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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?

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About YEFSI

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.

1481 York Avenue
New York, NY 10075
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 535-0293

Website:
http://www.yefsiestiatorio.com/

Executive Chef:
Christos Christou / Owner

YEFSI Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Casual (12)
Authentic (11)
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Good for a Date (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service! The food was amazing!!!!!
Highly recommended for a date or get together with friends and family:)
The stuff was very welcoming and attentive:)
It was my first time and I will definitely will come back!!!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Hi grade Greek /middle eastern cooking, Very fresh fish..wonderful Lemon chicken..
Excellent wine list..decent prices..can be a little tight at certain tables..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Have been going to Yefsi for many years. I would recommend sitting in the garden due to the high noise level. Please try the zucchini chips and ask for pita bread. The chicken dish with lemon potatoes is very good. Their food is very good and vegans will have choices. The service was very poor and this usually is not the case. Maybe it was an off night. Thank

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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food4
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service2
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our waiter was fabulous. He gave us great recommendations?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was excellent. The portions are fairly big. The staff was very nice and accommodating. The only thing to be aware of is that the place is quite loud. There is a lovely patio. Candles for dates. Highly recommended for Greek food fans.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Consistently good food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fabulous Greek food!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious Food. Had grilled swordfish and spinach rice pilaf.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Glasgow)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great hospitable service and wonderful food!

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Lovely neighborhood restaurant with inviting and elegant decor. The staff was very friendly and service was very timely even on a Friday evening. The food was flavorful and my fish was cooked to perfection.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Wow is it noisy! If you like a lot of noise--Yefsi is for you!
Even eating outside it was difficult to have a conversation--there was an extremely loud party near us (a big group at long tables) who screamed the whole time.
The noise level inside is even worse.
Our waiter was lovely and service was excellent.
The food was just ok--honestly, nothing special.
I was hoping for better, but it was not to be.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent experience. Would highly recommend the octopus!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Came here for my birthday. Live just down the block and have been waiting for an occasion to try the restaurant. It was perfect. The staff was super helpful, great recommendations, accommodating of my friend who's train got stuck and was late, all in all, just thumbs up!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We live two blocks away! We'll definitely go back! Good food, great service..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Consistently great food! Great service.
Just the best!

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My friend & I were most pleased with the food & the service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Friendly service, decent food that could be seasoned a little more. Avgolemono soup very good; both flavorful and not stingy on the chicken and orzo within. Enjoyed a seafood salad with octopus, squid, shrimp but it could have been better seasoned and shrimp was a bit overcooked. My companion had lamb with rice pilaf, and again the food was under-seasoned yet otherwise nicely cooked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Once again Yefsi did not disappoint. Food was fresh and tasty, service was excellent and as always staff were polite and friendly. One word to some people who find this restaurant a bit loud and noisy....it's a popular and busy restaurant and it's in manhattan what do they expect. And to the owners of Yefsi keep up the good work but maybe after 5 years maybe the place needs a little 'freshening' up!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Always enjoy the food. Can be too loud at times, wish that could be improved!
Comfortable feeling in the environment.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Live in the neighborhood and went here for dinner. Food was good however the service was so poor. Took forever to order even a drink, and no one was attentive about clearing plates or refilling water. It was also super loud so the acoustics are off.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food is very good but the service was awfully slow for a weeknight evening. We were sitting outside which was nice because the noise level was deafening inside. We waited almost an hour for our entree.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food is always very good, however, there is always a high level of noise.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Went to Yefsi for a quick bite. We live in the neighborhood. Really great food, but waiter was a bit inattentive. My husband has a severe nut allergy , but seemed totally unconcerned. I will def go back, but this was unfortunate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Such a great place to have right around the corner.
Love the spreads and Greek salad.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Awesome food! Great service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Delicious...
The flavours were truly authentic.
Brought me back you my childhood summers in Greece.
Chef Christo is truly a craftsman.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We went to Yefsi on the recommendation of a friend, and we were not disappointed. A particular value in Manhattan, the food was excellent, and the staff was quite personable. We'll go back the next time we're in New York.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I took my Mom here last minute because she loves Greek food..and were we happily surprised!! Great food, wine and service! Can't wait to go back..

Tags: Casual, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

THE OWNER BENDS OVER BACKWARDS TO PLEASE. FOOD IS DELICIOUS-SEASONED TO PERFECTION. A REAL NEIGHBORHOOD GEM.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Good food and service - but, noise level is impossible any day of the week.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

They were out of some our favorites. But still good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I just moved into the neighborhood and decided to check out restaurants on York Avenue. The service was excellent and the food was prepared very well. I love Greek food and this restaurant has traditional as well as other interesting selections. I think it's a great choice!

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Consistently good food and service! Christos is always there and makes everyone feel welcome! Highly recommend Yesfi as one of the best in the city and definitely the best on the UES for Greek Cuisine!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

As always, my favorite place: third time this month. Ordered the chicken with lemon potatoes . Spinach Pie and Fried Cheese for appetizers. Great combination with a bottle of Sancere. Highly recommend YEFSI once again! You won't go wrong here. A neighborhood gem!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Very very loud

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

greek seafood at its best in Manhattan. Octopus was to die for! I will return again and again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

5th time there. Food has been consistently excellent. Becoming a neighborhood regular there.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

This is my absolute favorite restaurant and I live in the neighborhood. Every dish is great. We had the chicken with lemon potatoes ( one of my favorites) and the Salmon ( always great) but you can't go wrong with any of the dishes. I have had them all. The appetizers (octopus especially) are generous and really perfect to start. Try the yogurt dessert with sauce!
We ate outside and it was a lovely night. The very back semi outdoor room is nice. Sometimes when busy the middle can get a bit noisy but seems nobody minds too much. Cheers to Chef Christos!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Fantastic restaurant; we booked a table for outdoors since weather was nice and we had a service dog with us.
Waiter was attentive as we got seated quickly before it got crowded. Great recommendation on apps; we got the grilled baby octopus, fried zucchini chips and the croquets. All apps were amazing as they timed each dish apart so we weren't overload with all the dishes. We ordered the 33oz steak to share and it was the perfect amount for the 2 of us, along with the Greek fries on the side. Overall, restaurant was great, this was on a Sunday evening and we got out reservation with rather ease; but come early or else it would get booked fast. Our dinner time was 6:30p. I can't comment on how noisy it is inside as experienced by previous guests.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great food. Family friendly ambiance.

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