YEFSI

4.5
1021 reviews
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Greek
YEFSI Estiatorio is a Taste of Greece in the Upper East Side.
Greek dining is as social an experience as it is culinary. Mezedes are the centerpiece of Christos’ menu, influenced by his travels throughout the Greek Isles to gain inspiration.
YEFSI features the traditional and contemporary Greek specialties, such as grilled whole fish, prime chops, meats and an eclectic selection of contemporary appetizers.

YEFSI Estiatorio, lead by Executive Chef/Owner, Christos Christou is a stand-alone restaurant. It is not affiliated with any other locations within Manhattan.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

An unexpectedly great Greek restaurant on York Avenue. If we just had a better way to get up here, we'd be here all the time. Who wants to carpool?

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1021 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated at a table for 2 in their backyard patio, which is enclosed, air conditioned and very comfortable. The server was very attentive throughout the meal. Recommendations were spot on. The cocktails were tasty and refreshing, especially the Opa Rose and Myko-jito. We had the zucchini and eggplant chips and the red beets for appetizers. Dinner was Lavraki white fish for us both. For dessert we shared baklava - yum! We would return again!

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UE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Ate on a Wednesday night - Restaurant was super busy and tables very tight. Service a bit slow. But waiter very nice and let us move tables when a quieter area of the room had a table available. Good food.

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was much too noisy - table behind us were older BUT so loud, we couldn’t talk and left before dessert.

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, Decent wine choices, Decent value. Make you feel like a neighborhood regular!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Highly recommended neighborhood Greek restaurant. The food is amazing, Greek focused value wine list is great, and the service is friendly.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Llegamos en el horario de la reserva. Estaba casi vacío el lugar. El vino caliente y la comida fría. No volveré. No sé si habrán cambiado de dueños. Pero fue una experiencia horrible.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Highly recommend!

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MP
Sydney / NSW
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Yefsi is always consistently good. No complaints from me. Terrific neighborhood restaurant.

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PF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with good food

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

Table by the bar was very noisy. Food was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yefsi is a great neighborhood spot! Nice service and great food. We really liked the lamb kebabs, bifteki and zucchini cakes. And our cocktail and wine, too. It’s on the loud side, but a fun, lively and happy ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday for girlfriend. Surprised with dessert. Great food and service

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m
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was very poor and dishes ot completely explained on the menu.
My friend almost choked on the amount of pepper on her salad!
Waitress was very argumentative about the dish, she claimed everything was spelled out in the menu, which it was not.
I had to ask 3 times to get some extra lemon.
SAD, it used to be very good with good service!

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

Always a pleasure to dine at Yefsi.

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f
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and drinks were very good. Just too noisy for my taste. Hard to converse.

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

YES to YEFSI! Lively UES spot with super fresh foods prepared simply & well. Attentive & efficient staff.

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AL
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time there. Great seafood. A little loud in the far back but not the fault of the place but of the drunk woman at the next table.

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CD
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Alex is an amazing waiter. Santorini Shrimps are the best dish

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MM
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was a little loud we were there with our baby p.m. understanding it was 9 PM on a Friday night but I left to take my baby out and when I came back they threw out our food which I wanted wrapped I like the food but oh well

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VG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good but unfortunately there was a hair in my piece of bread. Also we arrived on time for our 8 pm reservation and were not seated until 8:30 pm.

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MG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Restaurant!!!! Food is delicious and best lamb chops in NYC.

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JL
New England
29 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very loud, especially the table next to us. Waitstaff nice. Had a glass of Rose, and Branzino with no starter, desert, coffee or special side dish and it cost $68! Too much for what it was- a nice meal, nothing special.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious but the restaurant is SUPER loud

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fresh and delicious! Our party Had the sea bass, and octopus for entree and dips and zucchini crochettes for appetizers. Would definitely come back

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EG
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been to Yeftsi several times and always enjoy the experience. The entree I ordered which I ordered before has changed to a rather spicy sauce covering the fish. for those who like spice it might be fine, but, for me, it was too much. Otherwise, it is a very nice dining experience.

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D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently delicious and the service was wonderful. The prices are just a bit high based on the portions and the noise level is extreme.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was awesome. Service was slow on the night we visited.

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n
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for brunch on Mother's Day. Then finding out there was no brunch that day. The service and food were very good. We sat outside on the patio. It would be nice to have the plastic and windows clean up there. Not the best sight to see while eating.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day lunch was so delicious and the waiters are very attentive. Pretty ambiance too

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The owner was so nice and accommodating. Place was crowded but service was great.

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DL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant. The chef is very good and used to cook for Obama. Really great food and reasonable for the Upper Eastside.
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b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was very disappointing.
Octopodi, one of their signature dishes, was prepared in a heavy mustard sauce.
Pieces od octopus were very small
Little variety of greek dishes as appetizers

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great meal at yefsi. Ambience is fantastic. I love the indoor/outdoor feel of the back room. Staff is warm and friendly. Food has never disappointed.

I will continue to keep it in my regular rotation!

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MT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Easter to visit this wonderful Greek restaurant. Service was great considering the restaurant was completely full.

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A m a z i n g !!!!!!!!!!!!

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HE
Tokyo
47 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

There was nothing wrong with our server, but in general the overall service at the restaurant was rough. We were seated near the service station, and saw a few (not just one!) occasions of glasses fallen and broken in 2hours or so.. Appetizers (octopuses, ceviche...) were good.

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z
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. Tables on top of each other

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and fresh at Yefsi. The service is excellent. This is like home for us! Highly recommend!

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mediterranean food in NYC! The ambiance is lovely and the service is amazing! Hands down fabulous!

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D
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Don’t expect to be seated on time , cause when you get seated it’s disappointing

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