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YEFSI

4.4
4.4
1170 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 535-0293

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Christos Christou / Owner

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Between 78th and 79th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wine

What 1,170 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. N

    Nini

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was very good, there are outdoor tables, generally everything was OK but it is a little overpriced for the portion sizes.
  2. JK

    JeffK

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We have been going to Yefsi for years and it is our top 10. Everything we had to eat was excellent and the Greek custard and phyllo pastry was outstanding! We are looking forward to our next visit.
  3. MK

    MKSt

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and a nice variety of small plates. The garden space is quieter and has more room than the noisy bar area.
  4. M

    Margo

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Yefsi is getting its game back, after a post pandemic slump. We had excellent seafood entrees last night that all four of us enjoyed. Service was attentive. Just the bread was a bit stale. It's one of our neighborhood favorites and we will be back!
  5. w

    wineandine

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Have always enjoyed this restaurant, but we seem to have experienced an off night. The food was very good, but as with all good restaurants during this ongoing Pandemic, prices are high and portions are skimpier. Service was rushed and detracted from a much needed evening of relaxation.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lovely evening with my husband. Staff was very welcoming and accommodating and food was delicious. I would definitely go back to this restaurant.
  7. LY

    LocalYokel

    Edmonton

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very good calamari appetizer was generous and excellent. A certain amount of upselling going on but, hey…I’m a big girl. I can resist. The upsell was worth it! Succulent lamb chops. Everyone enjoyed their meals. A certain amount of sticker shock - I guess related to dining on the Upper East Side of New York. The wine cost about 8 times what we would pay in a liquor store in Canada. We’re used to maybe 40% markup when dining out. This seemed excessive. But, basically a great evening. It’s only money!
  8. QP

    QuietPlease

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service were both excellent.
  9. BR

    BarbaraR

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outside. The servers (manager at times) were very attentive. The Shrimp Santorini and the Greek salad were so flavorful and the shrimp came to us hot out of the oven. All in all great dining experience especially since they were slammed!! Can’t wait to challenge the creative chef another night!!
  10. FB

    FrederickB

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Much better than expected Greek cuisine- definitely not your average Greek restaurant- a cut above.
  11. SK

    SindiK

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    I confirmed the OpenTable res by calling to say we'd like to be seated outside. The hostess said that's totally fine. When we got there, she said there are no tables available. So she setup a couple of table near the shed they're not using. A few minutes later, the landlord of the building brought out a ton of trash which stunk!!! We asked to be moved, which they did so that was fine. Our reservation was for 7:30. We got settled at about 8. The waitress finally took our order. We ordered several apps and 1 entree. She said she would bring dishes out as they were ready which was fine. We were done with the apps by 8:30. We were looking for her to say we didn't want the entree but she never approached us to see how we were doing. At 9pm, the entree came out and we said we didn't want it. She said Moussaka takes a good 20-25 minutes to prepare. I told her it was an hour. She did not backdown so we ate it. It was good but not worth the trouble. I won't be returning.
  12. D

    Donna

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is very delicious. If you like Greek food it is the place to go on the Upper East Side. Fabulous service too.
  13. SS

    StevenS

    New York Area

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very well prepared and tasty Yefsi Chips with Yogurt and the traditional (and super fresh) Greek Salad to startas Mezedes. The Galatoboureko as dessert was absolutely delicious!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    We ordered a salad and when I asked the waiter for a few olives she replied that three came on the salad. When I reiterated a bought a redic plate of olives.
  15. KF

    KathleenF

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bustling trattoria! Lots of menu options. Every dish arrived at the table timely, nicely presented and was delicious. Pleasant surroundings. Highly recommend!
  16. F

    Foodie79

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food always yummy. Service very good and friendly
  17. MS

    MaggyS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best!!! So lucky to have this delightful restaurant in the neighborhood.
  18. TE

    TrudyE

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I have been many times and always enjoy my visit and my meal. The service is excellent and very friendly (not always the same thing but here it’s both)! The food is delicious and the only reason I didn’t give it five this time is that my lamb was kind of bland, which is unusual for this place. I’ve always been happy with the food in the past and our appetizer was fantastic- crispy balls of zucchini and crab (I think) on a bed of skordalia. I think prices have gone up but that’s true everywhere as costs have too.
  19. DP

    DeanP

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    wish we were bigger eaters as the small plates looked amazing. Our lamb dishes (main courses) were excellent and a nice pour for excellent red wine! we will go back but maybe for lunch hoping it is a little less noisy, and then they started playing music too which increased the noise....
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Our waiter forgot about us. Food was good
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Yefsi is consistently good
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Fabulous food, good atmosphere. It was a great evening.
  23. LB

    LisaB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great!! We will go back!!
  24. JA

    JimA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I love going to Yefsi. I always enjoy the horiatiki salad and one of the fish entrees with a side of spinach and rice.
  25. JK

    JeffK

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I are regulars. The food is always excellent. I am a big fan of the Lavraki fish that I have almost every visit and my wife likes anything she has ever ordered. The service is professional and friendly and the ambiance lively. I am looking forward to visiting again soon!
  26. T

    Theger

    New York Area

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Started with the grilled baby octopus which was cooked to perfection. Then the branzino which was good but could’ve been a little more tasty, was a little bland. The atmosphere was hopping. Would return when in the neighborhood.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious meal and excellent service at Yefsi.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The fish was well prepared - loved veggie chips appetizer - Greek salad - lamb shanks Great local spot
  29. SJ

    SallyJ

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    As we were passed our menus, we were told by the server that we have an hour half at the table because they are a busy. Really? Then say that when you make the reservation - for which you have to give a credit card even with 3 people. Or say it nicely or how about asking if that's ok or is it a problem? Their food is good but I will never go back even though it is around the corner from where I live.
  30. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Good food, better than most other Greek restaurants in the UES.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always very good
  32. KA

    KirstenA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we sat down we felt well taken care of. The ambiance, food and staff made our night feel like it was a special occasion. We will definitely be going back… probably weekly!
  33. NY

    NYflicka

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love coming to Yefsi and were so happy to return. Stilios, the manager, is delightful as is the staff. The food is really tasty as well.
  34. JT

    JTMC

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice neighborhood dining place. Great salad and entree selection. I thought wine prices were a bit high.
  35. c

    chuck

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent, so is the service. Dividers between the tables make you feel safe indoors
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All good - food was delicious
  37. AH

    AnnaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fun and festive evening. Great energy. The food was yummy. Especially the appetizers. Friendly staff.
  38. S

    Steph

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Ordered halibut special It was dry and tasteless Shrimp appetizer was very good Service was attentive
  39. M

    Maggie

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Atmosphere was good. Our waiter was very good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice meal - great food. Great service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

YEFSI does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. YEFSI also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 535-0293.

YEFSI is rated 4.4 stars by 1170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for YEFSI

1481 York Avenue, New York, NY 10075

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 78th and 79th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christos Christou / Owner

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Wine

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