yet.
I asked for dressing on the side for my salad, it came 'dressed'.
The bell person poured tap water into my seltzer glass.
I entertain clients all the time, and this was the most embarassing lunch I've hosted.

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NL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We all thought the food was outstanding. We shared a selection of dips to begin with accompanied by excellent pita bread. I had a whole branzino, my wife a great lamb dish and our guest a filet mignon. We also had an excellent Greek Pinot Noir.
The restaurant is very pretty and modern looking.
I highly recommend Merakia.

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LH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambiance, service, apps and special treatment. Greek and steak specialties paired with vegan options so all can be full and happy.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very nice inside, wasn't very crowded, but had a nice atmosphere, very lively. Drink selection was alright at best. Our drinks we did have were very good, just felt like the selection was lacking a bit. Then the appetizers: octopus was mediocre, but the dip combo was pretty good. Nothing amazing, and I feel like I've had much better in the city for this price. Worst of all-- how can you be OUT of halloumi? You only have like a handful of appetizers, and halloumi is like the most traditional and commonplace appetizer. I read other reviews about the restaurant being out of items as well before. It's just inexcusable for a Friday night restaurant to be out of a staple cheese. The filet was pretty good, but he didn't ask us how we wanted it cooked. The servers barely spoke English, and tried to take our plates away multiple times as we were actively eating with pita/food in our hands. Then, we would explain we weren't finished and they wouldn't understand. Overall, kind of a nightmare with the busboys, although our server was kind. Bill came to $200 + tip for two people. NOT worth it at all. Much better mediterranean fare in the city for this price.

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LM
Sacramento
57 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful hosts, Renee & Andres!! High end dining, service was flawless!! Best Greek food in Manhattan.

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MY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

place was super cute and food was good. However, the front section is less ideal where we were seated. The booths in the back looked nice

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe lunch is a delicious treat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely interior, staff were nice and let us pick where to sit. We had the meatballs and octopus, both delicious. For the main we had the lamb spit (best between 19:00-20:30) which was outstanding. Would go back just for that lamb.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Price on the menu was higher than the website. No issues paying but left a sour feeling. Need to streamline public info so those feelings do not spoil a great meal.

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F
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We have booked the specific table but it wasn’t ready when we walked in... the hosts weren’t so approachable and the end of dinner we just asked a bill but a friend of us went to pay the bill directly to the cashier and the waiter charged to him wrong table after a refund and pay the right bill which was less we left never again.... we were unhappy

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JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Just so average...everything was ‘ok’ and the service was a bit less than ok. I would be more positive about it if it wasn’t also such a poor value. I’m fine paying $60 for steak but it should be great. Too many amazing places to go to to settle for this place. My cocktail was really good though (I’ll give them that)

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal. The server was very friendly, and we got to talk to the sommelier. Food was excellent and would recommend it in the future

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EW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for our anniversary. The staff was extremely friendly and asked if we had a preference where we wanted to sit making sure we got the table we wanted. We ordered Haloumi (a must if you love cheese) and the Dip In sampling. They were all so good! We both ordered steak (the filet and the NY strip). They were great with preparing them both just how we asked. (I was told to ask for light salt and pepper on the filet) so if your not a fan do the same! Also as a note they don’t come with anything else so order a side. We did the grilled asparagus and Mac & cheese (the Mac & Cheese needs a little work), asparagus was great. The manager came over to check on us and our waitress was attentive and made sure everything was perfect. The atmosphere is incredible wether in the front or the more intimate back room. (Note if it’s not busy they most likely won’t seat anyone in the back).

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2
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - good food, wine and service. Highly recommended for a beautiful meal and a space where you can hear yourself and your guests.

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AB
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and place

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RD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Unfortunately, the night our party of 2 had dinner at Merakia, they seemed to be short on many of their menu items. They were out of the cocktail I'd wanted, all draft beer, the lamb stew we'd planned to order, as well as the lamb on a spit (this last meal was not a surprise as we went on the later side on a Saturday evening and it's the most popular item). Our server was wonderful and was able to have the bartender make me a comparable drink, as well as spoke to the kitchen about the lamb stew and they managed to put the dish together for us. I think they were having an "off" night in terms of inventory or something, because the previous time I'd eaten at Merakia was phenomenal. My date loved the lamb stew, but because I'd eaten it before and raved about it, whatever the kitchen cooked up for us was only okay to me - the meat was a little dry. Otherwise, we had a lovely, delicious meal complete with apps & dessert. I would definitely return to Merakia and recommend it to others.

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YZ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We went early (reservation at 5:45) and the staff was very attentive. Food was also delicious. Thank you!

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, fantastic food and quality service!

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2
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great simple but flavorful food, wonderful wine list and overall phenomenal service. Merakia has become a regular, reliable, and delicious dinner option. It's a beautiful space to sit in too!

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FR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was not what I expected. There were two large groups that night and they were more concerned with those two groups, than customers at the tables.
The music was beyond loud and the atmosphere was not calming, yes it was upbeat and energetic but you could not hold a dinner conversation, because of the blaring music.
The restaurant was also very dark which made reading the menu very difficult, and our server was new and could not answer our questions.

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R
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had. The food was delicious and the restaurant vibe was lively and festive. I highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was excellent. The waiter seemed mentally comprised, by what I’m not sure. He was unprofessional, forgetful, inattentive and rude.

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H
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall great, however despite putting in a note about celebrating a special occasion it was somehow ignored/missed by the restaurant staff.

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KP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been several times & enjoy the friendly service, good food. They had changed the menu at this last visit, seem to have added a number of pricier dishes and removed a favorite lamb item. But still good and we were able to stay on budget for our business lunch. Wish they would add a lamb burger. Several of us have mentioned we're surprised they don't have one on the menu.

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JI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was average. There are many Mediterranean restaurants around the area that offer much better quality of food unfortunately. It’s such a shame since the place has great ambience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

Way overpriced compared to the quality/quantity of the food. Will not go back.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best rib eye in NYC!

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has beautiful decor and nice ambiance. The service was very good. The food was good enough but not outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Octopus i ever had!!!! 😍

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SF
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good but waaaaay too pricey. Every dish is 2x what it should cost. Either double the amount of food on every plate, or drop prices in half.

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly service. Food was very tasty. We had all 4 'dips' to start - the Chicken Aliada was special. Vegetable Mousaka was a crowd favorite. We had a group of 4 - sat in the booth overlooking the kitchen, which was fun. Great ambiance.

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